Is Religion Really Bad for Society?
By Michael Duduit
Today’s headlines reflect a remarkable turn in American culture: Religious faith is under attack. Here are some examples (from the website of the Alliance Defending Freedom):
• A then-second-grade student at a public school in New Jersey was told that she could not sing “Awesome God” in an after-school talent show.
• A pastor of a church in Arizona was ordered to stop holding meetings or Bible studies in his private home.
• Five Christian men were threatened with arrest for sharing their faith on a public sidewalk in Virginia.
• A Christian student at a university in Missouri was threatened with having her degree withheld because she refused to write a letter to the state legislature expressing her support for homosexual adoption.
And it doesn’t stop there. Multiple lawsuits have been generated in response to the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare”) and its limitations on religious liberty. For example, the Little Sisters of the Poor (a group of nuns known for their charitable work helping the most helpless in society) found itself in the sights of federal regulators because they refused to purchase insurance for their employees that included contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, both prohibited by their Catholic faith. They were given the alternative of signing a form they believe violates their religious beliefs. The government insists the form is “meaningless,” yet has sued the Little Sisters all the way to the Supreme Court to force them to comply. (The court has put a temporary hold on the government’s demands while the case goes to a lower court).
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