I didn’t write about it, but I had a short back and forth with a right-wing religious person recently about the now infamous phrase “religious liberty.” It’s a term Republicans love to use when they talk about their religious views being “under attack.” The reality is, the only thing “under attack” is their attempt to force their religious views on others through legislation.
These conservatives are essentially trying to legalize discrimination based on the premise of “religious liberty.” But this is nothing new. When people argued that slavery should be legal they often cited religion. When they tried to deny women the right to vote, many used religion as their excuse behind their opposition. When it came to ending segregation and bans on interracial marriage, opponents once again often used religion to validate their opposition.
This person I briefly debated with believed that religion was under attack. Though when I asked them what religious freedoms they had recently lost, they weren’t able to come up with anything. It’s just a line a lot of these people regurgitate because Fox News or some Republican politician spouts it off during a speech.
Ted Cruz’s recent comments at Liberty University are a prime example of that. While speaking at the extremely conservative university, Cruz said, “As believers, we are called to action; not just sitting quietly and hiding our faith under a bushel but to stand and speak no matter what the consequence. Religious liberty has never been more under attack.”
Nobody’s “religious liberties” are under attack. The only “movement” that’s going on in this country is preventing religion from being involved in areas of our society where it shouldn’t be. That’s it.
It’s like I’ve said plenty of times – religion is meant to be private. If people want to attend church 7 days a week, read the Bible all day long and even send their kids to religious private schools, they’re more than welcome to do so.
What people aren’t allowed to do is force others to abide by their religious views. They’re not allowed to own a business and discriminate against specific groups of people citing “religious beliefs.” They’re not allowed to push their religion into public life and violate the First Amendment rights of others.
Ted Cruz, like with most things he says, is just spouting off ridiculous nonsense targeted at the most ignorant among us. Those who want to use religion to justify hate, intolerance and discrimination.
And the only thing that’s “under attack” is their right to do just that.