Be careful what you wish for.Religious Freedom entails much more
than simply the right to worship.Same-sex marriage could be viewed
as a "religious freedom" issue as there are many sects and religious
groups that believe it is okay and will perform them.Abortion could
be viewed as a "religious freedom" issue as there are many religious who
believe that a woman should have the right to choose how her body is used.Contraception could be viewed as a "religious freedom" issue as
there are many people who believe that their contraceptive choices
shouldn't be infringed upon by religious nuts.So, be careful
what you wish for.
Tolerance is like many other things. If you want to receive it, be willing to
Religious freedom is crucial for the survival of America. Yesterday Fox showed
Paul Ryan talking about how jobs, education and religious faith can help inner
city kids better than government. The Journalist tried to filter that out and
put words in his mouth. From my experience there are two groups actively
promoting intolerance towards religion, seeking to control religious expression,
and suppressing free speech for certain religious persons. These two groups are
Liberal extremes, and at least one of them has way too much control over media
(read “Crafting Gay Children” by Dr. Reisman) and in the White
House. President Obama promised not to take a “dime from special
interests” but one of these groups is probably the biggest single donor to
his campaign and he complies with their wishes. The fact that Elder
Oaks’ calls for tolerance and freedom from intimidation got him voted
“worst person” by the Liberal SLTribune sent a message to me. The
extreme left apologizes to terrorists for free speech, employs comment activists
and others to attack Christians (especially Mormon Christians) and defenders of
the First Amendment are “worst person.” Sad....and alarming.
@firstamendment;Religious freedom means that ALL religions enjoy
freedom, not just yours.Dallin Oaks is intolerant of other views.
What a surprise.
RanchHand; What other views?
@Shimlau;Views that families are come in several shapes, sizes and
containers. The views that the US Constitution guarantees us all equal
treatment by our government. The views that women are capable of making their
own choices for their bodies and do not need dodgy old men making their
decisions for them.Those are a few of the differing views.
I welcome the evangelicals rising to the legal defense of the Unitarians and
others who want to solemnize same-sex weddings.Interestingly, in two
different Arkansas state legislative races, candidates (one an incumbent, the
other a former incumbent) are getting noticed for their religious views. One
has written that parents should be able to kill their unruly children. The
other defends slavery as sanctioned by God (and considers Lincoln a Marxist).
Both cite the Bible to justify their positions. How would these religious
beliefs fare amongst the religious freedom caucuses? Should they both be
allowed to freely practice their beliefs?Obviously, the freedom to
practice religion needs to be tempered with other considerations. The current
kerfuffle is clearly a selective response to the contraceptive mandates in the
AFA. Where were these people when Jews and Muslims were compelled through
taxation to subsidize swine production?
The people who can't be bothered to show tolerance toward those different
from themselves are now demanding tolerance for themselves. Have we forgotten
the Golden Rule?
@RanchHandElder Dallin H. Oaks has not taken anyone's choice
away.Describing what choices are wrong, bad, evil wicked, or are
good and righteous is his Job as an Apostle [prophet seer and revelator]. I am sure you have the same problem with a other Prophets and Apostles,
especially of the bible, for telling you who and what is sinful.But
that is their Job,and yet NONE of them ever took anyone's
choice away.IN our system, Choices and freedom and liberty are taken
away (or protected) by political bodies.Of which you have voice,
however in our system who ever can persuade the majority of the law makers
wins.But good news, you can live where the lawmakers share your
values and views,and so can everyone else.Unless that
freedom is taken away, which the left seems to want to do, forcing everyone to
live by their views and values, no matter where they live.