It may be that part of the reason for "dawdling" on religious freedom is
that sometimes it's tough to distinguish between religious freedom and
ordinary law breaking.Example: a family in Germany claims religious
persecution because they want to educate their kids at home, in a religious way,
but they don't want to go through the process of becoming a licensed
school... so they claim religious persecution.A couple in Wisconsin
decided to depend on faith and the power of prayer to heal their daughter
instead of giving her the insulin needed for her diabetes condition. The
daughter passed away, unfortunately, and the couple was convicted of homicide.
Some people would call this prosecution of the couple religious persecution.Who decides what is persecution and what is simply administering the
rule of law? Abortions are at the lowest level since '73,
which *everyone* thinks is great, but there is evidence that higher rates of
abortion exist among poorer and minority women, because they don't have
access to newer, longer term, more effective birth control methods.The Sisters of the Poor claim persecution because they don't want to
offer birth control.Is this *truly* religious persecution?
More important and productive would be to have an ambassador for freedom from
religion. The Middle East and Utah could benefit significantly .
Why not the USA lead the way and so lead the world by example.As
Joseph Smith pointed out it was an imperfection in the Constitution of the
United States when religious freedom appears to be protected in the Bill of
Rights but, when persecution occurs, the federal government does not enforce
that protection. Anyone familiar with the history of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints must honestly conclude that was a fair assessment of the
case. Since his day the very mention of God in public schools has become
controversial and open prayers are forbidden therein.
Great post 10CC!I think it's great that there is such a vibrant
discussion around individual rights versus religious rights going on. I also
think it's great that abortion rates are decreasing. Despite the
hand-wringing, resistance to change, and continual setbacks, I believe justice
and enlightenment will spread and prevail in the end.
Brilliant plan? Because people don't loathe the US enough by being a global
cop/busybody & messing in the sovereign affairs of other nations.
Since Obama seems to have no interest in religion, I doubt the post will get
filled. Yes he went to hear the anti-white speeches of Rev. Wright, but that
didn't really resemble worship of an omniscient being. Calling it religion
is a stretch. And now he has severed his ties for political reasons. That is
hardly a dedicated worshiper. I suspect he spends more effort on supposed
'white privilege' than on prayer to God.We can't lead
the world to religious freedom as our own nation is in the process of
diminishing religious freedom here. The ambassador would be put in a totally
hypocritical position, and no one around the world would take him/her seriously.
Lets start with democracy and diplomacy, before we start backing more
theocracies and dictatorships, in religious zeal to bless the world.
This ambassador should also protect secular Americans against the rising
oppression by religious majorities in each state.
In the western world the only absence of religious freedom is when that freedom
is used to abuse other people.