Today I have an opinion piece at The Hill, arguing that the Supreme Court should rule in favor of religious organizations, including the Catholic charity Little Sisters of the Poor, Guidestone Financial Resources and other Baptist institutions. against the Obama administration. Oral arguments are being heard this week.
Here’s an excerpt:
I believe that every person will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, and give an account for their life, including how we spent our resources. You don’t have to agree with me on that, or on abortion or on anything else. I don’t even agree with the Little Sisters on their views on the morality of contraception. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that the ministries themselves sincerely believe what the government demands of them is wrong. The government’s theology lesson to these ministries is an expensive one—threatening massive fines every year. The Little Sisters alone face a staggering $70 million penalty just to continue serving elderly poor people as they have for 175 years.
You can read the full editorial here.
The government’s pursuit of Little Sisters of the Poor, Guidestone, and other religious groups is yet another example of how often cultural elites misunderstand not only religious liberty but religious belief itself. This shows up in almost all of these conversations, whether this case or the legislative attempts to codify RFRA. If one cannot empathize with why defying conscience on a matter of religious exercise is a life-or-death concern, then one is free to impute all sorts of evil motives. Why doesn’t the employee at Abercrombie and Fitch just ditch the head scarf to work there? After all, that’s just fashion. Why won’t the Amish just drive in cars down the road like “regular people” do?
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