ACLU Deputy Legal Director Louise Melling wasted no time in jumping on the anti-Christian bus after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that fabricated a right to homosexual “marriage.”
In a Washington Post op-ed, Melling wrote that the ACLU would no longer defend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed by Congress more than two decades ago after two Native Americans were fired from their jobs for using peyote in religious ceremonies.
In that case, the Supreme Court dismissed the men’s claims under the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. Congress did not agree and passed the RFRA almost unanimously.
But things have changed since then, apparently, because homosexuals.
“We can no longer support the law in its current form,” Melling said. “It is now often used as a sword to discriminate against women, gay and transgender people and others.”
Melling cites the Hobby Lobby decision, which allowed Christian-owned businesses under the RFRA to not provide insurance coverage for abortions and birth control if they violate the business owners’ religious convictions.
Melling also seems to have a problem with religiously affiliated nonprofits and the fact that they can legally not bow to the will of the government.
But the complaints about religious freedom don’t stop there. She gets some digs in at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which declines to give abortions and contraceptives to minor illegal immigrants who come under its care.
Then there are those pesky states.
“In the states, legislators, governors and businesses are citing state religious freedom restoration acts to justify all manner of discrimination against gay men and lesbians,” Melling grouses, “including at commercial establishments. At the federal level, the Justice Department — under both the Bush and Obama administrations — has said that the government would violate the RFRA if it were to require that organizations not discriminate in hiring on religious grounds in order to receive government funding.”
Imagine a church not wanting to hire Wiccans or atheists. Oh, the scandal.
And lest we forget, there is the special suffering of homosexual couples unable to purchase a Christian-made wedding cake.
“People turned away by an inn or bakery suffer the harm of being told that their kind isn’t welcome,” Melling said. “Religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others.”
Unless one is homosexual, apparently.
The warm-up acts for the inevitable assault on religious freedom after Friday’s ruling are right on schedule.