In recent years, committed religious Americans and the organizations they support have come under withering fire from the liberal social issues crusade. Whether it’s from the LGBT fascists who would kill any dissent to their worldview and “morality,” or it’s from progressive organizations like the SPLC or the ACLU seeking to shut conservatives and religious people out of the national conversation. Conservative religious folk have come under extreme pressure for their no longer mainstream beliefs.
While the attacks on individual citizens have become common knowledge among conservatives, it’s the attacks on religious organizations that may actually be the more dangerous and immediate threat. While individuals can still argue that their First Amendment rights are being trampled and the average American citizen (and perhaps even court) will support them… organizations are at a disadvantage because they are not recognized as “people.”
So “Christian” universities, schools, hospitals and businesses have a far more difficult time standing against the crushing blows from the left.
- A Christian preschool was sued for rejecting the application of the child of a homosexual couple.
- A gay man sued a Catholic School for firing him when he “married” his homosexual partner.
- Christian charitable hospitals face the threat of shutting down for treating the uninsured.
- Most recently a Muslim man has filed a complaint against Catholic University for not providing him rooms without Christian symbols for his daily prayers.
(We haven’t even mentioned Hobby Lobby and the dozens of other businesses who fought against Obamacare based on the religious convictions of their owners and operators.)
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on Wednesday was speaking to leaders from various Christian colleges when he announced that he would soon be introducing legislation to protect their schools (and other religious organizations) from being discriminated against by the federal government because of their support for traditional marriage.
Wednesday’s announcement was framed as a direct reaction to the issue of tax-exemption and religious belief raised before the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case that will likely be decided this month.
During oral argument of that case, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli indicated religious schools failing to accept same-sex marriage could lose their tax-exempt status were same-sex marriage recognized as a constitutional right.
Senator Lee was not happy (and no one else should be either) with the comments from Verilli, and this legislation responds to the fears that the government may follow through with Verilli’s threats.
“The response uttered by Gen. Verrilli was troubling, to say the very least… The government ought to not only promise that it is not going to force any church to perform a same-sex marriage against its own teachings, but we ought to have a guarantee by the government to the American people … that the government won’t penalize any religious institution or any religious individual —based on a religious belief — that that individual or that institution believes that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. That’s why I wrote this legislation…
We need this legislation. We need to draw lines around the power of government, lines that are there to protect the people from the overpowering influence of government, an overpowering influence that can, from time-to-time, trample on religious freedom.”
Amen, Senator Lee. Amen.