What is really going on, Georgia? What religious liberty has been trampled? Has the government stepped in and forced churches to disband? Can you not go and worship as you please on any given day of the week at any hour of the day?
I understand the idea of trying to protect religious freedoms and all, but these bills do far more than that. I don’t see where anybody’s right to express their religion has been affected, altered, or compromised in this state or this country. Churches are still being formed daily. TBN and other religious channels are still broadcasting their programs without interference or interruptions. There has been nothing done that affects religious life and practice in this country.
What these laws attempt to do is bring those religious mores and practices into secular America. That should not happen nor should it even be contemplated because of the complex issues that arises. Our founders wisely chose not to champion a national religion and ensured that we all could freely worship as we choose. To try to legislate religious freedoms into secular America would almost necessitate us to pick a national religion. Otherwise, what religious beliefs do we legislate?
This country is majority Christian, but there are also Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and other religions represented in the fabric of our society. How do you choose which religion decides what practices are tolerated in everyday life? Would all women be required to cover their hair as to not offend Muslims and protect their religious freedom? Would the slaughter of cows and the sale of any beef or cow related products be banned to avoid clashing with Hinduism and the followers of that religion? It may seem trivial or even impossible to fathom, but this is the Pandora’s Box that I think would be open with the passage of these laws.
What would a Christian boycott of Delta, Coke, and Home Depot accomplish? If Christians decide to not fly Delta, how many Christian missionaries that travel to Africa are going to choose to make a 2 day trip with several connections to get there instead of a direct 16 hour flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg just to make a point? Even better, how many are going to spend that much more money to have to connect elsewhere on travel when Delta dominates the flights in and out of Atlanta? How many Christians are willing to boycott these companies and risk their fellow Christians jobs, homes, and family lives just to make a point?
When do we just decide to live as a Christian and love everyone as our neighbors instead of loving to go into battle with our neighbors? That’s what being a Christian is all about. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, he didn’t go into battle against his accusers the next day when he came out. God is love, and as a Christian, I was taught to love everyone, sinners included. On that same line of thought, people with different belief systems may have different definitions of what constitutes a sin. If someone commits what a Christian considers a sin, then that doesn’t give you the right to treat them like garbage, you’re supposed to treat them with the same love that you would treat anyone else.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.