CBS: Religious Freedom Laws are ‘Licenses to Discriminate’


Religious freedom is under attack in the U.S. Those who oppose funding abortions are fighting legal battles in order to keep from being forced to choose between violating their consciences and violating the law. Those who dare to regard a traditional view of marriage are labeled “bigots.” Politely refusing to cater homosexual weddings on religious grounds incurs the full wrath of the Obama Justice Department. And even those who believe that a man and woman should not share the same public bathroom are being opposed by the federal government.

In order to codify some shred of commonsense, 34 states have proposed bills that would restore religious freedoms in some capacity and the left is panicking as the right appears to finally have had enough of the radical leftist agenda that has infected all corners of society.

The media has worked diligently to frame the bathroom controversy as an issue of civil rights. For conservatives, it’s an issue of commonsense. The same left that asserts that special snowflakes have a right to a “safe space” on college campuses to be free from any offense is the same left that insists that little girls shouldn’t have a safe space to use the facilities without being accompanied by perverted men and mentally ill men.

In a ridiculous piece of propaganda for CBS Sunday Morning, correspondent Mark Strassmann offered a discussion regarding the bathroom controversy in the context of opposing religious freedom legislation.

“North Carolina’s public bathrooms are the new frontier in American civil rights law,” he stated. “Just since the beginning of this year, lawmakers in 34 states have proposed so-called ‘bathroom’ bills and ‘religious freedom’ laws that, critics say, target gay, lesbian and transgender people.”

He explained that the groundwork for this supposed discrimination was laid in the 1990’s.

“These state actions descend from a little-known bipartisan bill signed into law by President Clinton back in 1993….The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, prohibited the government from unduly interfering in the way Americans express religious beliefs.”

Strassmann spoke with University of Pennsylvania law professor and leftwing zealot Marci Hamilton.

“It’s really hard to explain what was happening. Basically, the civil rights groups dropped the ball. Everybody was just so excited about religious freedom – how could you be opposed to religious freedom? But the very smart, very conservative evangelical groups knew what their agenda was.”

Summarizing, Strassmann declared: “…she argues that RFRA, in effect, granted a license to discriminate.”

Hamilton claimed, “And it’s tilted the balance so that people now have a concept that whatever they believe, they can get around the law….now, every law is under attack because of this message of complete liberty.”

It sounds so insidious, right? “Those darn evangelicals and their rampant discrimination!” What is their “agenda?” To allow people to view marriage as it has been for thousands of years, not be forced to fund infanticide and to be allowed to pee in peace without leering perverts and weirdos.

So radical!

Strassman played devil’s advocate and questioned why a florist should be compelled to offer services to a same-sex couple looking to perform a ceremony that they call marriage.

“If your lifestyle offends me, why should I be obligated to provide a service when I’m not comfortable with you as a person?”

The liberal professor took the bait:

“Because that’s how the free market works. When you walk into Best Buy, nobody should be asking you what your religion is, or what your sexual orientation is, or what you did yesterday.”

Actually, how the free market is supposed to work is that both the buyer and seller have choices. If an arrangement is not convenient or acceptable to both parties, the buyer should feel compelled to go elsewhere- not get the federal government to crush business owners who are only abiding by their consciences.

The zealot continued to rant, “It’s Jim Crow. It’s just that there are different targets at this point for some of the people.”

Strassmann kept feeding her softballs and appeared thoroughly unwilling to mount any legitimate countering viewpoint. “And the targets are?” Hamilton explained,

“Targets are the LGBTQ community, sadly. Not just same-sex couples; the entire community is being targeted.”

In this twisted scenario, the people looking to radically alter society and force people to believe as they believe and do as they say are the “targets” of discrimination.

In reality, even a third grade understanding of U.S. history would reveal that our nation was founded upon a principle of religious liberty and the need to protect people from religious persecution.

Forcing people to choose between violating their religious beliefs and violating the law is unconscionable and in opposition to everything this nation was built upon.

For the perpetually-offended, however, religious liberty is nothing but a hurdle that must be squashed on the way to achieving the “progressive” utopian society of moral relativism.

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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