What good is supposed religious freedom if that freedom to worship is subject to approval from a secular government that remains incredibly hostile to organized religion? Our First Amendment protects several integral rights, but what good are they if they are only subject to the approval of government?
Though Americans are forced to endure a never-ending national discussion about the supposed righteousness of homosexual-related issues, there remains shockingly little discussion about the outright persecution of Christians who seek to cling to certain static moral truths. Though it would seem to be commonsense for a Christian business owner to politely refuse business that runs contrary to his religious beliefs, the Obama Administration’s radical DOJ has made it clear that they intend to persecute and prosecute any and all who dare exercise their First Amendment rights.
So, I ask again: what good is a First Amendment if we are not allowed to exercise it?
The Obama Administration is spurred-on by social crusaders who call for government intervention for any and all problems. One such group of obnoxious statists is the nation’s largest homosexual-oriented advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), who recently released a shocking report that details the “disturbing trend” of Christian colleges adhering to their religious doctrine.
Titled “Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk,” the report details 56 religiously-affiliated colleges who utilize waivers under Title IX so that they may adhere to their religious principles under the narrow guidelines and watchful and vengeful eye of government.
Because nothing says “religious freedom” like being required to obtain a waiver in order to worship…
According to the report, “Since 2013, 33 have received exemptions from protections that relate to gender identity, and 23 have received exemptions relating to sexual orientation.”
The report, unsurprisingly, posits that such schools do not hold the right to adhere to religious doctrine which demands a moral condemnation of homosexuality and that such positions are discrimination.
Of course, there are many, many other schools that do not hold religious affiliations. In theory, homosexual students should feel free to attend any one of the many, many other schools that do not hold this belief system. However, according to the HRC, it’s more-important to force religious institutions to abandon their belief systems.
“There is an alarming and growing trend of schools quietly seeking the right to discriminate against LGBT students, and not disclosing that information publicly,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We believe that religious liberty is a bedrock principle of our nation, however faith should never be used as a guise for discrimination. Prospective students and their parents deserve greater transparency, and we urge the Department of Education to take action by helping to increase accountability and to ensure that no student unknowingly enrolls in a school that intends to discriminate against them.”
The Department of Education to require schools to publish comprehensive information about the scope of the exemption they received and the way Title IX still protects students;
The Department of Education to regularly report which educational institutions have been granted Title IX religious exemptions and the scope of those exemptions, and to ensure that the information is provided on the individual schools’ landing page as part of College Navigator; and
Congress to amend the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) governing statute to require OCR to annually report the number of Title IX exemptions that were requested, granted, and denied.
What the report demands is a sullying of these schools before the world and nothing short of routine apologies and renouncement of their religious doctrines.
This, of course, likely serves as the first step towards the predictable conclusion; once the HRC has received the requested Congressional oversight and condemnation, the next step will be the forceful overturning of these policies in a manner reminiscent of the Boy Scouts’ slow demise where administrators were forced to decide between bending to the radical agenda or continually fend-off lawsuits and legal hassles.
The left labors under this preposterous belief that there exists as a human right a right to float through life without ever encountering a conflicting opinion or idea. The world is filled with a great many different philosophies and ideas about life, liberty, God and our time on this Earth.
The fact that the left remains so committed to snuffing-out differing ideas shows that not only are they not actually interested in promoting diversity as they claim to be, but find the idea of ideological diversity absolutely intolerable.