We know there are millions of “progressive Christians” and more Liberal People of Faith across the country, who see “Religious Liberty” as more than MY RELIGION has the LIBERTY to do Anything we want to and You can’t stop Us! (Question for these Religiously Correct Folks: Aren’t YOU the ones who keep sounding the alarm that “Sharia law is coming!”. . .”[Muslim Religious Law] is coming!”. . .??)
Here’s a hopeful and helpful voice from the Reasonably Religious (Think Progress):
But while conservatives would have the American public believe that protecting Hobby Lobby is about protecting all religious people, the reality is that today’s ruling actually hurts people of faith.
Julia K. Stronks, evangelical Christian and political science professor at Whitworth University, teamed up with Jeffrey F. Peipert, a Jewish family-planning physician, to pen an op-ed for Roll Call earlier this month in which they argue that granting Hobby Lobby religious exemption will actually lead to more abortions. They write:
Although the owners of these for-profit corporations oppose the contraceptive requirement because of their pro-life religious beliefs, the requirement they oppose will dramatically reduce abortions. … Imagine a million fewer unintended pregnancies. Imagine healthier babies, moms and families. Imagine up to 800,000 fewer abortions. No matter your faith or political beliefs, our hunch is that we can all agree that fewer unplanned pregnancies and fewer abortions would be a blessing.
These voices represent the majority of religious Americans who insist that today’s pro-Hobby Lobby decision isn’t about protecting “religious liberty.” Instead, it’s just a victory for one kind of religion, specifically the (usually conservative) faith of those privileged enough to own and operate massive corporations. That might be good news for the wealthy private business owners like the heads of Hobby Lobby, but for millions of religious Americans sitting in the pews — not to mention thousands working in Hobby Lobby stores — their sacred and constitutional right to religious freedom just became compromised.
Another good reason to support Rational Lobbyists like Americans United. Truth [and Faith] is not a “Hobby” for these folks.