As we celebrate national Religious Freedom Day today, it’s worth reflecting on the freedoms we are daily letting slip away. That old adage, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” is being replaced with, “You are entitled to your own opinion as long as it does not contradict the politically correct views of the cultural elite.” Across the country the freedoms of speech and conscience are being sacrificed.
Violating one’s deeply held moral beliefs should not be a condition of owning a business, holding a job or purchasing a product, like health insurance, in our country. Freedom to practice one’s religion, or speak according to one’s conscience, is protected not only in one’s home or place of worship, but also in the public square. It extends to one’s healthcare plan, job and business operations.
Numerous instances demonstrate a trend of those who believe something other than what is considered politically correct being discriminated against, fined, punished, or silenced into compliance.
Just ask Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, who were sued for refusing to photograph a same-sex wedding, due to their moral beliefs, and told by the New Mexico Supreme Court that photographing a same-sex wedding is the “price of citizenship.” Their case, Elaine Photography v. Willock, is pending Supreme Court review with numerous amici briefs filed from those who support re-defining marriage, but who believe, as 85 percent of Americans do, that Christian wedding photographers should be allowed to recuse themselves from photographing a same-sex wedding, if they are morally opposed.
Or Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, who risks being sent to jail for refusing to obey a court order forcing him to bake a wedding cake for same-sex weddings. Colorado, however, is one of 33 states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Phillips is being forced by the state to participate in a marriage celebration that his own state does not recognize. This is little more than repression.
And what about pro-life Americans who are being denied basic transparency when it comes to abortion coverage in the Obamacare healthcare exchanges? The “abortion secrecy” clause prohibits those who participate in Obamacare from knowing whether or not their chosen plans contain abortion coverage until after they’ve selected them.