Sep 12, 2015
For most of us, "Freedom of Religion" is a topic that was
mentioned in school as one of the freedoms we have, and that was
about it. Unless, of course, you were a member of a faith
that was not in local fashion. But lately, some folks have
been trying to claim another "Freedom of Religion", only this time
it's their "freedom" to impose their religion upon others.
We have a case of a county clerk whose job includes issuing marriage licenses to all qualified applicants. But, because of the version of Christianity which she follows, she refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We have another case in which a young woman who works as a flight attendant on airliners discovered that her new religious faith prohibits her from serving alcohol. We've also heard cases of Somali refugees working as grocery clerks refusing to deal with pork.
We need to respect each other's faith and all it entails, but how do we accommodate, get the job done, and maintain fairness?