Two threats to religious freedom have appeared in a legislature on the East Coast and a court on the West Coast. These attacks are, I think, a microcosm of the systemic attack on religious freedom and conscience in the nation as a whole.
As noted on this blog, President Obama’s administration is seeking to remove conscience rights from healthcare professionals. In Connecticut, state legislators are seeking to define the administrative structure of the Catholic Church (HT: catholicmanhood). In California, the UC Hastings law school is attempting to bar the Christian Legal Society from accepting members who are Christian and profess certain beliefs consistent with Christianity (oral argument here).
Freedom of religion is essential to the flourishing of a democratic society. Indeed, the Founders came to America seeking a land free from religious tyranny where one could worship God according to the “dictates of his own conscience.” These attempts by governmental entities to take from us our religious liberty is repugnant to both the Constitution and the founding principles of our nation.
Religious believers in the United States could be a strong force in the future of conservativism, if only we stand and are willing to suffer the persecution that others are currently suffering. By so doing, we may recover the intent of the founders and return the U.S. to its religious roots.