Does Religion Stand a Chance Against ENDA?

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by Carly Hill

Liberals roll their eyes at us. “Oh, don’t be silly,” they say, “Sure, sexual freedom is taking off, but religious institutions will never have to compromise their faith!”

I hear this sort of thing all the time. If you mention concern that institutions like Christian schools could face legal action for not hiring a transgender teacher, Democrats will patronize and claim that although laws like ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act ) will probably get passed, religious institutions will always be exempt.

So, where is our fear coming from? Are we paranoid?

No, we are not paranoid.

In 2006, Chai Feldblum was quoted as saying, “Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner. I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”

Easy for an atheist to say, right? Religious freedom is stupid and problematic to people who don’t have any faith or people who believe that all paths lead to God and there is no right or wrong.

One of the reasons I got interested in politics at all is because my religious freedom and the freedom my baby has when she grows up are vitally important to me. Religious freedom is not something that we just have and can take for granted. Literally, the reason immigrants have always been and continue to be drawn to America is because of our religious rights.

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