Religious Liberty Trampling Other Liberties
Some folks try to use their own religious rights to tramp down everyone else’s.
A couple examples:
- Contraception: Powerful people who don’t believe in birth control refuse to cover contraception thru their organization’s insurance
- Gay marriage: No cake-baking for gay weddings if you’re against homosexuality
Apparently, religious rights are more important than any other kind.
Religious rights are more important?
Are religious rights really more important than health and autonomy and fulfilling lives?
Men who prefer men must marry women they don’t love, instead. In which case, some women would marry men who aren’t attracted to them, and who don’t want to be with them. Is that good for anyone?
Or, it’s a lot harder for women to get educations and jobs, or escape abusive marriages, without contraception. That harms women’s life chances. (And their children’s.)
Constant pregnancy hurts women’s health, too.
My religious rights over your religious rights
Actually, whenever we try to limit another person’s rights by claiming “religious liberty,” we harm that person’s religious liberty.
Because we “freedom lovers” are trying to force everyone else to follow our religious dictates. They must follow our religion, not their own.
So a nun watches her Jewish grocery clerk discard the pork she had wanted to buy? She moves down to the Hindu checker, but he won’t let her eat any meat at all.
Next, the Muslim… then Mormon… then Seventh-Day Adventist… then Christian Scientist all say, “No booze for you!” And no tea, either!
What’s a nun to do?
I’m thinking about this because of a Supreme Court decision that came down this week.
Since Antonin Scalia’s death, the conservative bloc couldn’t cobble together enough votes to keep women from accessing birth control that their employers or universities don’t like.
Nuns carried placards reading, “Women’s religious rights,” without thinking of any women but themselves (who don’t have sex and don’t need birth control). But the High Court finally told the dueling parties to compromise.
Only the bigots will be free
Besides, shouldn’t religious people sacrifice for their own religion? Instead of asking everyone else to sacrifice for their religion?
If the religious right succeeds, only they will be free.
Posted on May 20, 2016, in feminism, LGBTQ+, reproductive rights, sexism, women and tagged contraception, LGBTQ+, religious liberty, reproductive rights, US Supreme Court, women. Bookmark the permalink. 51 Comments.