The Attempt to Redefine Religious Liberty is Misguided & Endangers Rights of Others
Conservative Christians complain that their religious freedoms are under attack partially because women in our country seek to use legal and effective birth control. These methods are included in a larger package of coverage offered in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. This mandate to include contraceptives vexes the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood, a custom wood products manufacturer, and the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby, a craft store retailer. These proprietors claim that their religious liberty is restricted by the psychic shackles of the contraceptive mandate, distressing their godly conscience. With the enthusiastic support of religious conservatives, the legal attempt to seek an exemption reached the Supreme Court this March. Rob Boston, Director of Communications at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and my guest on today’s podcast, rejects the notion that these business owner’s religious liberty is in jeopardy. He argues that religious conservatives are redefining religious liberty in a flawed and damaging way. Boston has worked at Americans United since 1987. He’s editor of the organization’s Church & State magazine and the author of four books, the most recent published this year titled, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do.
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