12.29.11

Replace with black

Posted in at 14:11 by RjZ

Go have a look at this article about Catholic charities pulling out of Illinois because they feel their religious freedom is being trampled. Before you go, do this one thing for me, would you? Replace “same-sex” with “black” (and, to make the point more clearly, replace “gay” with “negro”) and read on.

That this is really a civil-rights issue and not one of religious freedom becomes painfully obvious in this light and makes such arguments thin and perhaps a bit embarrassing. Should Catholic bishops (and everyone else) be entitled to religious freedom? Of course, but civil-rights, the rights of citizens in our democracy, must always trump religious freedom. It is through this simple test that we’re not entitled, for example, to permit ritual sacrifice of virgins, in the name of religious freedom. It is with this logic that we were finally able to shake off the shackles of religious tolerance for slavery, even when religion was incapable of doing so alone.

2 Comments »

  1. Ang said,

    May 31, 2013 at 5:00

    Thought I’d check you out. “shake off the shackels of religious tolerance for slavery”, my dear man, we have more slaves today than in the whole of history – includes men, women and children. Nice blog Zims -

  2. RjZ said,

    May 31, 2013 at 11:48

    In the United States, where this article was written, we most certainly have reduced chattel slavery, or are you making a poetic reference to wage slaves and other broader uses of the term?

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