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View Diary: Some Words on Religious Establishment from the Author of the Bill of Rights (35 comments)

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  •  Right... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and I'm certainly not suggesting the government shouldn't enforce anti-discrimination laws based on religious exemptions like some states are trying to do regarding LGBT folks.  The flip side though is that people need to realize that free exercise was intended to be about specifically worship and rites that do not have the effect of impinging on others, in other words a shield, not a sword.

    •  The sphere of impingement has broadened of late (0+ / 0-)

      Government is considerably more involved in matters of public health, education, labor, commerce, and even homemaking and child-rearing over the past two centuries.  Prerogatives of conscience--religious or otherwise--in all these areas are in retreat as we erect a more secular, more humane set of social norms.  

      •  I hope we can find a balance. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not as prepared as you appear to be to throw out all accomodations for conscience.

        •  Are you sure? (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm willing to go considerably farther than we have in say extending harassment law to cover evangelical activity in the workplace by the employer or with the tacit permission of the employer.  That is I'm willing to chuck a good deal of the accommodations side of the equation.  I'm also willing to do away with several of the exceptions to these rules, including extending Title VII and other workplace harmony laws to employers with fewer than 15 employees.

          The only question is whether or not it's political feasible.

          •  Both of those sound fine to me too. (0+ / 0-)

            Evangelizing is definitely more sword than shield.  I'm not exactly sure what Title VII refers to, but I'm generally OK with applying rules across the board regardless of the size of the business.  I'm thinking more of conscientious objections to the draft or allowing a church to take in or support undocumented immigrants without arrest.

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