Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Religious freedoms? Oooh oooh, I've got this one!
"In this country the government doesn't get to tell you or your organization what your religious views are – and they could well be minority views – but the Bill of Rights is designed to protect the minority from the will of the majority," McConnell said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Justice Antonin Scalia
, writing the majority decision in Employment Division v. Smith
We have never held that an individual's religious beliefs excuse him from compliance with an otherwise valid law prohibiting conduct that the State is free to regulate. On the contrary, the record of more than a century of our free exercise jurisprudence contradicts that proposition.
When followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes which are binding on others in that activity.
In other words, if they want to be members of American society, the Catholic bishops have to live by the rules of American society.
Antonin, please ring up ol' Mitch and set him straight.
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