Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Discrimination and freedom of religion

In the Civil Rights era more and more people came to the realization that discrimination against people based on skin color is wrong, discrimination against people based on race is wrong, and discrimination against people based on national origin is wrong (I would say, "sinful").

Over time this was abbreviated out of convenience to "Discrimination is wrong." Unfortunately, many Americans have now interpreted this as if it meant, "discrimination against anything for any reason is wrong."

If they just thought about it for a few minutes, they should realize that this is absurd! We all discriminate every day. To use a ridiculous example just to make the point, when you get up in the morning and choose to put on a shirt, you have just discriminated against all the other shirts in your closet. Or, more seriously, when the police arrest someone for driving under the influence, they have just discriminated against those who drink and drive (including some alcoholics). When an employer fires someone for stealing or for violent outbursts, the employer has just discriminated based on behavior.

So while discrimination against people based on amoral characteristics like skin color, national origin or race is wrong, discrimination against people for certain behaviors is not always wrong.

Some religions have always considered certain behaviors to be sinful. Christianity, in particular, has considered murder, theft, adultery, and numerous sexual behaviors including sex with people of the same sex, to be sinful.

If many Leftists, Democrats and gay activists had their way, religious organizations would not have the freedom to discriminate against certain behaviors (Of course it is those on the Left who want to determine for us which behaviors we can and cannot discriminate against).

In a free society, religious organizations must have the freedom to say, "we will not allow an adulterer to be a member of our group," or "we will not employ someone who has sex with people of the same sex to lead our group."

When the day comes that religious organizations--not just churches--cannot discriminate against people who practice certain behaviors, we will no longer have freedom of religion in America.

1 comment:

professor ed said...

Ah yes, the old ten second "buzz word/phrase". This reminds me of the cold war days when the "media" used to talk about disarmanent. Let's have, they would say, a "disarmanent conference". This, of course, was equally ludicris, since at no time did either the US or the Soviet Union have ANY intention of disarming. But all of this historical perspective aside, we need to remember that some words, depending on how they are used, can be considered "loaded". So let's use the word "selective". Maybe the folks on the Left might be more open to churches being selective.