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Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What’s The Problem?

Tue, Apr. 07, 2015 Posted: 04:01 PM


What’s The Problem? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is nothing new. It was originally passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1993 with OVERWHELMING BIPARTISM SUPPORT. Overwhelming Bipartism support means nearly everyone on both sides (democratic and republicans) supported it. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Restoration_Act RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VOTE
This bill passed the house with a voice vote and the Senate voted 97 for it and 3 against it. You can see the list of senators who voted for it at the above reference website. reportedly

What’s The Problem? The purpose of the bill was stated:
A bill to protect the free exercise of religion. In fact when you Google Bill of Rights you will find this statement “The first amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. There were no protests and no one threatening to pull business out of the states etc.

What’ The Problem? In fact, since 1993, 20 states have enacted state RFRA according to http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/state-rfra-statutes.aspx. Oh, that includes ILLINOIS WHO SIGNED ITS OWN VERSION IN 1998. That is right; the State of Illinois approved and enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1998. President Obama who was in 1998 Senator Obama voted for it.http://spectator.org/blog/62228/president-obama-voted-rfra-he-didnt Who knew?

What’s The Problem? The law is meant to protect the rights of people to express their religious beliefs without fear of being persecuted by the government or interference from the government. Simply put, don’t punish me because of my religious beliefs and don’t force me to do something contrary to my religious beliefs. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBT. Let’s take a look at some scenarios that this law was meant to address.
1. I am a Jehovah Witness working in a hospital setting. You cannot make me participate in medical procedures that contrary to my religious beliefs i.e. blood transfusions, immunizations etc.
2. I am female Muslin required to wear head covering. You cannot demand I remove my head covering in order to work, eat etc at your facility.
3. Do you have the right to sue me because I refuse to rent out my Muslin facility to host a Barbeque party serving pork?
4. Do I have the right to refuse to rent out Jehovah Witness Hall to you for purpose of you hosting a Halloween party there?
5. Are my rights as a Christian protected if I deny you the right to hold a weed smoking party at my facility that I rent out to the public for private affairs?

What’s The Problem? The problem is when this Religious Freedom Act was enacted the political climate was different. The LGBT population was not as large, dominant and vocal as they are now. They were not jumping up and down crying over their rights and ignoring the rights of everyone else. Everything was not “all about them” They were not wielding their power “acknowledge me, serve me or I will shut your business down” They cry out against “injustice and intolerance” while many of them are demonstrating how intolerant they can be. There were not as many of them in “high places” then at least openly as there are now.

What’s The Problem? I believe that some LGBT are deliberate in targeting Christian business in order to create hostile environment and one in which they can sue. I’m pretty sure that LGBT has not walked into Muslin bakery and demanded a cake for a gay wedding or into a Muslin Breakfast and Bed Inn and demand a room. I’m pretty sure that even if they did walk into a Muslim bakery and was refused a cake that they would sue since it is known that Muslin does not take disrespect of their religious beliefs kindly. In fact, that would truly be interesting. I’m truly just saying.

What’s The Problem? Let me be me and I will let you be you. Live your life and let me live my life. I may not support your lifestyle but this is between you and God. Don’t force your belief on me and I won’t force mine on you. Don’t ask me to do something that is contrary to my belief and then threaten my livelihood when I refuse to let you take away my ability to express my religious beliefs. Christians do not attend LGBT affairs and demand the right to preach the word of God at your gathering so why should you have the right to demand to be married in my Christian church knowing it goes against my values or forbid me to preach what the word of God says about homosexuals?

SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly father, we thank you for salvation, the life changing word of God and shed blood of Jesus. We are living in a time and season when Christians are an open target for terrorism, anti-Christ beliefs etc. Even as it was for the disciplines who were beaten, persecuted, thrown into jail that after their release they prayed for holy boldness to continue to proclaim holiness with signs and wonders following; let it be so with us. Let us continue to lift us the standard of holiness, sanctification and righteousness everywhere we go. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. America was founded and built on godly principles. Let America not be afraid to stand up for the freedom of each person to express and practice their religious beliefs without fear of being threaten or harassed. All power belongs to God.

Yvonne Perkins