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The Land of the Free includes the freedom to discriminate

Written By | Mar 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Thomas Jefferson’s 1777 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was constructed in such a way as to honor the Judeo-Christian God’s love of free will, the one “who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do.”

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Only progressive totalitarians are so arrogant as to show no restraint when it comes to displays of “almighty power” and “coercions,” especially in matters of religious conscience.

Freedom, like it or not, allows one to discriminate.

My religious conscience is not subject to the whims of the state or shaped by the prejudices of those who believe a certain sexual preference must be accepted as the norm, or the nostrums of a particular political party, or the haughty commands of popular culture’s empty-headed scolds and the media, or even the mass-murdering cretins hiding in the sand pits of the Middle East that demand the whole of humanity submit to Allah.

If a diseased tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?

Not if you discriminate by ignoring it, which, as free men and women, is our unalienable right.

But America’s cultural jihadists don’t like discrimination and demand that we become more “inclusive,” which they insist requires us to open wide the door to our conscience for a much needed adjustment – all on their terms, of course.

This, however, is America. And as free people, we own ourselves. “Conscience,” said James Madison, the father of the Constitution, “is the most sacred of all property.” And our right to discriminate (e.g., choose) what religious doctrines we will observe, just happens to be enshrined in the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which prevents the political majority and their elected representatives from “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion.

In a rare and lucid moment for the U.S. Supreme Court, Obamacare’s mandate that the Christian owners of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby provide contraception and abortifacient drugs for their female employees in violation of their religious conscience, was declared unconstitutional.

“Corporations are not people,” wrote an angry Sandra Fluke, a former student at Georgetown University School of Law, in the Washington Post. She became the Democratic Party’s poster child for taxpayer-provided contraception for all American women.


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Fluke must have skipped her class on corporations. Actually, corporations are people. They couldn’t own property or enter into binding contracts if they were not. And not to put a fine point on it, but corporations wouldn’t exist without “people.” You know, those business-incorporating, free creatures of conscience – like the Christian founders of Hobby Lobby.

The state of Indiana recently passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which says the government cannot intrude on the individual’s religious liberty unless it can prove a “compelling state interest.” The language is far less stringent than Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom or the Constitution’s First Amendment “free exercise” clause. But it has the totalitarian social engineers up in arms.

“We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love,” Hillary Clinton tweeted. And twerking aficionado and singer Miley Cyrus said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was an “asshole” for signing the RFRA into law.

The openly gay mayor of Seattle, Ed Murry, issued an order to all city departments to review business contracts with companies headquartered in Indiana.

“I find Indiana’s new law disturbing,” said Murry, “particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone.”

They attempt to mask the stench of their arrogant, totalitarian trampling of the natural rights of free individuals with the weak perfume they call “civil rights.”

Jefferson described religion as “a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to no other for his faith or his worship.”

Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus and Ed Murry laughably fancy themselves the managers of America’s reformed, monolithic religious conscience, a new religion whose rituals and sacraments one would not discuss in polite society.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.