Religious liberty owned by the majority

Oct 6, 2015

Lex Talamo

By Lex Talamo

In a country founded on freedom, the right to religious freedom can empower or oppress.

Christian supporters rallying behind Bossier Parish’s recent decision to not take disciplinary action in the Airline High School case cite religious liberty — but some academic scholars and spiritual leaders say that’s just a buzzword, a ploy to push a Christian agenda while denying tolerance to members from non-Christian faith groups.

“It’s pretty obvious to most that freedom of religion applies to Christians, particularly white Evangelical Christians,” said Stephen Finley, an associate professor with LSU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. “One has only to look at how America has treated other religions — as outsiders, as un-American, as out of place — to see that this notion of religion is not a broad category that applies to everyone.”

According to the Equal Access Act of 1984, religious student clubs are guaranteed the same privileges extended by schools to any other student-led organization. The “prayer boxes” proposed by students from the Northwest Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes could be protected by the Constitution if the school permitted equal actions from other student groups.

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3 comments on “Religious liberty owned by the majority

  • Racism and hatred under the banner of religious freedom should be unconstitutional.
    If the USA is for White Christians, they need to come out and state it. Then lets evaluate why religion is even tolerated.

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  • “If the USA is for White Christians, they need to come out and state
    it. Then lets evaluate why religion is even tolerated.”

    Exactly! That’s precisely what they should do. If they want the USA to be a Christian-only country as far as the exercise of religion goes then they should come out explicitly and state their case, in a court of law and in public, why this should be so. On what grounds, after all, is the Christian religion to be privileged above all others? (None as I can see).

    The constitution of the United States is quite clear on the issue and religious apologists of all stripes will find their day in court is likely to be a short one. Christian apologists know this and that is why they use fallacious and disingenuous arguments to make their case… or otherwise choose to break the law.

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  • Imagine how difficult it would be to attempt to add to the constitution the phrase “freedom FROM religion.” There would be pulpit pounding across the US against such an addition that would be deafening.

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