By Ian Millhiser
One of the Christian right’s top policy priorities is to effectively create two different codes of law in the United States. The first code, which applies to people who do not hold conservative religious views, is rigid and unmoving. The second code, which would apply primarily to Christian-identified conservatives, contains broad exceptions for people who hold the right religious beliefs.
The endgame is a world where Christian conservatives can treat much of the law as optional — applicable only to people who are not like them. Think of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where an anti-gay business owner claimed that he could refuse to follow his state’s civil rights laws because his religion taught him not to serve same-sex couples at their weddings.
The four most conservative members of the Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday that they are itching to turn this agenda into law. Indeed, Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District suggests that the Court’s right flank would give conservative Christians such broad immunity from the rules that govern all other Americans that it is unclear that the government would be allowed to manage its own workforce — at least when some members of that workforce identify with the Christian right.
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