I'm not referring to Hobby Lobby's theology, but rather to a common Protestant mistake that's plagued Christian life for generations.
The Internet is aflame with discussions of whether private businesses have sufficient grounds for resisting state efforts to tell them which contraceptives they must provide employees or which customers they must serve. Underlying the entire discussion is the virtually unquestioned notion that for-profit businesses should enjoy less liberty than non-profits. When it came to the abortion-pill mandate, for example, the Obama administration at least went through the motions of providing religious accommodations, but private businesses enjoyed not even this false grace. Regarding same-sex marriage, the law is not (yet) requiring religious participation in homosexual unions. Why the distinction?
I wonder if, oddly enough, the distinction is in part the result of lingering Christian influence in our culture - part of a legacy of an old yet popular theological mistake, the sacred/secular distinction in work and life. more >>
To the Christian, a job is more than a job; it is a calling. Whether as a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker (or even a lawyer), we are to use the gifts God has given us for His glory. It is a grand opportunity and responsibility.
And the government has no business interfering with this faith-driven view.
In recognition of this important concept – applicable not only to Christianity but other religions as well – last week, the Arizona Senate and House both passed landmark legislation protecting the religious freedom of small business owners. more >>
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, waded into the fray surrounding Arizona's controversial religious freedom bill which opponents say discriminates against gays when he urged the state's Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto it because it is the "right" thing to do.
In a tweet to Gov. Brewer shared with his 1.55 million followers Tuesday evening, Romney noted: "veto of #SB1062 is right." It has since been retweeted more than 2,500 times as of Wednesday morning and has more than 1,400 favorites.
Romney's tweet came as a surprise to many, particularly due to his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. "This coming from the guy who opposed same sex marriage. Massachusetts as governor? @MittRomney:@GovBrewer: veto of #SB1062 is right," tweeted Jason Evan Mihalko. more >>
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma rejected a proposal to allow religious groups with state contracts to make hiring decisions based upon religion.
The proposal, which was placed into a property tax bill, S.B. 367, would have allowed religious groups with state contracts to use religion as a basis for employment decisions. A Muslim organization with a state contract, for instance, could decide to only hire Muslims, or a Christian college could decide to only hire Christians.
The provision was intended to address a contract issue with Indiana Wesleyan University. The language was added to the bill by Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero), who thought the measure would be noncontroversial. more >>
An atheist attacked the Ten Commandments as an abrogation of freedom, declaring that America's laws are not based on this Judeo-Christian source. He made these comments denouncing a bill to support public appearances of the Ten Commandments, which passed the Alabama State House last week.
"The Ten Commandments deny freedom of religious expression," Dan Barker, co-president of The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Barker declared that "the first four commandments basically reject our First Amendment."
Representative Duwayne Bridges, author of H.B. 45, the bill to support the Ten Commandments, argued that "the laws of this country were founded on the Ten Commandments." He wrote the bill in order to awaken people to their right for religious expression, Bridges told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. more >>
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee denounced on Monday Arizona's S.B. 1062, a bill that clarifies an existing state law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects the religious freedom of its citizens. Opponents of the bill claim it was passed by anti-gay bigots with the intent of denying public accommodations for gays.
"We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona. On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential. We do not support this legislation. Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX," the Committee said in a statement.
S.B. 1062 makes some changes to RFRA that primarily does three things: it clarifies that Arizonan's religious freedom is still protected when they become part of a partnership, association, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, or business organization; it clarifies that the government does not have to be a party in the suit to bring an RFRA claim; and it requires that those who sue under RFRA show that it is based upon an actual religious belief, that they hold strongly to that religious faith, and that a state action burdened their religious belief. more >>