I had a family friend post this on Facebook. It hurts. Do I bother explaining?
At one level this is obvious. Just because you are Methodist, Mennonite, Mormon or Muslim doesn't mean you can require your kids to be, at least under the US Constitution.At another level it turns the first Amendment on its head. The first Amendment means that the rest of you can't impose your religious views on me. If you don't believe in a young earth, fine, but don't mandate that I believe the Universe is some 14 billion years old. Yes, teach the old earth in schools—that is the way the evidence points— and ridicule your friends who don't snap to attention over the 14 billion years, but be careful about what the Government pushes in this area. Freedom of religion means freedom from being told what to believe by the Government and its agencies and arms.We come close to this kind of thing with decisions from the SJC saying that Christmas is not a holiday (shades of Early Massachusetts) that should allow people to take off from work and celebrate as they see fit.Regards — Cliff
"Freedom of religion means freedom from being told what to believe by the Government and its agencies and arms"But that freedom isn't respected. It's not longer I disagree with you on birth control and marriage, but I respect your points and see the other side of the argument. Instead we're anti-woman and homophobic. If I disagree with the government it equals ignorant hate, and they refuse to see the points made. It is also assumed, because I happen to be religious everything I have an opinion on is based solely on religion. Because we're openly Catholic, it disqualifies us.