No, you’re not a martyr to your faith.

People scream about the First Amendment a lot.

Usually they claim that their right to free speech is being violated, just because they are boycotted or face demands that they be fired or criticized for making offensive statements on the Internet or over the airwaves.

You are entitled to say what you want, but you are not entitled to the soapbox of your choice.

Recently, however, fundamentalist Christians have been screaming about their right to free expression of religion. Like free speech, their complaints show they really are, as my son would say “unclear on the concept.”

You are entitled to freely express your religion. You can pray where you want (although in some places you may be asked to pray quietly) and you can believe what you want. The government cannot announce that Presbyterianism is now a forbidden religion and round up all its adherents. Roman Catholics can speak out long and loud against abortion and same-sex marriage even though both are the law of the land.

What you are not entitled to do is take an oath to uphold the laws of your state and the laws and Constitution of the United States and refuse to uphold your duties. You cannot place your professed faith in “God’s will”* above others’ right to get married. You cannot, in your official capacity, refuse to allow people to to express their love and commitment in front of their family, friends, and yes, God.

You cannot deny others THEIR freedom of religion. 

It’s called the Establishment Clause, which many fundamentalists seem to forget about.

There is no “war on Christians.” There are, instead, some Christians acting like spoiled children because they cannot force their beliefs on other people.

You don’t like giving marriages licenses to gay people? Resign. You don’t like dispensing birth control or morning after pills to single women? Quit being a pharmacist.

Just because you believe certain things doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to.

*I cannot say about Kim Davis, but a lot of people proclaiming that they are oppressed because they are Christians really have no intention of following the most important teachings of Christ — or even of most of the Old Testament: taking care of the poor, and the immigrant, and the prisoner.

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1 Response to No, you’re not a martyr to your faith.

  1. CP says:

    Well said!!!

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