NE Senate Candidate: Religion Trumps Every Law

Ben Sasse, the Republican candidate for the Senate from the state of Nebraska, takes an astonishingly broad position on his website about religious freedom. He argues that the government cannot ever force anyone to do anything that is against their religion.

Thanks to ObamaCare, this President has placed the liberal abortion agenda over the religious obligations of millions of Americans. Those who believe in the sanctity of life are now required to finance the death of unborn children.

Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a negotiable issue. Government cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances. He will fight for the right of all Americans to act in accordance with their conscience.

Really, Mr. Sasse? Under any circumstances? So if a Muslim’s religious beliefs allow him to beat his wife or commit an honor killing of his daughter, you’ll fight for his right to “act in accordance with his conscience”? If a KKK member believes his religion requires him to lynch black people, that’s okay with you? One could go on all day with horrific examples. This country has never had a policy that religion can justify breaking any law and freedom of religion does not require any such standard.

We have the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which requires that the government grant exemptions from some laws if there isn’t a compelling state interest in preventing some tangible harm, but that is not the same thing as being allowed to act on your religious beliefs under any circumstances. That’s an incredibly radical position.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    It’s a lot less radical when you remember that Religious Freedom™ only applies to Christians™.

    In that context, it’s pretty much mainstream Republican doctrine at this point.

  • Doubting Thomas

    That’s one of those feel good assertions that one makes to people who you know are not going to actually think about what it means. If someone does question it, you ignore them,

  • John Pieret

    Mr. Atta, would you please turn the controls back to the pilots before you fly the plane into a building or something …. Oh, that would violate your religious beliefs? Nevermind!

  • grumpyoldfart

    So if a Muslim’s religious beliefs allow him to beat his wife or commit an honor killing of his daughter, you’ll fight for his right to “act in accordance with his conscience”? If a KKK member believes his religion requires him to lynch black people, that’s okay with you?

    This is where they call on the Vicki Pollard defense: “Yeah but … No but … Yeah but … No but…”

  • raven

    He argues that the government cannot ever force anyone to do anything that is against their religion.

    1. One of the leaders of the Sovereign Citizen’s movement is the Embassy of Heaven group based in Oregon. They believe god is the only ruler and that means they don’t have to pay taxes!!! Quite a few of them are in prison for not paying taxes.

    2. A few churches use hallucinogens in their ceremonies. The court cases have been mixed, some ruled legal, some not.

    3. The Church of Holy Body Self Ownership considers choice in reproduction to be a sacred right. They run several abortion clinics in Nebraska.

    Since Ben Sasse is the GOP nominee in Nebraska, I assume that means he will be a senator in a few months.

  • Ellie

    I’m sure Mr. Sasse will step up and defend those parents recently found to have starved and tortured their young son because it was their sincerely held religious belief that he was possessed by demons.

  • dingojack

    Those who believe in the sanctity of life are now required to finance the death of unborn children. Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a negotiable issue.”

    And financing the death of children who have already been born, fighting for their right to life (co-equal to their vaunted religious rights)?

    So, I guessing no taxes for the ‘Defence’ Department, is non-negotiable too then, Ben*.

    Dingo

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    * Nah, I didn’t really think you would be anything but a total hypocrite

  • D. C. Sessions

    Simple answer to #4-#6: those aren’t Real Religions™

  • Pierce R. Butler

    He will fight for the right of all Americans to act in accordance with their conscience.

    So Sen.-wannabe Sasse will not “deny Muslims their right to be governed by Shariah Courts“?

  • raven

    Thanks to ObamaCare, this President has placed the liberal abortion agenda over the religious obligations of millions of Americans. Those who believe in the sanctity of life are now required to finance the death of unborn children.

    This isn’t true.

    Those who sincerely believe in the sanctity of (their) life would stay far away from Ben Sasse. He seems to be a malevolent kook who wishes the worst for most people.

  • Alverant

    So if a christian grocery store owner felt it was within his religious beliefs to fire a hindu employee who refused to handle beef products including when he/she is working on the register, who would Sasse defend?

  • caseloweraz

    By stating in in such broad terms, Sasse falls into a neat logical trap. To be consistent, he must defend any “sincerely held religious belief” of any religion, widely established or not, as long as there is a track record.

    If my “sincerely held religious belief” was that men named Ben Sasse do not deserve to exist, and I could document that, Mr. Sasse would be in serious trouble. It seems that his only option would be to retreat to his true position, which is that only the Christian religion (or his particular sect of it) deserves such protected status.

  • raven

    Simple answer to #4-#6: those aren’t Real Religions™

    They is no real way to tell which religion is Real and which is Fake.

    It always comes down to who has the most guns, fighter planes, and tanks.

    Taking off from Chairman Mao’s old saying. Religious power comes from the barrel of a gun. Religous power isn’t the same as religious freedom but Ben Sasse won’t care. When he talks about religious freedom what he means is (his cult’s) religious power. Orwell would love the irony and hypocrisy.

  • scienceavenger

    Those who believe in the sanctity of life are now required to finance the death of unborn children.

    There are about 5 lies in there, for 18 words, that’s pretty impressive.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “He seems to be a malevolent kook who wishes the worst for most people.”

    That’s pretty much the GOP motto, isn’t it?

  • Jared Ragland

    Employment Division v Smith was more of a guideline, really, which is why we need Hobby Lobby to set us straight on who does (rich white owners) and doesn’t (employees of any color) have religious rights.

  • busterggi

    “So if a Muslim’s religious beliefs allow him to beat his wife or commit an honor killing of his daughter, you’ll fight for his right to “act in accordance with his conscience”? If a KKK member believes his religion requires him to lynch black people, that’s okay with you? ”

    I’ll bet that he’d only object to one of those two being a ‘freedom’.

  • dingojack

    Jared Ragland – well personally I prefer Joy Division vs The Smiths. (But that’s just me).

    :) Dingo

  • Loqi

    I’m considering converting to the Aztec faith, including the daily ritual human sacrifices. Thanks for standing up for my religious right to kidnap and kill whomever I please, Ben!

  • zmidponk

    To be fair to Sasse, this part:

    Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life

    could mean that you can’t kill someone, even if it’s a religious vow to do so, as that violates their right to life. Of course, this still means anything other than that is fair game – so forced marriage, rape, beatings, torture, etc, etc, etc are all perfectly A-OK, as long as your religion tells you to do it, from what he’s said.

  • Ichthyic

    So if a christian grocery store owner felt it was within his religious beliefs to fire a hindu employee who refused to handle beef products including when he/she is working on the register, who would Sasse defend?

    are you kidding? that’s an easy one:

    Whoever kicks him the most money under the table.

  • yoav

    Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a negotiable issue. Government cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances.

    I wander what is Mr Sasse’s position on the death penalty.