Religion Prof: The Blog of James F. McGrath
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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Should it not be obvious that freedom for employers is not the same thing as instituting one’s religious beliefs on the government? Also, the hipster in the post clearly hasn’t read the ruling.
Yep. As an individual he already has that right. The law just says he doesn’t lose it at work just because he owns part of a corporation. His problem is that the court doesn’t consider every claim of religious obligation protected. It has to be a real religion, not a prank and the state needs some overwhelming justification. For instance you still can’t sacrifice virgins. Members of certain native American religions may take ritual peyote but I couldn’t just pop them and say I consider it my own religious experience. These law protect Native Americans the Amish, Muslims Jews as well as Christian fundamentalist.
I read it as a tongue-in-cheek joke on the fact that those who balk at laws based on their religious beliefs (especially those who “believe in the Bible” and take it literally) are also the ones who tend to pick and choose from the Bible what is against their belief. If contraception is against their religious belief because the Bible says so, then it should also be against their belief that debts are not automatically forgiven every seven years. I laughed hard at this because I’ve thought the same thing, and even mentioned it in a conversation last week! For a country (U.S.) with Judeo-Christian roots, we all totally ignore this law from the Bible! I know of nobody, corporation or sole proprietor who adheres to this law today (even Jewish!). Wish we would observe it! 😉
It’s observed in Israel by the ultra Orthodox. A real logistical problem, but they manage.
I think that only applied to Jews in Israel.
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