How to determine if your religious liberty is being threatened

Christina here.
I saw this awesome Huffpo post entitled How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions and think it is great!

However, as I was reading it, I got the impression that we need more than 10 questions, and that some of the questions could be worded a little more neutrally. Thus, here is: “How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 14 Quick Questions”

1. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my choosing.
B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their choosing.

2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to marry the consenting person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses our marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs about marriage on all citizens of that state.

3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I cannot use birth control because pharmacies I have access to refuse to dispense it.
B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
B) I am no longer legally sheltered when I bully people whose religious beliefs differ from my own.

6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material of my choosing.
B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that are offensive to my religion.

7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources at all.
B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources if we endorse political candidates.

8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
B) Public school science classes are teaching science that is at odds with the creation stories of my faith.

11. My religious liberty is at risk because
A) People in my society fear that their children might be exposed to my religious practices.
B) My children might be exposed to a religion or religious practice that goes against my religion.

12. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to form a club at my public school for my religion.
B) Children at my local public school are trying to form a club for a religion I do not like.

13. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Another religious group has written their religious laws on a publicly owned building.
B) My religious group is not allowed to write our religious laws on a publicly owned building.

14. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am being compelled to take part in religious worship activities
B) I am not allowed to compel others to take part in religious worship activities.

If you answered mostly “B”s, then your religious liberty is probably not being threatened. I can understand why you might think your religious liberty is being threatened, but I urge you to take a look at the threat you are feeling and turn it around: try this test: whatever you want to do, pretend a religion you really dislike is the one doing it instead. Maybe you think it’s unfair that the local court won’t let you engrave the Ten Commandments in stone across the new foyer. Imagine if atheists wanted to engrave, “There is no god, now stop living in a fantasy world” instead. Maybe you think it’s unfair that a teacher at your local school can’t make kids listen to a prayer before class starts: Imagine if that teacher wanted the kids to recite a prayer of some other religion you disagree with instead. Maybe you thin its unfair that the “definition of marriage” was broadened to include gays. Imagine if marriage between people of your religious group were banned instead.

If you answered mostly “A”s, then your religious liberty might be being threatened.  Please examine the situation further and, if needed, take appropriate action and become an advocate.

What do you think? Do you have more questions that could be added?

Learn more about Christina and follow her on Twitter @Ziztur

 

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