Thank You Supreme Court for Clarifying that Religious Freedom Equates to Inequality.

Thank You Supreme Court for Clarifying that Religious Freedom Equates to Inequality. June 18, 2021

In a major win for religious freedom activists the Supreme Court sided on Thursday with a Catholic foster care agency who refused to provide services to same sex couples. The decision essentially gives the foster agency the authorization to deny same sex couples and needy children the right to enjoy a loving family environment.

The ill-considered decision sure has the ring of an oxymoron. In this case, religious freedom = human inequality.

In other words, the Catholic church (i.e., a “spiritual” institution which should be an organization that promotes values such as empathy, dignity and equality) has been given the right not to exercise these values.

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We should not be surprised . . .

because we must consider the historical context of the Judeo-Christian faiths. Historically, these religious institutions are exclusive in nature. They were built to promote the culture, values, and supernatural beliefs of a particular group of people. And while they may invite “others” into their folds, those who choose to adhere to their brands of faith must also assimilate their values.

Equality is not a biblical value

Religious Freedom versus human equality in Thursday’s Supreme Court decision. / Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

Our assumption that religions should exemplify human dignity and equality is misplaced. These are humanistic values, not biblical ideals. In particular equality, which has evolved along with our species due to the dynamics of globalization. In order for people to get along with each other they must be grounded in the value of equality. This is true for different segments of a society that live within the borders of a single country, and crucial considering the diversity of people that live in 195 countries around the globe.

The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday was a win for religious liberty. It will likely spawn a host of other court cases in which religious institutions can discriminate against fellow Americans.

Yet, it was also a major setback for all Americans who value equality.

About Scott R. Stahlecker
Scott Stahlecker is a former minister and now writes for Thinkadelics about the joys and benefits of living as a freethinker. He is the author of the novel Blind Guides and Picking Wings Off Butterflies. You can read more about the author here.

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3 responses to “Thank You Supreme Court for Clarifying that Religious Freedom Equates to Inequality.”

  1. For sure equality is not a religious value. It’s about tribal superiority, and often the tribe is simultaneously both superior in all…and persecuted beyond persecution.

    There are a number of hidden-denomination megachurches around me (the “we’re not a sect, we’re a RELATIONSHIP with GAWWWWD” types) that go door-to-door to demand random people give them money for their church. Refuse, and watch how quickly they launch into cries of persecution, as if perfect strangers were obligated to give them money to enrich themselves.

  2. First off they are not coming to your house for tithe. that does not happen. No one in the LDS church cares how much money you make, nor how much tithe you pay. Your payment or none payment of tithe is between you and god.

    The only question they ask is “do you consider yourself a full tithe payer?” they don’t ask for tax returns, nor do they hound you for back payments.

    The young kids are coming for Fast Offerings. Fast Offerings are donations made to the church to support local families in need. the idea is that when you fast, once a month, instead of using that money to buy food, you donated to the church that helps families in need. Again, optional, they don’t have a big list of who does and does not donate.

  3. As I recall, they came to my door on several occasions, one of which they were seeking tithe. Perhaps the church had a different policy in my area?

    As with most churches and denominations, I’m sure there are leaders in the church who are concerned about tithe payments and maintain some kind of a record system. Even asking the question ““do you consider yourself a full tithe payer?” is invasive, and a “qualifier” that lets others know the commitment level of a member. I suspect non-tithe payers have little opportunity to move up into church leadership positions.

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