Mr. Liberal, Which Part of ‘Freedom of Religion’ Do You Not Understand?

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It’s been said by plenty of folks smarter than me, that liberalism is a mental disorder. As time has progressed, and my engagement with folks who hold to this ideology has increased, I’m becoming more inclined to agree with that diagnosis.

I recently came across a news story that contained such an egregious violation of the First Amendment that I was skeptical to believe what I was reading was true. After six years of living under Obama, you’re probably wondering what in the world could’ve been so shocking that it left me in utter disbelief. I mean, come on, right? President Obama and his cronies practically hold the world record for violating the Constitution. It’s become so common place you’d think I would be desensitized to it.

Normally, you’d be right, but this is seriously bad. I don’t mean bad as in “good” either. What kind of bad do I mean? I’m talking end of the republic kind of bad.

Allow me to explain. If you haven’t already heard this story, prepare to have your jaw hit the floor.

Two ordained Christian ministers in Idaho recently declined to marry a gay couple, which is an action that could land them in serious hot water with local governing authorities.

Apparently, since Idaho’s gay marriage ban was struck down by the Supreme Court, the ministers are in violation of a city “nondiscrimination” ordinance.

What’s the penalty for such a crime you ask? How about 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine PER DAY that the ministers refuse to conduct a same-sex marriage.

Welcome to Obama’s America.

It’s obvious the liberal brain dead zombies running this burned out berg lack a fundamental understanding of the First Amendment and the religious protections it grants to all citizens. Let’s take a quick peek at that glorious document we Americans call the Constitution and see what exactly the First Amendment says.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

By golly, look at that! The government is not allowed to prohibit the free exercise of religion. It seems to me that the “free exercise of religion” would cover something like refusing to officiate a same-sex marriage, seeing as how that violates a Christian’s conscience due to beliefs taught in the Bible, the holy book of the Christian faith.

But wait, you say. The First Amendment says Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The law in question is one created by LOCAL government.

I’m glad you brought that up! Not only is the law created by the governing body in Coeur D’Alene–that’s the name of the community where this law was made–in violation of the First Amendment, it also goes against the Idaho Constitution.

Article I Section 4 of the Idaho Constitution says:

GUARANTY OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege, or capacity on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, or excuse acts of licentiousness or justify polygamous or other pernicious practices, inconsistent with morality or the peace or safety of the state; nor to permit any person, organization, or association to directly or indirectly aid or abet, counsel or advise any person to commit the crime of bigamy or polygamy, or any other crime. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination, or pay tithes against his consent; nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship. Bigamy and polygamy are forever prohibited in the state, and the legislature shall provide by law for the punishment of such crimes.

At this point, I think it’s safe to ask the burning question on most people’s minds: Mr. Liberal, what part of “freedom of religion” do you not understand?

It’s clearly laid out for all the world to see. This law created by the folks in Coeur D’Alene is unconstitutional and illegal, making it null and void. You cannot toss someone in the clink for refusing to do something that goes against their religious beliefs. It’s that simple.

With the clarity of the illegality of the law these ministers are accused of breaking firmly established, why in the world is this still being discussed?

Simple.

Same-sex marriage has absolutely NOTHING to do with actual marriage. If it did, then homosexuals would be lining up to open up their own chapels and administer these ceremonies themselves, or go to the county courthouse and purchase a license, which they are now legally allowed to do.

No, this is about FORCING the whole world to accept a person’s lifestyle as normal, despite all evidence–including religion, philosophy, and science–saying otherwise. Why would a group of people be trying so hard to make the rest of us believe what they are doing is normal if it wasn’t, in fact, abnormal? It just wouldn’t make sense.

The problem here is that I don’t have to accept anything. I don’t accept the drug addict’s lifestyle of self-destruction, nor that of an adulterer. What makes a homosexual lifestyle any different? If I’m being forced to accept this “alternative way of life” who’s to say we shouldn’t be forced to accept the lifestyle of a pedophile. After all, they can’t help it. They were born that way.

If this were really just about marriage and not forcing the rest of society to accept their sexual preference as “normal,” they would be celebrating all of the victories they’ve been gifted from the Supreme Court and getting hitched in record numbers. They wouldn’t be paying their detractors or those who disagree with their lifestyle any mind. They wouldn’t need to.

The bottom line is that every single American, including the homosexual, is guaranteed the right of freedom of religion. Any law that attempts to force someone to abandon their religious principles or go against their conscience is a violation of this God-given right, and as it is a right protected under the Constitution, any such law is 100 percent invalid.

This is a dangerous time for America. Christians and conservatives across the country need to stand up boldly, loudly, brashly, and demand their rights be protected by pressuring the state of Idaho to declare this ludicrous ordinance unconstitutional. If this is not opposed, I’m afraid that we’ll see bogus laws like this spread like wildfire across the country, and one of the central tenets of our great republic will crumble before our eyes.

(H/T TheBlaze)

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Michael Cantrell

Michael Cantrell is a conservative journalist/blogger with over 8 years of professional writing experience writing for some of the largest publications on the Internet. He has participated in several campaigns to repeal Obamacare, worked with Tea Party candidates running for Congress, and more. Michael is a staunch constitutionalist and lover of American history.

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