Last updated: August 11. 2014 3:11PM - 288 Views
By Mark Lovejoy

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Sunday my family and I went to Celina. Along the way I saw a few “Preserve Religious Freedom” signs in yards. It’s been a month or so since the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision granting businesses the right to violate antidiscrimination laws if they’re counter to the religious beliefs of the management.

Though Justice Samuel Alito said it wasn’t a license to ignore all civil rights laws, several lawsuits are proceeding in the courts claiming attempts by organizations to do just that (as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicted in her dissent). It’s mainly been anti-LGBT actions so far.

But I wonder how others would react if it’s used against them as well? Suppose you admit in a job interview you’re a blood donor and your potential employer’s a Jehovah’s Witness who later openly admits that’s why you weren’t hired. Or you casually mentioned to the loan officer you’re applying with you’re partying this weekend at Sportzster’s and they’re a Latter-Day Saint. But they said your high credit card debt was why you lost the loan.

You’re young, single and trying to fill a prescription for birth control pills with a Catholic pharmacy worker - not here, you won’t! While you’re preserving religious freedom, remember the sword cuts both ways.

Mark Lovejoy


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