You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious freedom is just an excuse for discrimination.”
What would you say?
Often, people assume that those who advocate for religious freedom really just want to be avoid the nondiscrimination laws that apply to everyone else. They assume that “religious freedom” is a way to make the rest of society live according to their rules. But is that true? Is religious freedom just an excuse to discriminate against others?
No. And here are three reasons why.
First, religious freedom is about upholding rights, not taking them away.
Second, people who care about religious freedom have strong beliefs about what’s best for society, it’s what drives them to be good neighbors.
Third, religious freedom is actually good for everyone, not just religious people, since societies with greater religious freedom are more tolerant of everyone’s beliefs.
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Sources and Further Reading:
For more on how people of faith have led the way in financial generosity, see: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/30/religious-people-more-likely-give-charity-study/
For more on how people of faith have led the way in adoption, see: https://goodfaithmedia.org/christians-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-adopt-a-child-cms-21267/
For more on how people of faith have led the way in medical innovation, see: https://www.cmf.org.uk/resources/publications/content/?context=article&id=827
For more on how people of faith have led the way in care for the poor, see: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/history-of-the-salvation-army/
For the Pew Research study, see: https://www.pewforum.org/interactives/restrictions-on-religion-among-the-25-most-populous-countries-2007-2018/