As if on cue in response to my post earlier today, Newsweek has published an opinion piece titled IS RELIGION AN EXCUSE FOR BREAKING THE LAW? in which the author, a college law professor, begins by saying this:
Can religious believers give themselves a free pass to ignore laws that bind everyone else? Common sense and the Constitution say no. Yet religious institutions are now maintaining that they alone may judge whether their religious exercise is “substantially burdened” and thus entitled to special privileges under the law…
Thus what we would consider to be a matter of “religious liberty” is considered by others to be “special privileges under the law.”
Know this: Religious liberty, as we have historically understood it in America, stands little chance of survival in this environment. Therefore, we must be prepared to pay a price for the exercise of our religion. The good news for us is that Jesus is worth whatever price we are called upon to pay. And remember that He told His disciples:
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
– Matthew 10:16