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An (extremely) expansive definition of religious freedom

An (extremely) expansive definition of religious freedom

Think Progress:

“[O]ur right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life,” according to the campaign website of Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who won his party’s nomination to the United States Senate on Tuesday. Nebraska is a solid red state that preferred Romney to Obama by a massive 21 point margin in 2012, so Sasse is now all but certain to succeed retiring Sen. Mike Johanns (R) this November.

If he does, Sasse promises to promote an almost anarchistic vision of religious liberty as a member of the Senate. According to Sasse’s website, “[g]overnment cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances.”

Read the whole article to get a sense of the problems with Sasse’s views on this issue. Then let’s ask ourselves about the responsibilities of people faith when faith is used to advance claims that would make the country ungovernable and put its citizens at risk.


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If he prevailed (which of course he won’t) it would be inevitable that a number of people would claim that things like paying taxes, getting drivers licenses, obtaining building permits, observing laws about workplace/business health and safety, and a whole lot of other things were against their religion.

Bill Dilworth


“[g]overnment cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances.”

I guess he’d better hope Boko Haram doesn’t open an Omaha chapter.

[- Rick Allen (added by ed.)]

John B. Chilton

Here are his daughters discussing the Affordable Care Act:

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