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Standing for Religious Liberty

March 31, 2016

It has been an interesting time in the Carolinas.  Last week we here in North Carolina were treated  to national scrutiny over the “bathroom bill” which specifies that you must use public bathrooms (and showers etc.) that are match the gender on your birth certificate.  The bill holds business owners and others responsible if transgender people slip into the wrong bathroom and…well I am not sure what.

The bill is already being challenged in court and there are loud voices on both sides of the issue.  I blogged on this last week so I don’t need to share my opinion more.  I will say that in my little church, in addition to the men’s room and the woman’s room, we have a small bathroom that can be used by either gender. I suggested putting up a sign on the roadside saying “We have a unisex bathroom available” but it appears that is not going to happen.

At the end of the day the big issue with this bill is not moral but legal.  Just how does a business owner establish that the person who wants to use the bathroom is in the right one?  Most people don’t carry around their birth certificate so that is out.  I don’t think asking to look down their pants will work.  Well, it might work but I don’t think anyone will actually get away with it.  All in all it just comes across as another stupid, unenforceable law that is intended to solve a non-problem.

But our friends across the border in South Carolina have been busy too.  This week the State Senate passed a bill establishing a state registry for refugees.  This would be, if the house passes it and the Governor signs it, the first-in-the-nation refugee tracking law.

One charming feature of the bill makes anyone who sponsors or assists a refugee liable for any criminal acts committed by that refugee.  That liability is open-ended and absolute.  In theory if the action takes place years from now they are still liable.  So, for example, the Good Samaritan would be responsible for any criminal acts later committed by the man he helped.

Say what you will about the bill, there is one thing for certain.  Since it is largely religious groups that help refugees we finally, finally, have clear-cut case of the government clearly interfering with the religious liberty of its people.  I am so looking forward to my fellow-evangelicals rallying to oppose this bill and defend religious freedom.  It is good to have a clear cut case to work with.

South Carolina has many evangelicals who are probably even now planning to raise their voices in defense of religious liberty.  Maybe we across the border and around the nation will join them.  We will see the rallies soon.

Won’t we?


From → Christianity

One Comment
  1. So it is with laws: they are made to nail the guilty. But so often the guilty slither around them and the innocent get nailed. Theoretically if a radical XXX group smuggle in people who later commit acts of terrorism, the ones who aided and abetted them are caught in the net as well. Good idea. But then you point out the potential reality. for politicians it’s another “Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”

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