President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor issued a proposed rule that would vastly expand a religious exemption to allow government contractors to discriminate in hiring. The result: taxpayer-funded federal contractors, including for-profit companies, could claim a religious right to fire someone because they are LGBTQ, they are a single mom, they are the “wrong” religion, or they don’t go to church often enough.
As recent events have shown, eruptions of mass violence can occur just about anywhere. When that happens, victims need prompt, professional medical intervention – not refusals to help based on bogus claims of religious freedom.
It's clear that the Lehigh County, Pa., seal was adopted for a religious purpose. It was designed in 1944 by Commissioner Harry D. Hertzog, who later said, “In center of Shield appears the huge cross in canary-yellow signifying Christianity and the God-fearing people which are the foundation and backbone of our County.”
An Iowa man got angry because a local LGBTQ rights group had held a festival in town that included a storytime for children. In response, he checked out four LGBTQ-themed books from the Orange City Public Library and made a video of himself setting them on fire.
The strength of the separation of church and state, especially as a last resort against tyrannical theocracy, comes from the people – not our leaders, not the Founders, not even from the Constitution itself.
Public education in Florida must not be tainted with fringe or religiously tinged belief systems. Otherwise, students will be subjected to indoctrination by way of poor science and literalist biblical interpretation.
Failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee blamed the recent mass shootings on people who 'are utterly disconnected from any sense of identity with their Creator and with his love for them and his love for the people that they hate.'