President Trump’s Department of Labor issued a rule in August that would allow government contractors – who employ a huge portion of the American workforce – to use any religious litmus test they want to discriminate in employment.
Nothing in the university’s policies prevented the professor from going to the church of his choice, reading religious books, praying or holding whatever beliefs he wanted to about transgender people. He was, however, required to treat all of his students with dignity, decency and respect.
In a strange way, the only manner in which we can approach the governments of red states like Tennessee, so dominated by religious values, is to come at them with more religious values. It is a way of reclaiming religion for the left, using it to create change and equality, things that, at their core, many religions actually value.
In my home state, Tennessee, there has been a long history of legislation meant to fulfill a religious agenda. Our public schools are now required to prominently display the national motto and public buildings are allowed to post the Ten Commandments.