If religious people can opt out of secular laws they find sinful, then maybe the rest of us should be able to opt out of religious laws we find immoral.
That’s right: immoral. We act as if religious people are the only ones who follow a moral compass and the rest of us just wander around like sheep in search of avocado toast. But you don’t need to believe in God or particular religious tenets to have a strong sense of right and wrong...
Rational exemptions could be used for religion-based laws with which people strongly, sincerely disagree. For example, a law that values the life of a quarter-inch embryo more than the life of a person carrying that embryo.
That’s clearly a religious law. It’s not based in science or public health or the Constitution or biological reality. It’s based on the idea that, as Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said on signing the bill, “Our Creator endowed us with the right to life.”
Such laws try to force 21st-century America into alignment with a first-century moral code according to some toxic combination of political posturing, fear-mongering and — sure, why not? — the sincere beliefs of a certain subset of people who adhere to a certain religion.
If they’re going to be making these laws, and the Supreme Court is going to let them, then the rest of us should be able to opt out.
Many anti-covid vax people are attempting to use religious exemptions to get themselves excuses from the mandates at their workplaces. However, there seem to be no major religions that oppose these vaccines on religious grounds, so these people are reduced to arguing that they have sincerely based beliefs.
OK, so if they can get away with this, why can't the rest of us refuse to go along with religion-based laws like opposition to accurate sex ed, contraception, abortion, discrimination against LGBTQ, etc?