Will our passion for conservatism result in more liberalism?  

Last October I posted a blog entitled You have to let me work here, don’t you?

Just remember that the example here goes BOTH ways – protections for both conservative and liberal agendas.

A few months ago in July I posted a blog entitled Are we choosing our battles wisely over the marriage debate?

I invite you to take a few minutes to go back and read both to give you a basis for today’s thoughts.

My goal is to do whatever is needed to protect and preserve religious liberty here in the United States as well as around the world.

This will ALWAYS be my goal.

I’m becoming more and more concerned, however, about positions people are taking in the name of “religious freedom.”

Right now we are watching a battle in Kentucky where a court clerk is refusing to issue marriage licenses because it goes against her religious freedom.

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The flaw in this reasoning, in my opinion, is that the clerk seems to believe that there can only be religious freedom, OR, gay rights.

But not both.

This is simply not true.

By fighting for just one or the other, we will end up with neither.

You may be shaking your head in disagreement, but if we take a moment and think through just what comes AFTER the battle in Kentucky is over, our eyes may be opened a little wider.

What will happen if the court ruling comes down in favor of upholding the law and having licenses issued?

Most likely the conservative constituency will be outraged and feel like they are losing religious freedom, choosing to further alienate themselves from any who think differently. This will only result in the religious right appearing unreasonable and archaic, losing credibility in the argument.

What will happen if the court ruling comes down in favor of allowing the clerk to use her religious freedom to not issue licenses?

Most likely the liberals across the country will be more inflamed and make the demands that ALL religious freedom take a back seat to civil rights, even though the founders understood that placing religious liberty first guaranteed civil rights protections.

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No one.

We are forgetting that the very same protections that allow us the freedom to worship not only in private but to also live our religion openly in the public square are the same rights that provide marriage licenses for gay couples.

If our goal is to strip away their rights, they will return with the aim to strip away ours.

And let’s face it, the reality is that there are more people on their side right now than on ours, especially when the news media present those on the side of religion as uneducated hillbillies.

Too often we hide our heads in the sand a bit and come from a naïve position of trying to begin the discussion from where we think things SHOULD be.

But we have to be realistic and come from the position of where things actually ARE if we want to seriously make a change in the direction we want to go.

I’m not saying to give in on principles; in fact, just the opposite.

hand shake2I’m just saying be smart about it.

And compassionate.

And understanding.

And respectful.

Otherwise, in our push for conservatism, we may be helping to make a more liberal society.

 

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