Otherwise known as Religious Freedom.
Google defines ‘Freedom of Religion’ as “the right to practice whatever religion one chooses.”
Wikipedia defines it as ” a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.”
The first amendment (of the US Constitution) says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Later in the same document, the US Constitution, this topic is addressed again. Amendment 14 says “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction there of, are citizens of the United States and of the State where in they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protections of the laws.”
So, in general, Freedom of Religion (aka Religious Freedom) means you’re able to worship any religion you choose in any place you choose without being persecuted (just because I like to work off definitions to make every thing as clear as it can be, persecution is defined as ‘a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, orracial group’ as defined by Dictionary.com).
Is that a good definition for everybody?… Yes?… Cool. Onwards we move!
These phrases have been cropping up over the past few years in State and Federal bills and coming out of politician’s mouths when interviewed about said bills. They say things like ‘things x, y, and z are impinging on my religious freedom’ or ‘we need to preserve our religious freedom’ implying that ‘thing x, y, and z’ are making their practicing of whatever religion they practice more difficult.
I’m not going to say it’s all coming from the politically and/or religiously conservative, but from what I’ve observed, many bills like this have been sponsored or written by said politically and/or religiously conservative.
I’ll be upfront (or more accurately, in the middle…) I’ll let it be known that I am a politically and religiously liberal guy. I enjoy learning about different religions and ways of thinking outside the confines of Western Culture.
Getting back to the topic, ‘things x, y, and z’ have been centered around gay/LGTB rights. First it was marriage equality and now it’s can trans people use the gendered restroom they identify as? There is a bill currently in North Carolina that’s getting quite a bit of attention recently. How that’s to be enforced is beyond my ability to imagine.
There are other protests to the ‘now’ point such as ‘this will make it so boys can just enter a women’s restroom and take creepy pics and/or rape females’. I will agree that the point is fair and is happening currently happening. There’s currently nothing to stop a male entering a female restroom other than politeness, common courtesy, and social sanctions.
I’m getting away from the topic of ‘Freedom of Religion’ again. My bad.
My question is… how does the gender/sex identity of a stranger impact the ability of a person to practice their religion?
Really, I’m honestly asking… how does the gender/sex identity of someone they do not know affect the person’s ability practice their religion?
There are many ways the beliefs/thoughts/something of one person can impact another individual. Many of them have to do with evaluating or judging someone or something the someone has produced (e.g. grades on papers and performance evaluations).
Are the supporters of the North Carolina bill judging LGTB people to be inferior and thus shouldn’t have the same rights? Whether consciously or unconsciously? If so, I fear for the USA (I refuse to call citizens of the USA Americans because there are two continents that use the America name. So, at total of 26 countries citizens can claim themselves as American). If that’s the case, it’s not dissimilar to the race protests/riots. And I think we all know how that worked out. Though we still have a ways to go in that regard (you can say the same with women’s rights)…
I think that’s where I’ll stop for this post. Thanks for reading! If you have questions or comments leave them below either here or on fb. I hope y’all are having a good start to your week!
Persecution definition: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/persecution?s=t
Freedom of Religion non-USA-based: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_religion
Salem Witch Trials: https://www.google.com/search?q=salem+witch+trials&oq=salem&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l2j69i59j0l2.2172j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8