via Reason.Com the question is begged…wouldn’t Nirvana be at hand if we could only get rid of those pesky Christians? The admittedly non-religious author says no…not really:
Gay rights groups and their allies were outraged when Indiana enacted a “religious freedom” measure that let businesses refuse to take part in same-sex weddings and other events they find objectionable.
That’s fine…but all the rest of us have rights that sometimes get trampled for the “greater good” too. Get over it.
Besides, this policy extends beyond the devout. You don’t have to believe in God to be exempted from military service as a conscientious objector. You don’t need religious reasons for regarding abortion as murder to be free to refuse to assist in one. Some secular demands of conscience are just as compelling as faith-based ones.
Nor is the protection absolute or automatic. Those with a religious objection to a law may ask to be exempted. But when the cost of accommodating that objection is too high—say, allowing racial discrimination or harming children—the objections will be overruled.
Religious liberty, it’s fair to say, should not be grounds for stigmatizing and ostracizing people because of their sexual orientation. Gays and lesbians deserve protection from burdens caused by the indifference or hostility of others. But they are not the only ones.