Jim Taylor: Freedom of Religion Can Go Too Far

Jim writes:

“When religious rights conflict with criminal laws, they contend, religious rights take priority.
“I disagree….
“As an individual, [Canadian Prime Minister] Harper may attend any church he wants. He may practice his beliefs as rigorously as he wants. He’s free to believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. He’s also free to believe that two plus two equals five. And if he wants to run his personal finances on that belief, he’s welcome to try.
“As prime minister, though, he must set personal beliefs aside. When he’s governing the country, he must not apply flawed mathematics to national budgets, he cannot ignore scientific realities, and he should not base foreign policy on a 2000-year-old text which asserts that God gave a particular piece of real estate to the descendants of Jacob, forever and ever.”

Read the whole article here:  http://edges.canadahomepage.net/2014/08/24/1833/


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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