June 22, 2022

Freedom

We used to have something called "freedom of religion". The Republican Party has replaced that with something they call "religious liberty".

Freedom of religion meant you could believe anything you wanted, and you could engage in activities related to those beliefs, as long as you didn't interfere with someone else's rights (eg., no human sacrifice). In this regard, all religions were equal under the law. The government could not require religious observance.

"Religious liberty", by contrast, means that certain privileged religious or quasi-religious beliefs have priority over others. Those privileged beliefs can be imposed on non-believers, and compliance can be required by law.

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