Sunday, December 22, 2013

Liberty for All or License for Some: How the Left Views Religious Freedom

by Andrew E. Harrod
December 21, 2013

"My freedom, your slavery" was how Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy described the conflict between individual conservative religious liberty and increasingly strident liberal social demands. Speaking at the leftwing Center for American Progress (CAP) on December 12, 2013, Gaddy and his fellow panelists displayed modern American liberalism's skewed quasi-Orwellian understanding of religious rights and personal behavior.

Gaddy addressed CAP's event "Religious Liberty for Some or Religious Liberty for All: How the Conservative Campaign for 'Religious Liberty' Undermines Fairness and Liberty for All." An eponymous CAP paper available to the audience set the panel's tone. While a "core American value," religious liberty served a "conservative backlash" as "cover to...turn back the clock" on "marriage equality or...women's reproductive rights." Supposedly "losing on the merits of the issues," the "opponents of progress" are "weaponizing" religious liberty.

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