Religious Freedom, the New un-American Activity?


By: Eric Metaxas|Published: April 1, 2015 8:00 AM on Breakpoint

So, you want religious exemptions from supporting same-sex marriage and abortion? Well, two foundations are spending millions to put an end to your un-American activity.


Eric Metaxas

In a recent speech, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “compared to almost anywhere else in the world, our religious freedom situation is good.” However, he said, “the situation is “changing,” and, what’s more, the pace of that change will “quicken.”

The reason it will quicken is that, as Archbishop Chaput said, people “use words like justice, rights, freedom and dignity without any commonly shared meaning to their content.” As a result, “our most important debates boil out to who can deploy the best words in the best way to get power.”

That pursuit of power and its implications for religious liberty led BreakPoint favorite Rod Dreher to link Chaput’s warning with what he called a “deeply troubling report” from the Catholic News Service.daily_commentary_04_01_15

According to the story, two private foundations—The Ford Foundation and the ARCUS Foundation—have “poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are ‘un-American’ and an abuse of liberty.”

Between them, the two foundations have spent $3 million in furtherance of what John Lomperis of the Institute for Religion and Democracy called a “totalitarian vision” of religious freedom.

For instance, ARCUS gave the ACLU two grants totaling $700,000 in 2014. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se. The problem lies in the purpose of these grants. The first, as I mentioned, was to develop “communications strategies to convince conservative Americans that religious exemptions are ‘un-American.’” . . . .

[Read the whole Breakpoint article online.]


2 thoughts on “Religious Freedom, the New un-American Activity?

  1. We should have religious freedom everywhere, but we don’t. Doctors should not have to perform abortions, and assisted suicide. Eventually doctors will lose there conscience rights and will have to perform abortions, and assisted suicide. Eventually priests and pastors will have to perform same sex weddings. We will lose eventually all of our rights and freedoms and there will be no religious freedom. The problem is abortion, assisted suicide, and same sex marriage, is well accepted in our society. Doctors and Priests and Pastors will either lose there job or have to perform abortions, assisted suicide, and same sex marriage.

    • Canada ,The USA,the rest of America and Europe were Christian nations in Government,Law, and Education,and school teachers led their students in the Lord’s Prayer,and in music class with Traditional Christian Family Values songs, of Faithfulness.Sex Education was dating,courtship and waiting for sex in faithful marriage to one of the opposite sex.Babies in their mothers wombs grow and develop.Their DNA is different from that of their mothers and fathers,and it is human DNA,not horse or monkey DNA. I would call that evidence of a unique human life.We are not supposed to behave like beasts,but humans.We ought to love our children developing in their mothers wombs,instead of murdering them by the millions.People who kill their children are mislead by adult secular school teachers,and abortion etc.,activists who teach abortion is alright in Secular Sex Education Classes,as well as promiscuous sex including homosexual sex.Secularism is a disgraceful worldview-religion; that indoctrinates schoolchildren from Kindergarten to University in it’s depraved values.

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