Rites vs. Rights

The Obama administration has made the politically difficult decision to allow a group of Native Americans to kill two bald eagles (which otherwise is a federal crime) so that these people can practice their religion as they desire. Why, then, will Team Obama not show the same respect for the Catholic Church’s First Amendment right in the case of forcing it to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and morning-after pills to the employees of church-sponsored institutions?

Aside from being a clear case of favoring one religion over another, I believe it is because the first involves a religious rite, while the second only involves a religious right. Apparently, as my friend Chuck Colson has been warning, the administration is attempting to transform our Constitution’s broad protection of “freedom of religion” to a much narrower “freedom of worship.” Such an approach seeks to privatize matters of faith, rendering it irrelevant for most issues of life.

This is the game plan of a dictatorship, not a democracy. If our faith means anything in the public sphere, we Christians cannot allow this to happen.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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