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April 18, 2014
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Letter: Is religious freedom for Christians in America the new target of discrimination?

Courts rule out Christian values

“Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the discarded military policy regarding homosexuality, is still in force in America, except that it no longer applies to what a person does in the privacy of his or her bedroom, but rather to a person’s religious beliefs – if they are Christian beliefs.

Sweet Cakes Bakery in Gresham is being forced to shut down their store for refusing to violate their Christian conscience and bake a wedding cake for a same sex “wedding.” Hobby Lobby faces $1 million-a-day fines for refusing to pay for their employees’ birth control and abortifacients drugs. A U.S. soldier faces reprimand for writing scripture on his dorm whiteboard and former NFL running back Craig James is being fired from Fox Sports Southwest for his traditional view on marriage. A child was ordered to sit down at school for quoting scripture while giving a report on Christmas traditions. Living out one’s Christian faith is becoming hazardous in the United States.

Our Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries avowed that same-sex civil rights supersede freedom of religion in Oregon when it ruled against Sweet Cakes Bakery. Ironically, the “wedding” the cake was ordered for is not even legal in Oregon.

A Supreme Court justice in New Mexico, when he ruled against a photographer who declined to photograph a gay “wedding,” wrote, “[they]…now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives … it is the price of citizenship.”

Amazing. In America, where freedom of religion and freedom of speech are ensconced in the first amendment to our constitution, the price of citizenship is sacrificing our religious beliefs?

Apparently instead of religious freedom, we now have don’t ask, don’t tell ­— don’t act in accordance with your beliefs or tell anyone what you believe – or else!

Carol Lovegren Miller

Oakland


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The News-Review Updated May 27, 2014 10:36AM Published Apr 18, 2014 01:08PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.