Enough With Religious Exemption
As anti-gay laws sweep across the country after the marriage ruling, we see the main theme is simple-people can no longer “practice their faith” without the ability to discriminate.
Eventually, the high courts will rid us of these scourges and we can have a more just society.
I’m sick to death of all of it. I’m tired of the faithful trying to get their way at the expense of others. I’m tired of having to soothe them and succor them. Their special snowflake proclivities have got to go.
Now I know, I know the government can’t curtail freedom to practice one’s faith. This pernicious little clause has been the source of much controversy. I yield to the document. I don’t like it, but I yield. But you better be on terra firma when you exercise this right.
I want to approach this “religious freedom” thing in another way. In no way am I relating the push for freedom above with the push for freedom below. It’s just on my mind a lot lately.
I’m known to love an underdog. Which is why I usually defend American Muslims who want to be respected as they practice their religion. Maybe I shouldn’t give them special preference because as I said, what’s good for the goose ain’t good for the gander. So it is with regret that I find favor towards the Citadel in disallowing the traditional headdress of a Muslim woman to be worn while training. Islam and the military have something in common with each other when it comes to adornment. All men are shorn to the skin and are not allowed to have facial hair during training. Women, in training and in regular service, must keep their hair up so it does not pass their collar. What I’m trying to say is that there’s an enforced modesty and a rejection of finery in the military-one that I believe satisfies the requirements laid down in the Koran (it is, if I remember right, not terribly specific as to how a woman should dress necessarily, it seems that the coverings evolved as the religion did).
It looks like CAIR is going to address this; there is, in one sense something to abridging one’s religious freedom here, and that applies to the armed services. But I think we’re going a bit too far-you can’t just practice your faith whenever it pleases you, just as you cannot always speak or assemble wherever you wish.
Maybe I’m just an ex-soldier griping about change in the military, something I never thought I would do. Maybe I’m just a cranky atheist who’s tired of religious exemptions and special treatment for believers. You tell me. Personally, I think all this covering of women is bullshit and I can’t believe so many women choose to cloak themselves and perhaps that’s what my problem is. I can’t tell.