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Redefinition harms religious liberties

Posted: April 7, 2013 4:30 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2013 4:30 p.m.
 

In the current national debate over efforts to redefine the historic institution of marriage, some key concerns have hardly been mentioned.

If five Supreme Court Justices collude for same-sex marriage, we will have yet another example of the “Federalization of American Culture.” This refers to the ever-expanding grasp of federal powers over issues that historically and constitutionally belonged to the states and to their citizens.

Additionally, the debate tends to overlook the “progressive” tactic of privatizing religious expression and rights of conscience. Craig Parshall, senior vice president and general counsel for National Religious Broadcasters and the director of the John Milton Project for Free Speech, says this is accomplished if the liberals can shrink “the sphere within which people of faith are allowed to express and live out their beliefs.” In other words, your religious beliefs are OK in your home or church, but are not to be uttered or practiced in the public square. He goes on to postulate this political corollary: “As federalism increases, religious liberty decreases.”  


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