If you’re not aware, religious liberty is currently the hot button political topic within Evangelicalism and Catholicism (and perhaps Mormonism as well). The topic came to the national forefront in the last couple of weeks due to a bill that was attempting passage in Arizona. I saw a flurry of articles recommend on the topic. Some with an understanding of the political and legal nuances of the topic, others without. The rhetorical battle got kicked off with one Christian columnist claiming that Evangelicals wanted to reinstate Jim Crow laws, followed by a blogger declaring that there should be no discrimination laws at all. I personally felt challenged by a blogger’s reminder to “go the extra mile” when we feel our rights are violated.
Eric recently shared an article with me that is basically the voice I’ve been looking for. “Religious Liberty Should be a Liberal Value Too” It explains the tension between pluralism (which is losing cultural prestige) and egalitarianism. I highly recommend the article.