In this country, we are discussing a subject near and dear to revisionist historians – religious liberties. But, should they all be protected? What about the life of the child whose parents do not believe in medicine (I was one of those), but unlike those who catch common colds, this one gets cancer. Can they claim religious liberty?
Or what about the Sikh? Their religion requires them to carry small knifes and wear head coverings. Or Islamic women who wear veils? Americans have a difficult time in trying to protect their religious liberties?
The answer to that question starts with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of religion. Title VII also requires employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate employees’ religious needs as long as the accommodation does not impose an “undue hardship” on the employer. For example, under Title VII, if an employer has a policy that requires employees to be clean shaven and a Sikh employee asks to wear a beard in accordance with his religious beliefs, the employer would need to grant permission or show that an exemption would unduly harm the employer’s interests.
What point do religious liberties need protection and at what point do they need curtailed?
- ACLU: Birth Control Decision Defends Religious Liberty (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
- Trautman: Bishops will likely file suit ‘to protect our religious liberty’ (goerie.com)
- Letter: Religious liberty threatened by ‘health care’ mandates (tcpalm.com)
- Notre Dame, CHA Propose Dangerous Compromise on Religious Liberty (cardinalnewmansociety.org)
- Mormons in America – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Infographic: Religious persecution around the world (macleans.ca)