Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thanks For Writing

I received e-mail from nine different Episcopal Church affiliated organizations overnight and this morning, each in reaction to the Supreme Court's decisions of yesterday.  I've never before received any mail from these groups nor have I ever heard of them.  Another commonality is that they seem unfamiliar with anything other than pre-programmed...I believe they're called "talking points"...which seem to misrepresent some of the chief features of the decision.

My question through all of this is more eloquently rendered by The Atlantic:
Responses to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby are a study in contradictions. It’s “a landmark victory for religious liberty” that gives bosses “license to harm their female employees in the name of religion.” A “struggle for the First Amendment has been vindicated,” while the law is being “used as a sword to thwart anti-discrimination laws.” All the rhetoric sets up the same dichotomy: religious liberty vs. women’s reproductive rights. How did two kinds of freedom come to be seen as mutually exclusive?

Even from educated people, it seems the common perception of religion in America is puzzle-witted.