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-Hillary Clinton on Supreme Court Marriage Decision: Possible Implications for Religious Liberty?

by Dr. D ~ July 1st, 2015

Hillary Clinton

           (Image: Hillary Clinton)

Among the politicians running for President in 2016, all of them quickly responded to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. While most of the Republican candidates were concerned about religious liberty, Hillary Clinton may have a different idea. Here’s what Hillary had to say:

"From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the courage and determination of the LGBT community has changed hearts and changed laws.

This ruling is an affirmation of the commitment of couples across the country who love one another. …

So while we celebrate the progress won today, we must stand firm in our conviction to keep moving forward. For too many LGBT Americans who are subjected to discriminatory laws, true equality is still just out of reach. While we celebrate today, our work won’t be finished until every American can not only marry, but live, work, pray, learn and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice. We cannot settle for anything less."

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Response: When Hillary says that the LGBT community needs to keep moving forward until they can:

pray …free from discrimination and prejudice. We cannot settle for anything less.

What does she really mean and more importantly, what kind of action towards that goal is she talking about?

Maybe she is talking about ‘praying’ in a mosque or Orthodox Jewish synagogue? LGBT folks are free right now to attend and pray in any church in America. However most churches will not marry same-sex couples and the vast majority do not have gay leaders or clergy. Is this phrase really code for changing and maybe even forcing all churches to comply on the rest? Otherwise what does it really mean we she says- “we cannot settle for anything less”? While no specific actions are called for here it does seem rather ominous and a challenge to religious liberty is at least implied since many churches will not want to change.

This calls into question what kind of actions that Hillary Clinton might propose if elected president in 2016? Also, what could we expect from a Hillary Clinton administration when it comes to First Amendment rights and the freedom of religion? The following might give us some probable indications:

-In the past, she has come out in favor of a limited form of religio0us freedom called-  ‘Freedom of Worship’ which proposes that religious liberty be contained within the four walls of an officially zoned and approved place of worship.

-In August 2011 Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State went on the record in support of the UN ‘Defamation of Religions’ resolution which called for specific restrictions on religious conversation concerning Islam, the Quran, and it’s founder Muhammad.

-Even more telling, she made the following statement about abortion in April:

Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

While no specifics have been forth coming from Hillary, one can deduce from her past statements and from some of the rather ominous language that she has used here and in the past that she would be in favor of limiting religious freedom and maybe even using laws and regulations to try and force changes in churches and religious institutions.             *Top

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