WIBW posted an article about Rev. Cynthia Meyer in Edgerton, Ks of the United Methodist Church who was asked to reign as pastor since she was a lesbian. Had this been any other organization in the Unite States it would/could be considered discrimination. It is shocking that religious organizations get so much leeway in such things.
Dale Hanson of the Huffington Post wrote:
Of course the problems with this assertion are many. First and most basic is the fact that the Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of federal constitutional law. This means that while the term “separation of Church and State” may never appear in the constitution itself, the Court ruling in the case of Everson v. Board of Education stated “the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between Church and State.
[…] Having said that, the separation of church and state is hardly the first unwritten concept that is protected by the constitution. In the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court established a women’s constitutional right to have an abortion despite the word abortion never appearing in the constitution. In the 2015 case of Obergefell v. Hodges the Supreme Court established that laws against same sex marriage were unconstitutional despite the word marriage never appearing in the constitution. In the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright the Supreme Court established that the constitution guarantees the right to an attorney despite the words public defender never appearing in the constitution. In the 2010 case of McDonald v. Chicago the Supreme Court established that the second amendment right to bear arms included the right to bear arms for self-defense despite the words self-defense never appearing in the constitution.
It should also be noted that of the 112 Supreme Court Justices, none of them has been an atheist. In fact 92 pecent of them were Christian. What rationale would these justices have for making laws that would create a legal prejudice towards their system of beliefs, especially if the separation of Church and State is a misinterpretation?
The reality is that the constitution was never meant to be a stagnant document that was rigidly adherent to the words on the page. As Thomas Jefferson said “The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist, and shape into any form they please.” Over the past 200 years the Supreme Court has shaped the constitution to contain a clear separation of church and state that protects every religion equally. If only those who argue against this separation could see how they benefit from it instead of inappropriately interpreting it as an attack on Christianity.
Organized religion is fine but they should not be protected by law and exempt from paying taxes. It seems like many priests get off easy when it comes to child moleststion. In the news many people, especially politicians, use religion to justify anti LBGT legislation. The county clerk in Kentucky is a strong example of religion overstepping and attempting to make religious law in the United States. CNN
Organizations do have the right to refuse service to customers in certain situations. But to discriminate against an employee or a customer based on sexual orientation based on religious beliefs sets back the country 40 years. It seems like the United States needs another civil rights movement. How can the Unoted States be stuck in a war with religious extremist and deny help to others based on civil rights when our own civil rights are lacking.