Well this didn’t take long. Give these special pleaders for religion an inch and they take two whole miles, in addition to finding new ways to discriminate against the icky gay people that they hate so much. Now that the Supreme Court has busted open Pandora’s Box with their fundamentally unconstitutional ruling, other religious groups are demanding that they be exempted from things they don’t like as well: in this case, hiring gay people.
TPM reports that a number of religious groups sent the President a letter demanding to be exempted from the upcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people. The letter, which was first reported by the Atlantic, was sent to the President not even two days after the ruling and was written by 14 representatives, including the president of Gordon College.
The letter reads “without a robust exemption, the expansion of hiring will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity, and religious freedom.”
What this means is that they’re demanding special privileges, since they clearly don’t understand what “common good” and “national unity” mean if they’re using these terms to discriminate against an entire class of people.
They noted in the letter that the Senate-passed ENDA included a religious exemption:
Our concern about an executive order without a religious exemption is about more than the direct financial impact on religious organizations. While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality. We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this issue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.
According to TPM:
The White House announced in June that Obama would issue an executive order forbidding contractors that receive federal funding from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender equality after the House had stymied ENDA. The White House declined to comment to The Atlantic on the Tuesday letter and did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.
The letter didn’t mention the Hobby Lobby decision directly. But one of the signees, Michael Wear, the Obama 2012 veteran, told The Atlantic that the court decision meant the administration would need to address such concerns.
“The administration does have a decision to make whether they want to recalibrate their approach to some of these issues,” he said.
It’s only going to get worse as more religious groups line up to demand special treatment and privileges. When we look back on this case in future history books, it will be remembered as the Dred Scott decision of the 21st century. And hopefully, Alito and the other hacks on the court will be remembered with as much contempt as Roger B. Taney is today.