Whoever thought that religious liberty had the stipulation of, you can believe what you want, but the government has the right to discriminate if your views don’t align with theirs? Well, welcome to America guys!
During the recent Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage, Justice Alito asked Solicitor General Verrilli, Jr. whether a ruling in favor of gay marriage could have an impact on schools. Specifically, Justice Alito asked if schools could lose their tax exempt status if they opposed gay marriage. The solicitor general’s answer was frightening. He responded, “it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that.”
Most schools have a 501(c) 3 status. In some states, that status is necessary for a school to be considered an accredited school. Therefore, if schools stand firm on their beliefs, they could not only lose their tax exempt status, but potentially could also lose their accreditation status.
Just a few yeas ago, in 2008, President Obama said, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” Why then should a college, who has the same views on marriage as President Obama recently had, but has simply decided to stand firm in their convictions, be penalized?
The solicitor general seemed quite confident in his answer that the penalization of colleges is certainly a possibility. Just losing the tax exempt status alone could cause schools to shut down due to the financial ramifications. But, where will the government draw the line if nothing is done? Could this not only could this affect colleges and universities? Next, could religious non-profits be the victim? Or churches? The President might fail to draw the line, so we must act and draw the boundary now.
This afternoon, Sen. Mike Lee announced his plans to submit a Government Non-Discrimination Act so that the government cannot take adverse actions on an institution due to that institution’s religious beliefs. During the press conference, Sen. Lee proclaimed, “The government ought to not only promise that it’s not going to force any church to perform a same-sex marriage against its will, but we ought to have a guarantee…that the government won’t penalize any religious institution or individual, based on a religious belief, that believes that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.”
The government should not retaliate on an institution simply because they believe that the definition of marriage is that of a sacred union between a man and a woman. Over 70 educational leaders have signed a letter to congress about the importance of this issue, and many more have affirmed their support for Sen. Lee’s actions.
Your school could be the victim of government overreach. Your children could be forced to go to a school that is against their convictions, simply because the government disagrees with them. Don’t be the next victim of the government’s oppression on religious liberty. If we are truly going to have the right to the religious liberty that is outlined in our constitution, we must take a stand. Call your representatives and tell them that they should vote for Sen. Lee’s legislation.