The Founding Fathers: A Rant.

Here are some things the “Founding Fathers” thought, since we keep having this dialogue about religious freedom based on what these dudes intended:
 
Founding Fathers–Hey, it’s totally okay for white humans to own black humans!
 
Founding Fathers–Hey, it’s totally fine for male humans to own all the property and have all the rights and for female humans to stay at home and raise babies.
 
Founding Fathers–HEY IT’S ABSOLUTELY OKAY FOR YOU TO KILL YOUR BLACK SLAVES IF THEY RUN AWAY FROM YOU.
 
These dudes were not exactly paragons of modern virtue.
 
Let’s get that clear right now.
 
 
 
Look, folks. Once and for all. Religious freedom means that the government does not have the right to impose a religion on you.
 
It doesn’t mean that YOU have right to expect everyone else to follow your religious laws or that you can refuse service to me in the public sector based on your religious beliefs. We do not live in a theocracy. I don’t care what you think your holy book says about my body, my sexuality, my place in the world.

6 thoughts on “The Founding Fathers: A Rant.

  1. I actually think that one’s choice to practice a religion is their personal choice. It should be a reciprocated expectation. No one has a right to force another to believe while at the same time anyone who doesn’t bear such belief has no right to cast aspersions at those who choose to.

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    • I agree. I’m a Christian. This post isn’t knocking anyone, it’s saying, categorically, that the “religious freedom” granted by the Constitution of the United States does not give anyone the right or privilege to force ME to obey Levitical Law, nor does it protect anyone who works in public from having to provide access or service to me because they don’t agree with my life choices.

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  2. It’s so frustrating to me that a great swath of the American public will allow the sort of cognitive dissonance that says *some* things from hundreds of years ago are written in stone, but *some* things should “of course” change to better reflect our modern world. Cherry picking your philosophy is fine, as long as you recognize that everyone can do so, and it means that 100% of anything ever spoken, written, or thought can be challenged. (And that’s good. We should always be challenging our perceptions!)

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