Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wal-Mart Hates Your Religious Freedom

So Arkansas tried to pass a religious liberty bill not unlike Indiana’s, and Wal-Mart got involved. The governor of Arkansas caved to the anti-religious corporate behemoth, unsurprisingly.  Rod Dreher has the details




I’d really like to talk about this today, because I’m quite angry over it.  The 1% has ALWAYS hated religious freedom, just like they’ve always hated freedom of speech, of the press, of the people to assemble peaceably, and just about every other provision of the Bill of Rights.  If the 1% could, they would pay our nation to make the Bill of Rights go away.  They are pretty close to succeeding on religious liberty--in my lifetime, the notion of religious freedom has already been gutted from “You have the right to act according to the dictates of your conscience as informed by your religion’s teachings and practices,” to “You have the right to show up for worship on Sunday or Saturday or Friday or Wednesday night etc., so long as you keep your beliefs to yourself, never allude to them in the public square, don’t particularly teach them to your kids, and are willing to skip church (or synagogue or mosque or whatever) the second your employer says he needs you to work that day.”  Right now, the useful idiots in the media, entertainment, and education are cheering them on, but when freedom of religion is gone and the 1% starts going after freedom of speech and the press, maybe they’ll realize that those of us who valued religious liberty sort of had a point.

Unfortunately, my desire to blog at length about this is not as strong as my need to get things ready for the Triduum, the highest holy days of my Catholic faith: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.  So talking about this will have to wait until after Easter, for me.

But I will try to sign in here occasionally to approve comments, should anybody else have the time or the desire to talk about this.

Wal-Mart hates our religious freedom.  It is possible to believe that they’d be happy if Christians had to violate our consciences all the time as the “price” to live in America/WalMarTopia circa 2015.  So: what now?


John InEastTX said...

Wal-Mart hates our religious freedom.

As the line in "The Godfather" went:

This is business not personal.

Wal-Mart doesn't hate your religious freedom - it is completely indifferent to the concept except insofar as it can be leveraged to make more money for the corporation.

A bunch of marketers, executive recruiters and other bean-counters got together, added up the pros and cons, and came to the conclusion that coming out against the Arkansas RFRA furthered their core goal of making money than would either remaining silent or supporting the RFRA.

By attributing this decision to 'hate' you are investing much more psychic energy into the matter than it warrants.

Red Cardigan said...

John, I tend to agree. My use of “hate” here is a bit tongue-in-cheek, based on rhetoric both from the right (Those people in countries with frighteningly large amounts of oil hate your freedom!) and the left (Christians just hate gay people and want to kill them, or at least deny them wedding flowers!). The word itself is becoming meaningless.

Elizabeth said...

There are a couple of little lines in the Indiana law- which I'm not in-the-know enough to know if they were copied in the Arkansas bill - that lead me to believe this whole thing is a Trojan horse for more corporate rights. The fact that the Corporati cannot yet agree only tells me they have not yet thought it through together.

I look forward to a "revised" bill/law that gives the appearance of non-discrimination while allowing companies to ride roughshod over what is left of the rights of us peons.

And with that, I wish you a Blessed Triduum, Erin and John.

John InEastTX said...

Thanks Elizabeth!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

It seems to me that a new consensus is emerging here. (I'm writing after Easter, but hopefully the spirit of that consensus will remain throughout the year).