I find this kind of thinking to be absolutely disgusting and it is at the core of the modern liberal/progressive/Democrat thinking. The writer equates the government forcing companies to offer certain types of abortion services to the fight for civil rights for black folks back in the 1950s and 60s. And he cites some evidence that some argued for Jim Crow laws and discrimination as being biblically motivated. this illustration is dishonest.
Yes, some have used religion not just in discrimination in the deep south but also in history to forward political political positions and engage in hegemony against their neighbors. But this was obviously not a legitimate use of faith but deceitful, as religion does not preach this. We all know that discrimination in the deep south did not flow from religious beliefs since they were not the same in other parts of the country or in other nations. So medacious arguments that Christianity support discrimination against Blacks was not taken seriously by others at the time.
However, central to some people's faith is the sanctity of human life and the discourse has been clear for decades that many folks DO NOT want to be complicit in the support of abortion just as I do not want to be complicit in abortion and the state's execution of prisoners. This is a core principle and it is was not dreamed up to fight against government forcing employers to provide these abortion services to their employees. For a writer like this to argue otherwise is misleading, deceitful and frankly appalling. But this is what we have come to expect from these kinds of people that think that all authority flows from government.
When government intervenes and determines what kind of contract one can have between employer and employee, then the government is overstepping its legitimate authority. Many have accepted this, and I think that they are wrong and government, as envisioned and designed in the US, does not have this authority. However, government when 'given and inch will take a mile' and it thinks that it has the authority to force people to engage in practices that these individuals deem to be against the core values of their faith, then government risks unraveling any authority and this is what is at stake for me.
It is government that has gone too far and not religious freedom that has gone too far.
I have very little respect for people like this writer that use tired civil rights arguments to try to crush liberty , force their beliefs down our throats and it is the progressive enforcers such as this that we have to watch out for as we move further towards the US authoritarian state.
Religious Freedom Goes Too Far - Yahoo News