If civil rights is something that a majority of Americans herald as the greatest strength of our nation then why is religious freedom, our "first freedom," being marginalized by a secular minority to a deficient status?
Most all of you know about the Colorado baker Jack Phillips who got lambasted in the press with headlines like "Baker refuses to serve gays" and "Baker is discriminating against gays." Well, not surprisingly, these headlines and others like it were not only misleading, but popular bigotry.
It is widely known in the community that Phillips serves all who comes to his shop, but does not attend all events where his services may be needed due to his religious conscious. According to the Deseret News, even The Economist defended Phillips, saying that there is a "crucial difference between refusing to do business with someone simply because he is gay and refusing ... to play a part in a marriage ceremony that violates one’s own dearly-held religious convictions about the function and meaning of marriage."
However, the judge who ruled against religious liberty last December said his religious beliefs were, "a distinction without a difference," almost ripping that headline right from the New York Times playbook.
This ruling and subsequent decisions made in its aftermath like Phillips needing to provide "comprehensive staff training" have believers everywhere afraid to demonstrate their conviction, and in some cases even questioning their faith.
So, I ask, why is this so?
The answer is simple: the media's unholy alliance with the elitist agenda to push this country into complete secularism through stereotypes.
See, toleration is not a one-way street as the media portrays it to be. The media and their minions wont tell you stories of people of faith demonstrating tremendous generosity. They wont show you instances where religious institutions have stood up for those they disagree with. And they wont listen to anything painting the religious community as one of tolerance and humility.
The real bigotry here is not protecting the religious community's God-given and Constitutional rights. The media has created and molded a stereotype for all us believers, and anyone who disagrees be damned. We are good people and must not run away from our faith under the pressure and scrutiny of a deceitful government and media.
Through true tolerance on all sides we can break the segregated chains that have been placed on all of us – religious and secular.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Lippman wrote a classic work "Liberty and the News." In it, Lippman wrote: "In so far as those who purvey the news make of their own beliefs a higher law than truth, they are attacking the foundations of our constitutional system. There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and shame the devil."
Let's demand the truth from our government and the media.