Robin Vander Wall
Agreed. The very idea that these ministries accept the state’s blatant abuse without hardly a murmur of contempt is telling to me (imagine were the state of Alabama telling ministries that they couldn’t provide shelter to Koreans or to food stamp recipients or to people who’ve been convicted of shoplifting). The most of them are perfectly happy with the law and even happier that they get to blame the state of Alabama instead of recognizing the grave dangers of letting governments dictate who is (and who is not) allowed to benefit from the charitable work of a sectarian organization.
In North Carolina, the prohibition extends to houses of worship themselves. And any pastor, priest, or clerical leader who knowingly assists a registered citizen in violating ANY aspect of the state’s restrictions on registered citizens is guilt of a felony offense. In sum, the state of North Carolina (which many would perceive as part of the “Bible Belt”) is, by law, telling pastors, priests, and clerical leaders who they can and cannot allow into their houses of worship. So, a nation founded on the very principle of religious freedom for those who seek to worship according to their consciences (as well as those who serve as sectarian leaders) has abandoned one of its most fundamental tenants for the sake of presumed safety and on the basis of prejudice against a particularized class of American citizens.
Many of these religious leaders are approving of these policies by murmuring in their polite little voices disapproval while silently saying in their wretched little hearts, “Amen.” They’re vermin. And their tongues are the tools of serpents.