In a recent column, Luke Messer, a sitting Indiana congressman, complained that Senate Democrats, as they were questioning prospective federal court judge appointees, were guilty of “mocking” religious freedom.
As I read Messer’s complaint, two things came to mind. First of all, each religion has its own list of beliefs and prohibitions. While a judge is entitled to those personal religious beliefs, the candidate must be willing to judge according to the law, not according to those beliefs. As senators try to evaluate a candidate, they want to make sure each person will do his or her job in a just and lawful way.
My second thought concerned the definition of “religious freedom.” Recently, it seems to mean more than the right to follow whatever religion you wish or to worship in peace without interference.
It has come to mean the right to discriminate against those who don’t agree with your vision of morality.
Mary Certa, Crown Point