Did you hear about the guy who walked into a Jewish delicatessen and ordered a ham sandwich? When the proprietors told him that they didn’t carry ham or any pork products, the customer asked why. When told it was against their religion, the man became irate and said, “We’ll see you in court!
In the ensuing trial, the judge found the owners of the delicatessen were guilty of discrimination and forbade them from refusing orders from those who disagreed with their religious principles. The fine imposed by the court was so heavy; they had to close up shop. Oy vey!
Yes, this is a fictional account; but not an impossible account. No one in their right mind would expect ham from a Hebrew. Yet somehow, according to the Supreme Court, Christians cannot refuse to accept customer orders because of religious principles that have guided them for two thousand years. Already, we have seen our brothers and sisters slugged by the heavy hand of the law to the point of going out of business and being jailed. What kind of religious liberty is that?
The Supreme Court is supremely wrong. It is not their prerogative to make laws – that’s the job of congress. Does not the first amendment to the constitution guarantee our right to the free exercise of our religion? Who gave our highest court permission to reject the highest of our freedoms? “I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected,” Dr. Ben Carson said in a statement at the time. “The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs.”
I fear this is only the first shot in a coming period of intense persecution. Are you ready?