US Civil Rights Commission: non-discrimination laws take precedence over religious liberty
[Political correctness uber alles]
Catholic World News – September 08, 2016
Non-discrimination laws “are of preeminent importance in American jurisprudence,” and should not be subject to religious exemptions, the US Commission on Civil Rights has argued in a new report.
“Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights,” the Commission said in a report on the tensions between non-discrimination laws and religious liberties. The report called for strict limits on the exemptions accorded to religious institutions.
Martin Castro, the chairman of the Commission was even more dismissive of the claims of religious liberty. In a statement accompanying the release of the new report, he said: “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, or any form of intolerance.”