Monday, April 10, 2017

Legal Scholars Write and Amicus Brief for Arlene's Flowers

This is one of the cases in which a gay couple sued for the refusal of service. I heard one of the writers of the brief, Steven Smith, at a presentation on religious freedom at ASU West.

If Republicans had spent more time on religious freedom and stayed off the Trump train, they could have made my voting decision more difficult.

2 comments:

Mr. Green said...

Dr. Reppert, what do you say to the people who voted for Trump precisely because they considered it the strongest vote for religious freedom? Given the antipathy of Democrats (some would call it hostility) to religious freedom, isn't "whoever the Republican is" a valid choice? What is the plausible scenario that leads to less forbearance for Christians under President Trump than President Clinton?

Mortal said...

What is the plausible scenario that leads to less forbearance for Christians under President Trump than President Clinton?

Trump is perilously close to establishing a Mussolini-style authoritarian state in this country. If you don't think that's possible in the USA, I suggest you read Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel It Can't Happen Here. (I started it a couple of days ago, and am astonished by its prescience. Not finished yet, but at times it feels like reading this morning's newspaper.)

Christianity has always fared ill under authoritarian regimes, while it has flourished under Freedom.

There's your plausible scenario.