Religious freedom laws are sweeping the country like a cancer, eating away at the freedom of Americans who shouldn’t be legally bound by Christian doctrine.
A 2015 Pew Research study showed that since 2007, there has been a nearly 8 percent drop in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians. Whereas those who have no religious affiliation at all is at a record high of 22.8 percent. That turns out to be a whopping 56 million Americans.
So why then does a shrinking segment of the US population have so much influence over our laws? The answer is the Republican Party. Of the 22 states that have legalized some kind of “religious freedom” law, the majority are controlled by Republican state legislatures or have Republican governors.
Prior to the Tea Party wave of 2010 that swept Republican majorities into local and national offices, most Americans had no idea they even needed new laws to protect them from religious oppression. That scheme was concocted and propagated by right wing media outlets that flooded the minds of political sheep who thrive on coded discrimination and racist rhetoric, and have come to regard facts as liberal conspiracy theories.
In reality, so-called religious freedom laws have been widely criticized as nothing more than a way to discriminate against the LGBT community, and anyone else who doesn’t agree with the Republican Party’s version of Christian Sharia-type law.
Aside from the obvious questions of infringement on the separation of church and state, forcing the discriminatory religious beliefs of one group onto others goes against everything America is supposed to stand for.
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Chart from Pew Research
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