Asking Permission to Use Our Liberties (March 30, 2016)
The free exercise of religion is a fundamental constitutional liberty.
Unfortunately, over time we have begun to move from government having to justify an infringement of that liberty to citizens having to get permission from the government to exercise it.
This is what has happened in the field of counseling, as the national ethics code for counselors was changed to forbid them from referring patients if the client’s goals conflicted with the counselors sincerely held religious beliefs. This change effectively forced counselors to provide counsel contrary to their religious beliefs.
Thankfully, a proposed bill in Tennessee would reverse this change, but the fact it took hours of testimony and concerted lobbying to get the bill out of a legislative committee just proves the point—we now have to convince the government to give us our constitutional liberties.
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