A false narrative: phony claims of 'religious persecution' are offensive.


In parts of China, government officials are going around to Christian churches and pulling down the crosses. That's religious persecution.

But being expected to mind your own business while people do things that your religion doesn't approve of is not religious persecution.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who heads up the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, seems confused on this point. Lori recently complained about "bloodless persecution" of religion in America.

What is the source of this persecution? According to Lori, it stems from the legalization of marriage equality and the federal government's efforts to provide birth control to people who want it.

As we've said many times, nothing in the Supreme Court's marriage equality decision requires houses of worship to do anything they don't want to do. Their clergy are not required to perform the marriages of same-sex couples. They don't have to admit LGBT people as members. They are, in fact, free to rail against them from the pulpit.

The same holds true for birth control access. Under the Affordable Care Act, churches are exempt from...

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