Protecting Christian Liberty from Government Abuse
June 7, 2012
Imagine if a new, deadly influenza virus broke out and authorities determined that somehow a chemical element in pork helped boost one's immune response, making the pork consumer less than half as likely to contract the illness.
Jews and Muslims, of course, have firm laws against eating pork. Even in the midst of an epidemic, imagine the outcry if the government told a Muslim-owned, or kosher-Jewish, restaurant that it must provide all diners with the option of a small, free serving of pork during the crisis. Civil libertarians would be up in arms, especially over the affront to Muslims. They would point out that pork is readily available elsewhere, that Muslims are (supposedly) an embattled minority within the United States, and that forcing somebody to violate an unambiguous tenet of his faith is an abominable abridgement of human rights and of the Constitution's First Amendment. They would be right.