Congresswoman: Freedom of Religion Means Imposing Your Views on Everyone Else

Last year, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) joined 65 of her colleagues in signing a letter calling attention to the "alarming pattern" of attacks on faith in the Air Force. The letter, according to Rep Todd Akin's (yes, the rape guy) website, calls on Secretary Panetta to issue clear Department of Defense policy guidance, consistent with our Constitution, to preserve the place of religious expression in the military at large. Apparently, not being able to use the institutions of government to proselytize people who don't want what you're selling makes you a victim.

Hartzler has a broad view that religious freedom means imposing one religious belief system on everyone else:


Then on Monday, Hartzler tweeted this:

The video link in Hartzler's Twitter post features the Little Sisters of the Poor, produced by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Here's a little information on the Becket Fund, via Right Wing Watch:

....[Adele] Keim [lawyer for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty] talked about Becket's client Hobby Lobby, which is suing the Obama administration over the contraception mandate.  Or as Keim insisted on calling it, the contraception/abortifacient mandate. Keim argued that business owners are no less deserving of religious accommodation than churches or religiously affiliated nonprofits, saying "Americans do not lose their First Amendment rights when they go to work." Of course by the standard she was invoking, many Americans could find their own rights and access to health care dictated by the religious beliefs of their employer....

Ah, that Hobby Lobby:

When questioned, an employee at a New Jersey store allegedly told a customer, "We don't cater to you people."

"This company didn't do good market research before opening a store in an area with a large Jewish population" is a much more likely explanation than "they won't order a few dreidels because of bigotry."

Apparently, they're now going to test market in New York and New Jersey. Think about that for a minute.

If they have a Las Vegas store do you think it'll start stocking condoms? Just asking.

Back to the Little Sisters of the Poor video. There's a comment from someone who viewed it:

I commend the Sisters for caring for the elderly and never letting someone die alone regardless of their religious affiliation. I think it's great that they look at the person and not their religion when in their final stages of life. But there is the problem. Since they are not solely a religious organization they basically shoot themselves in the foot.

And, a response to Hartzler's Twitter post:


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