If conservative religious leaders have their way, the words “In God We Trust” and the Ten Commandments will soon be affixed to the walls of all U.S. classrooms and courthouses. Every gathering — PTA, library or school board meeting, city council hearing and sporting event — will begin with a prayer, and we’ll all be expected to lift a glass in celebration of an annual Religious Freedom Day and Christian Heritage Week. What’s more, doctors, therapists and other health professionals will be able to refuse care to those whose sexuality, gender identity or expression they dislike. So will clergy, business people and social service providers.
And there’s more. Much more.
A 51-page document, “Model Religious Freedom Measures Protecting Prayer and Faith in America,” lays out a wish-list, complete with ready-made model legislation and talking points for conservative, Christian activists to use in statehouses throughout the country.
The “model measures” are the…