March 20th, 2010

Friendly Neighborhood Atheist

Governmental policies about religion

nonsanity recently wrote two posts about the presence of the words "under god" in the pledge of allegiance.

nefaria responded, and I've been debating him (which is hard; I never was very good at debate. At least on the internet I can take my time and research things!)

In response to this comment:

1. Freedom of Choice Act: Whoooa, hot-button digression for a discussion that started out about two words in a pledge. However, you're wrong; the FOCA would do no such thing.

2. Housing Act: What if a Jew refuses to rent to a moderate Muslim? Or if a Christian refuses to rent to a Jew? I can't believe you're trying to argue that prohibiting religious discrimination is somehow bad.

3. How is that any different from, say, a bank requiring its employees to wear suits, and disallowing tennis shoes, jeans, T-shirts, etc.? As long as nobody tries to restrict what you wear off-duty, it's not discrimination.

4. Surely religious institutions have some recourse. Alternative student loans? Private loans?

5. More like, when the government is involved, standards of fairness must be applied. Government workers don't have to abandon their principles; they're just not allowed to proselytize on the job.