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Wed Mar 17, 2021, 08:52 AM

Multiple State Bills Would Grant Churches "Blanket Immunity" from All Wrongdoing

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Multiple State Bills Would Grant Churches “Blanket Immunity” from All Wrongdoing
By Hemant Mehta
March 16, 2021

We’ve already seen a couple of states attempt to pass laws that would grant churches immunity during the next pandemic. They want to be treated like grocery stores — essential places permitted to remain open to large crowds regardless of future virus threats — despite the fact that churches usually involves speaking to and singing with each other, lingering in place for large blocks of time, and there are perfectly fine alternatives available to in-person worship.

But according to Heather L. Weaver of the ACLU, the bills proposed in places like Arizona, South Carolina, and Montana are even worse than that. Those states could allow religious organizations to be immune from everything as long as they’re exercising their faith in some way.

For example, passing the bills would mean that:

Religious organizations in that state could claim immunity from criminal prosecution and civil liability for the sexual abuse or physical harm of children in connection with religious activities or rituals;

Religious organizations could be shielded from the consequences of violating state nondiscrimination laws that conflict with their religious beliefs;

Religiously motivated hate groups could avoid prosecution for criminal activities associated with exercising their beliefs; and

Patients at religious hospitals could be unable to sue for medically negligent or reckless care that was provided based on the hospital’s religious beliefs.


Weaver says these bills could also shield churches from having to obey local fire codes. The way the bills are worded, churches wouldn’t have to obey any rules whatsoever if they were in the process of practicing their faith… which is an excuse that could theoretically apply to everything.


Praise be...

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NeoGreen Mar 2021 OP
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #1
no_hypocrisy Mar 2021 #2
2naSalit Mar 2021 #3
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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 08:54 AM

1. TN is tryig to make bible the "state book!"

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 08:56 AM

2. Granting immunity to child molesters in both Catholic and Protestant and other "churches".

Would you want Warren Jeffs, David Koresh, et al to have a legal license to marry and rape innumerable teen-age girls?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 09:46 AM

3. Don't forget the...

LDS.

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 11:02 AM

4. Unbelievable...

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 09:17 AM

5. Not unbelievable, not even unimaginable...

...humans have been aware of, and have commented on, the evils of religion for 1,000's of years:

tantum religio potuit suadere malorum
The practice of religion leads people to practice evil.
Lucretius, 99 to 55 BCE


Please, do not so lightly dismiss the evil of religion.

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