We’re not making this up.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, not long ago, Americans were more likely to invoke religious freedom to support the very causes, including legal access to abortion, that Christian conservatives now oppose in its name.
When the first Congress debated the Bill of Rights, the clauses on religion represented a compromise between those who wanted to prevent federal interference in established churches that many states maintained, and those who aimed to level the playing field by eliminating state support for churches.
So to the Chronicle, that means you can get an abortion, no questions asked. Hmmm.
By the 1970s, the Chronicle goes on, the courts viewed the separation of church and state as a prerequisite rather than a barrier to religious freedom. Jehovah’s Witnesses won the right to proselytize in the streets; the Amish won the right to withhold their children from public schools; and the courts ruled that prayers could not be sponsored by the public schools.
At the time, the Chronicle says, most Americans assumed that the principle of religious freedom favored pro-choice politics. Seriously?
Soon after the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, an interdenominational group of Protestants and Jews founded the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, later renamed the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, to defend the legalization of abortion against its detractors. They contended that the American tradition of religious freedom did not allow any religious group to legally impose its strictures on all. The group’s members carried banners that read “Religious Freedom.”
OK got it. Religious freedom as defined by extreme Leftists. Now we understand.
Nice try Chronicle.