A pharmacy in Washington state has filed a case with the U.S. Supreme Court because the pharmacists object on religious grounds to selling abortion-inducing drugs and they would like the right to refer those patients to another pharmacy, which is prohibited by Washington state law. That is correct: it is illegal in Washington to refer a customer to another place of business when one’s conscious prohibits them from serving that customer. This should be a religious freedom slam dunk, a sure win for those that seek religious freedom to be restored in the United States, including the right to practice one’s religion in a place of business and to operate that business based on the same religious beliefs that dictate how someone lives their day-to-day life.
But will it be all that? Or will it be another chance for the Supreme Court to rule against religious freedom, to state that the law in Washington is fair and just, and that the pharmacy must serve these customers despite deeply-rooted religious misgivings? The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious freedom in a number of cases over the last couple years, but things are still up in the air as to how they will rule on future cases. But the future of religious freedom in this country is at stake – there is no denying the importance of this, and other, cases.
How can this country declare that anti-religious groups have more rights than religious business owners? Too often we see atheist groups win lawsuits to take away the free practice of religion in the United States, but organizations that operate on religious grounds seem to lose out in the courtroom. There seems to be a double-standard between anti-religion and freedom of religion in this country. And when laws are passed, such as the one in Washington, which restrict the free practice of religion, that double-standard gets more defined. Only by tearing down the barriers to true religious freedom will this country once again recognize that it was founded on the principle that everyone has a right to their own religious beliefs and a right to practice those beliefs in all aspects of their life.