Religious Exemptions Gone Wild

By Bill Maher

The Obama administration really blew it when they decided to allow a religious exemption for contraception coverage, because conservatives are now demanding religious exemptions for everything. 

Oklahoma is in an economic crisis with their state budget $1.3 billion in the red, so Republican lawmakers there got right to work with several important pieces of legislation: One, according to Reuters, was to approve a bill “that would make abortions a felony punishable by up to three years in prison for doctors who perform them” (since vetoed by the governor). And the other calls on Oklahoma’s representatives in Congress to impeach President Obama for violating good Christians’ rights to pee and change their gym shorts without any he-shes around.

“Lawmakers in the socially conservative state took up another measure on Friday that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities to segregate them from transgender students.” 

You know, because of all that stuff in the Bible forbidding hormone injections and gender-reassignment surgery. 

If, with all the problems in your state, your priorities are locking up doctors who provide reproductive healthcare services to women and impeaching the President for suggesting gender isn’t binary, aren’t you less of a political party and more of a radical religious enforcement organization?

The moral of this story: Never give an “accommodation” to religious conservatives. The whole notion of religious exemptions flies in the face of the Constitution, anyway, because once you give those with “sincerely held religious beliefs” (whatever that means) an exemption, you’re discriminating against people who don’t hold that religious belief. It’s no different than carving out an exemption for people with blue eyes.