We live in a country that has a rich history of accommodating religious beliefs of all kinds.
It really isn’t an “either/or” way of seeing things. Jesus calls on us to be tolerant and to love. Wisdom for our elected officials and judges should lean in that direction.
There are hard cases of religious conscience, and then there are easy ones. When the government has lots of ways to govern without trampling religious belief, it should be an easy case. We saw one last week when a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Dordt College and other religious nonprofit organizations trying to follow their faith. These groups can’t participate in a web of government regulations that would provide life-terminating drugs to their employees. So the ministries must choose to violate their faith or violate the law, to the tune of millions in Internal Revenue Service fines.