Why do corporations oppose religious liberty?

Asks Andrew Klavan:

Georgia state Senator William Ligon asks but does not answer a question on today’s Wall Street Journal op-ed page: “Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?” The question is raised by the ferocious corporate response to attempts in Georgia and other states to reinforce at the state level religious protections already guaranteed by federal law. The New York Times, a former newspaper, has scurrilously and dishonestly labeled these “Anti-Gay Laws,” because they would prevent priests and pastors from being forced to perform gay marriages against their faiths and consciences.

Ligon notes that businesses have been quick to bring pressure to defeat such laws

Apparently puzzled by all this, Ligon quotes a study showing “economic competitiveness is stronger in countries with fewer government restrictions on religious liberty.” But what on earth makes him think corporations are interested in competition? Corporations and other successful businesses love big government precisely because it stifles competition. The big guys can pay lawyers to cut through government red tape while the little guy with a better idea and a cheaper price is crushed beneath taxes and regulations.

What big corporations hate is freedom of the individual conscience, internally governed families, and churches powerful enough to stand up to the make-believe righteousness of government decrees More.

Reality check: Public education inculcates the myth early that big business embodies and enshrines the values of capitalism. Actually, it is mainly small and micro business that does that.

The confusion is convenient for progressives because they can market the behaviour of big business as evidence of the failings of capitalism—often at precisely the point when the failings are due to lack of free competition. But it works because they are playing on an existing confusion. In the ideal progressive state, government and big business are indistinguishable and interchangeable. And the public never gets a straight answer, let alone input.

And certainly not the right to take their deepest values from a higher source.

See also: Belgian Catholic bishops take meaningful stand against euthanasia. They actually id something. (The reality is that most religious members of the public were raised as progressives and will not fight.)

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They only oppose religious liberty for Christians.
    These companies actively support all other religions’ liberty.

    • Not sure. Supporting religious liberty of some but not others can be a strategic way of undermining it altogether.

  • Gary

    Listen to that deafening Silence over the Homophobic Mosques that actually cite the verses from the quran that sanctions killing homosexual just like the quran used by ISIS , HAMAS , Iran and Saudi Arabia that funds close to 80% of the Mosques in the USA .

    GLADD is a gutless bigot org that only cars about gays in the USA while ISIS can toss as many queers from roof tops as they want ……Hillary and Burnie are silent as well on top of the islamic misogyny where women are flogged or stoned to death for rape and adultery.

    I no longer care about gay issues because it is a waste of my compassion on people that volunteer to be killed under shariah one day after the islamists have no more use for these jew-hating anti-god useful-idiots .