To permit this, would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself. The rule respondents favor would open the prospect of constitutionally required religious exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind, ranging from compulsory military service, to the payment of taxes, to health and safety regulation such as manslaughter and child neglect laws, compulsory vaccination laws, drug laws, and traffic laws; to social welfare legislation such as minimum wage laws, child labor laws, animal cruelty laws, environmental protection laws, and laws providing for equality of opportunity for the races.
Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the minority in the Hobby Lobby case.
Oh wait, that’s wrong. It’s Scalia writing for the majority in a case involving the religious right of native Americans to use peyote. Seem Nino believes one thing when the plaintiffs aren’t Christian and the exact opposite when they are.
Conservatives used to complain that gays wanted “special rights” when they talked about discrimination and marriage equality — as if having the same rights applied equally across the board was some sort of special exemption for gays.
Yet here they are, demanding — and getting — special rights for themselves.
But then again, hypocrisy has never been an obstacle to conservatives.