Now that North Carolina has made it state law that magistrates and registers of deeds can get out of doing parts of their sworn duties due to “sincere religious beliefs,” Charlotte Observer editorial page editor Taylor Batten has a long list of duties he would like to be excused from in his job.
For instance, he’s no longer going to write editorials on Mondays, which he considers a holy day for recovery from the weekend or Fridays, which he needs to recover from the week.
Batten’s column may be intended to make light of the law before the courts get around to striking it down as absurdly unconstitutional, but it does make a very important point: If North Carolina is really going to head down this road, it could quite easily and quickly find itself on a very slippery slope.
One friend of NC Policy Watch suggests that sheriffs who have a religious objection to killing might reasonably might refuse to issue any handgun permits.
Hmmm — maybe there is something to this idea.
What part of your job would you like to be excused from due to “religious belief?
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