Andrew Sullivan has spent quite a bit of time telling folks to chill on the Hobby Lobby decision. This post succinctly sums up his view: "[w]hen I see the panic and near-hysteria among some liberals in response to the Hobby Lobby ruling, I have to wonder what America they think they’re living in."
Yesterday, he asked a rather pointed question of conservatives:
It might be worth asking various figures on the evangelical right if they are outraged by the decision today by the European Court of Human Rights to uphold the French ban on the public wearing of the full-face veil:It's a question worth asking. One also wonders what conservatives will do with China's ban on fasting during Ramadan:
Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Statements posted Wednesday on websites of schools, government agencies and local party organizations in the Xinjiang region said the ban was aimed at protecting students' wellbeing and preventing use of schools and government offices to promote religion. Statements on the websites of local party organizations said members of the officially atheist ruling party also should avoid fasting.
"No teacher can participate in religious activities, instill religious thoughts in students or coerce students into religious activities," said a statement on the website of the No. 3 Grade School in Ruoqiang County in Xinjiang.
Similar bans have been imposed in the past on fasting for Ramadan, which began at sundown Saturday. But this year is unusually sensitive because Xinjiang is under tight security following attacks that the government blames on Muslim extremists with foreign terrorist ties.Nearly every conservative claims to love religious liberty. Conservatives look askance at Europe and share an particular antipathy toward the French. They also view China as a threat. (Do I really need links for those statements?)
Given this confluence, I eagerly await Mike Rounds, John Thune, Kristi Noem, Gordon Howie and conservative leaders across the state issuing condemnations of the the European court's veil decision and China's ban on fasting during Ramadan. It seems like the most consistent position they can take, so why do I believe I'll be waiting for a long time.