Mandated Clergy Training
This is a big problem. The state of Illinois has no business requiring clergy to do anything. It is easy to see how a precedent like this could lead to additional mandates that would pit secular values and beliefs against orthodox Christian values and teachings. What is to prevent the state from mandating other types of training such as sensitivity-training toward sexually immoral lifestyles?
Under the Act, clergy is defined as any "practitioner of any religious denomination accredited by the religious body to which he or she belongs." This language is broad enough to include elders, deacons, and even school teachers in some denominations.
Setting aside the laudable intentions of this proposal, we cannot emphasis enough just how dangerous this precedent is to religious liberty and the rights of conscience.
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