If that isn’t bad enough, Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, told The Daily Beast that conservative district attorneys in two Georgia counties oppose the bill because it would give child abusers and wife beaters a religious defense:
We have found cases where people used their religious views as an excuse to impede an investigation into child-endangerment and child-abuse charges. They were not ultimately successful, but they did slow down the investigations. [Source]
With this bill, that will become more of an issue. Think about it; the law defines religious exercise as anything that is practiced by their religion, so a man can say he abused his wife and children because the Bible says its allowed.
The Bible makes it clear that women are supposed to serve their husbands:
Ephesians 5:22-24: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
He just has to say that he was disciplining his unsubmissive wife. He was practicing his freedom of religion!
What about child abuse? That’s okay too:
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