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Charlotte Observer editor wants in on Senate Bill 2 law; What about you?

Charlotte Observer editorial page editor Taylor Batten.

Charlotte Observer editorial page editor Taylor Batten.

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?

3 Comments


  1. emma

    June 15, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I would like to be exempted from being required to open life-destroying usurious credit cards. It is a bigger part of your evaluation than sales in most retail stores.

  2. John

    June 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    As an educator, I’d like to not have to work 50-60 hours a week without overtime pay. Also, I’d like to be able to form a union and bargain collectively. That’s against my religion, as freedom of expression is one of its cornerstones. Ironically, it’s also in the first amendment to this country’s constitution.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    June 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Maybe he can get his bosses to agree to some of his terms like the magistrates have been fortunate to have. I for one would be glad to have all the editorials of all the faux journalists of the major papers in the state take a day off every day. They rarely have anything worth reading, as evidenced by their precipitous fall offs in readership over the years. Seems like the people are voting with their pocketbooks that they do not like the tired old failed progressive views espoused by the editorials.

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