Why is religion a protected class?

Dark Skies Episode 01 (14:23)

I’m currently listening to Chris Lester’s Metamor City novel Making The Cut. One of the central plot points involves a woman being placed in a double bind because of her religion and it’s pointed out how it’s not fair that she must choose that or life for her and her baby. Choose is the operative word there. Religion is a voluntary choice that we make, unlike all of the other protected classes in our society.

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So what makes it so special? Are we afraid of what the kooky people might do if we *didn’t* protect them? Or is it similar to a blue law in that it once served a function but is no longer needed? It seems completely illogical to me. Not that anything about religion has ever been all that logical, but laws generally purport to be.

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