As someone who just broke his Day of Atonement fast with a turkey meal at the Village Kitchen--yum, yum--this is disconcerting. (Twenty-five hours without food or drink is tough.)
Bandow's point is, I think, irrefutable. Without a First Amendment protecting religious expression, the secular bigots take over. What he fails to do, however, is to link liberals' hatred of traditional religious belief--usu. Christian--that condemns homosexual practices. As Lawrence Auster has written, it all comes down to homosexuality.
Bandow, who worked in the Reagan White House and has a law degree from Stanford, is too nice & sensitive to make that connection--lots of gays at Cato, including its vice president--although his examples show it to be true. And Bandow's examples are truly chilling.
Far more serious are direct government attacks on basic expressions of faith. For instance, the committee pointed to the case of a long-time employee of a public housing agency who was demoted and threatened for questioning same-sex marriage on his personal Facebook page. A street preacher was arrested and charged with a hate crime for saying that homosexuality was a sin. A businessman was detained and questioned by the police for displaying Bible verses viewed as "homophobic."As a side note, I'm currently holding in my hands Bandow's 1990 book, a collection of his op-eds, is a tour de force of libertarian perspective, packed with forceful reasoning and vivid examples. I'll always cherish The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington.