You, in the United States, have never experienced having anyone’s religion imposed on you. You seem to think it is fair turnabout for the Christians to have someone else’s religion imposed on them, for a change; but you, a non-Christian, have never had Christianity imposed on you.
Let’s be clear: You have lived in a country surrounded by enough Christians (taking the serious and marginal ones together as a lump) to be aware that people of a religion other than yours surrounded you. But this awareness does not constitute an imposition.
An imposition would be something along these lines: Let us say that your religion morally obligated you to consider tattoos sinful…a sort of desecration of the human body, perhaps; and unhealthy and unsafe, too, so that it wasn’t merely a personal abstention but rather the kind of thing you were morally obligated to “raise awareness about.”
Or if that’s too far-fetched, imagine that you were a vegan.
Then, suppose that your government’s elected officials and bureaucracy consist largely of persons who either sneer at your faith/morality, plus a smattering of persons who publicly identify themselves as practitioners of it but clearly aren’t. Then, suppose this government passes a law stating that you must have a set of tattoos—or else, you must eat meat, if you went with veganism—in order to own a business (or to operate a school, charity, or medical facility) of more than 50 employees.
And then, suppose that, after you made a stink about how this was forcing you to violate your conscience, the government altered the regulation in this fashion: YOU don’t actually have to get the tattoo or eat meat. But you are required to buy vouchers for tattoos/meat, even though you never plan to use them. Also, you are denied permission to compensate your employees in dollars; you must give part of their compensation in the form of these tattoo/meat vouchers. Which are, by the way, non-transferrable. Oh, and let’s add that the tattoo industry and the meat-packing and processing industries were big financial supporters of the party in control of the government when the law is passed. And let’s add that tattoos and meat are both plentiful, available nearly everywhere, inexpensive, and largely unregulated…so there’s really no plausible argument that these draconian impositions are justified by some emergency dearth of either tattoos or meat.
So if you are a business owner, or a school/charity/orphanage/hospital operator, you must either reduce your employees to less-than-50, or sell your business/charity/school/whatever (probably at fire-sale prices) to an owner who does not practice your faith or share your moral objections. A profound transfer of property begins, with all practitioners of your faith (or people who share your moral concerns) being shoved out of academia, charity work, schooling, and business ownership in favor of everyone else. There is, in effect, now a “religious test” for business ownership, for involvement in healthcare, for involvement in a vast number of industries.
Sorry, Jerry; there has been no imposition of this kind on you in your lifetime. The Know Nothings ran on a platform which paralleled this kind of thing. But in recent memory? The peyote cases for Native American tribes are perhaps the closest thing, and they were decided in favor of religious liberty.
So your “how does it feel?” question rings hollow. If the Goldman-Sachs Admini…whoops, excuse me, I meant to say, the Planned Parenthood Adm…eh, uh, sorry, I mean to say, if the Obama Administration were ever to achieve all that it desires on behalf of its big donors, we Catholics will be able to tell you what it feels like to lose freedom of conscience. But while you might express sympathy, you would be unable to identify with our situation, having had no opportunity to experience it yourself.
If they ever single out your “functional religion” (read: whatever life philosophy, cosmology, ethical guidelines, and habits of do-gooding you may have which serve for you the purposes of a religion, for I am doing you the credit of assuming that you don’t live an utterly aimless and unexamined life) for heavy financial penalties, THEN you will be able to talk about the shoe being on the other foot. Until then, if you want to know “how it feels,” you will have to ask us.