As states seek to pass religious liberty legislation to reinforce the fundamental principles that protect freedom for all people, including for-profit companies, many of the media moguls are making outlandish statements that are simply untrue. It is time for truth to dominate the national conversation once again. It is critical we understand what is at stake, why it matters and what to stand for.
Ryan T. Anderson, a William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation, provides a cogent rebuttal to a recent headline in the New York Times that calls religious liberty legislation “a license to discriminate.” Read the full article.
Congressman Trent Franks, Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee and co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress, released the following statement regarding the recent controversy surrounding Arizona’s desire to clarify their standing Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
“To quote a letter sent to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer by a bipartisan panel of legal scholars from wide-ranging political and religious backgrounds …‘S.B. 1062 does not say that businesses can discriminate for religious reasons. It says that business people can assert a claim or defense under the existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act in any kind of judicial proceeding (discrimination cases are not even mentioned, although they would be included), that they have the burden of proving a substantial burden on a sincere religious practice, that the government or the person suing them has the burden of proof on compelling government interest, and that the state courts in Arizona make the final decision.’”
“S.B. 1062, which weighs in at barely two pages long, is a very simple clarification of an already existing Arizona law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The legislation reaffirms the basic principle that the fundamental rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion do not stop at the exit door of your local church, and instead extend to every area of life.” Read Press Release