Religous Freedom? Reigious Discrimintation? The Dabate Rages On!

Posted on May 2, 2015 by

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INDIANA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Abstract: Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana recently signed into law their version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Since the news of this new bill broke out countless groups religious and other alike have been at an uproar protesting against it. The original RFRA was passed federally by president Bill Clinton in 1993 and since then other states have passed their own. What makes Indiana’s different from others states is the way the bill is written since it differs from the original.

Here’s the text of the Federal RFRA:

Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person—

(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and

(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

Here is the text of Indiana’s RFRA:

A governmental entity may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if the governmental entity demonstrates that application of the burden to the person: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

Many say that’s enough to discriminate, some say it makes no different.

Further Reading:

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/01/religious-groups-protest-rfra_n_6986002.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/28/disciples-of-christ-lgbt-indiana_n_6955558.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/26/indiana-governor-mike-pence-anti-gay-bill_n_6947472.html

The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/what-makes-indianas-religious-freedom-law-different/388997/

NBC

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/indiana-religious-freedom-law-what-you-need-know-n332491

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/03/indiana-rfra-changes-made-its-damage-control-time/70873578/

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