As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, it would normally be apropos to acknowledge Independence Day and the freedoms that it stands for. However, this year, true independence and freedom, especially bodily freedom, seems like a pipe dream following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last week and the overt dismantling of the […]
Catholic bishops will now determine the contraceptive rights of working U.S. women.
Using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Hobby Lobby case, a Michigan court allowed a religious employer to fire a transgender employee because “the Bible teaches that God creates people male or female,” and having a transgender employee “would be violating God’s law.” It’s time to repeal RFRA.
Have you been watching the legal battles over cake decorators and municipal clerks like Kim Davis who want to be able to discriminate against gay couples in the name of “religious freedom?” Now a bill has been pre-filed in Florida for the 2016 legislative session that would allow any person (or corporation) to legally discriminate in the name of their personal religion.
There is a lot of talk about how Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, like those in Indiana and Arkansas, differ from state to state and how they differ from the federal law. Debating these nuances misses the larger point: every RFRA is misguided. Religion’s interplay with the law is not always a black and white issue, […]
Finally. Finally, this country is waking up to the problems with allowing personal religious belief to trump the law. It seemed like FFRF was the only major organization actively arguing that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is unconstitutional. During the Hobby Lobby case FFRF had a few friends, SNAP, CHILD, etc. join us in arguing […]
“By enacting RFRA, Congress went far beyond what this Court has held is constitutionally required.” — Justice Samuel Alito It was all over by page 2 of the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday favoring the fundamentalist Christian owner of Hobby Lobby Stores and the Mennonite owner of Conestoga Wood Specialties. Justice Samuel Alito, joined by his […]