The (Very) Liberal History of the RFRA


CONSTITUTION THURSDAY



St. Peter's Church, Boerne, Texas

This Church in Boerne, TX is why Indiana passed it’s version of the RFRA

In Indiana, controversy reigns over the State’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, with accusations flying that it will allow rampant discrimination against gay people. So why did Indiana feel the need to pass such a law in the first place? What was it that compelled a Democrat Party controlled Congress to pass the first Religious Freedom Restoration Act by a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives and a 97-3 vote in the Senate, before being signed by President Bill Clinton? And if the nations liberals saw good in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, what is it about Indiana’s version that has them so worked up?

In this episode we take a look at the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and how we got to the point where Indiana (and a lot of other States) felt compelled to pass such a law.

The story begins in the migrant worker farmed fields of Texas in the 1930’s, with a child born to migrant farm workers who will go on to fight for Civil rights and to freely express his religious beliefs…

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Posted on April 2, 2015, in News & Notes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Fun fact: without these laws, the Westboro Baptist Church could go around demanding gays and other people cater their church events and then sue them for discrimination when they refuse!

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