FACT Report: July 9, 2014

Hobby Lobby Not a ‘First Amendment’ Victory (July 9, 2014)

Christians who last week woke up to the threat to religious liberty rejoiced over the Supreme Court’s rulings for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. But they better not go back to sleep. This was not a First Amendment victory, but a victory based on a statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Thus the victory can be turned to a defeat if a simple majority of Congress, absent a Presidential veto, repeals or restricts in scope the statute’s protections 

In fact, the White House has already said that the statute needs to be fixed, and the very liberal Center for American Progress has released a legislative proposal to place “reasonable restrictions on religious liberty.” 

In other words, the battle for religious liberty is about to begin in earnest, and there will be no First Amendment safety net if we lose.

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Read David’s related commentary, Hobby Lobby Not a ‘First Amendment’ Victory

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