Time to Stop the Freakout over RFRA in Indiana

Indiana’s governor signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, and from the media and business reaction you’d have thought it heralds The End of the World We Know It. Indiana’s legalized discrimination!  Artists and companies — hurry up and boycott the state! Seriously? All this freakout over a law that’s existed at the federal level and numerous states (including that bastion of crazy conservative “thought” known as Connecticut!) for more than 20 years? And RFRA, of course, does not legalize discrimination.  It allows for an individual to obtain a…

Utah’s SB 296 Promotes a Balanced Legislative Blueprint for Balan

With the recent passage of SB 296 – an anti-discrimination bill that also provides religious protections – a piece of legislative history has been created, a blueprint and example that should be noticed nationally. In contrast to the balance that addresses the rights of parties on opposing sides of same-sex relationship issues in the bill, one of the great detriments of the left-wing political correctness that seeks to control the conversation in this country is a failure to maintain such balance when forwarding a progressive idea. Such political correctness is…

There’s Plenty of Reasons to Oppose SB 296

When you think about the biggest bills on the hill this session, the proposed non-discrimination law must immediately come to mind. This year’s incarnation has been making big waves since the LDS Church threw its weight behind it (ironically, I might add, without the cries of “separation of church and state” from the usual suspects). Even though it attempts to find a middle ground on the issue, it’s still a highly problematic bill fraught with pitfalls. I don’t think it should be passed, particularly in its current form. Reading the bill…

Utah AG didn’t tell Republican caucus not to pass SB100…? [Publius Online]

Capitol at night

To listen to Senators Jim Dabakis or Steve Urquhart, at least through the lens of the Salt Lake Tribune, you would think that Assistant Attorney General Gene Schaerr, hired just for the purpose of running the Amendment 3 case, had single handedly killed SB100 by advising legislators not to pass it. [Sen.] Jim Dabakis and Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, met with Attorney General Sean Reyes Tuesday night to voice concerns about Schaerr’s role in defeating SB100, the non-discrimination bill that Urquhart sponsored. Legislative leaders said that Schaerr, in closed-door meetings with Republicans…