New York values, anyone?

In last week’s Republican debate a furor developed over Senator Ted Cruz’s comments on “New York Values.” “Everybody understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal and pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage,” Senator Cruz said. “And focus on money and the media. Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,” he concluded. “I’m just saying.” The remarks were intended to reflect on Donald Trump’s New York City roots, questioning his true commitment to more conservative values and positions in his campaign. What the comments actually did was…

Hobby Lobby and its Aftermath: What Will RFRA Do Next? [Hub Debate]

Now that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, people are wondering a few things: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? ŸWhy do we have RFRA? What does RFRA cover? What are the limits of free exercise of religion under RFRA? These are all great questions because most people have never heard of RFRA, and why should they have? It is an obscure federal law concerning religious freedom. And how many rational people read any of the tens-of-thousands of federal laws…