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…

No, Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Exempt the FLDS from Child Labor Laws

You may have seen the headlines: Using Hobby Lobby to refuse a subpoena about child labor. Judge: Hobby Lobby Decision Means Polygamus Sect Member Can Refuse to Testify in Child Labor Case. The sky is falling!  Just like Justice Ginsburg predicted it would!  I told you that Hobby Lobby was about more than just birth control!  Now those religious fanatics are using it to undermine child labor laws! Or not. It’s quite apparent that the authors of the alarmist articles haven’t bothered to read Judge Sam’s actual ruling in Perez…

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…

Corporations Aren’t People — But People Are, Even When They Act Through Corporations

The question isn’t, “Should we give corporations rights?” but rather, “Should we deny individuals rights when they act through corporations?” Yesterday, I had a discussion with a good friend about what I view as the only interesting aspect of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling — that Hobby Lobby, as a for-profit corporation, is protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). My friend’s point was this:  why should we allow someone who makes the decision to incorporate to claim both that he is not the corporation (for purposes of…

Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Why Doesn’t Utah Have One? [Publius Online]

Recently, Utah Senator Stuart Reid announced that he is working on three bills that are intended to protect religious freedoms in Utah, including implementation of a state-based version of the Religious Freedom Act.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . . .” These are the immortals words of the Declaration of Independence. They represent a declaration of eternal, universal truth, and they act as our American moral political compass. In recent weeks, the need for Utah to implement legislation commonly know as the  Religious Freedom…