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Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:31 PM

Religious Freedom Act in Kansas Legislature draws praise, criticism

By Adam Strunk
Eagle Topeka bureau
Published Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at 10:28 p.m

Proponents say the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act would protect Kansansí right to practice their religion. Opponents see it as an open door to discrimination and lawsuits.

The bill, HB 2260, will have a hearing before the state House Judiciary Committee this morning. It would prohibit state institutions from curtailing or denying a personís exercise of religion, unless government has a compelling reason to do so.

It also would allow people to sue state institutions and local governments for infringing on their religious freedom.

Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, who introduced the bill, said it seeks to make sure Kansansí religious beliefs are respected.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/02/13/2215085/religious-freedom-act-in-kansas.html

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rug Feb 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Feb 2012 #1
rug Feb 2012 #4
benld74 Feb 2012 #2
Goblinmonger Feb 2012 #3
dmallind Feb 2012 #5
MuseRider Feb 2012 #6
MuseRider Feb 2012 #7
rug Feb 2012 #8

Response to rug (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:42 PM

1. What are your feelings on this??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:56 PM

4. I have to compare it with the RFRA first.

"Kinzer also said the bill would work to restore a federal law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, to the state level.

"The Supreme Court had ruled in 1997 that the law applied only at the federal level. That law has similar language to the current bill."

I don't like to give reflexive answers.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:44 PM

2. Per usual - Whats the matter with Kansas?

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Response to rug (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:48 PM

3. Yeah this is about "religious freedom" alright.

The freedom for god-fearing christians to do what they want. I'm guessing the law will not be interpreted so favorably to protect the godless and muslims and jews and.....

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Response to rug (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:57 PM

5. Hmmm what we have here is a "Nomel" test

Give this about three minutes even with this SCOTUS. Unless of course they just say "yes, and preventing establishment is always a compelling reason", leaving us precisely as is.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 04:18 PM

6. We successfully got it stalled last year.

This year it is worse. Effective as of July 1 (I think that is the date) any institution in this state that takes tax money can be sued by anyone who thinks their inclusive anti discrimination policies hurts them because of their religion. It is specifically targeted at LGBT inclusion. This will wipe out any inclusion in any city that has it, any school system, any of the universities etc. It is a very very bad bill. I am on pins and needles waiting to hear what happens. The secretaries were laughing when I called, apparently both sides were mobilized. Even emails did not get through. We did our work, we have done our homework, our executive director is making a very well done statement but in the end it will be what this committee decides and there is really no doubt if it makes it to the floor for a vote it will pass.

It is a bash the gays bill. Lance Kinzer was livid last year when we managed to get it blocked. It was renewed by Democrat Jan Pauls. It was still blocked.

The odd thing is that our polling shows that the majority of Kansas does not want this. The only poll that showed they were against was should we allow marriage equality. Our legislators and our governor do not care, they do not like the gays and want to stop all the progress we have made here.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 09:47 PM

7. Update

no action was taken on the bill today. I believe they are going to have to make it more specific. It will be back.

http://cjonline.com/news/2012-02-14/religious-freedom-bill-evokes-contrary-views

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 09:53 PM

8. Thanks for the update.

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