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Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:17 AM

 

The Big Lie The Media Tells About Indiana’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

On Friday, the Washington Post published an article titled “19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting.” The article snarks about organizations like the NCAA that have protested Indiana’s law, noting “the NCAA didn’t say it was concerned over how athletes and employees would be affected by Kentucky’s RFRA when games were played there last week.” The piece concludes “Indiana might be treated as if it’s the only state with a bill like this, but it’s not.” The piece has been shared over 75,000 times on Facebook.

The Washington Post article largely mirrors the argument advanced by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Pence claimed “Then state-Sen. Barack Obama voted for [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act]. The very same language.”

The same argument is parroted on Fox News and elsewhere.

It’s not true.

The Indiana law differs substantially from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by President Clinton in 1993, and all other state RFRAs.

There are several important differences in the Indiana bill but the most striking is Section 9. Under that section, a “person” (which under the law includes not only an individual but also any organization, partnership, LLC, corporation, company, firm, church, religious society, or other entity) whose “exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened” can use the law as “a claim or defense… regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.”

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http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/03/30/3640374/big-lie-media-tells-indianas-new-religious-freedom-law/

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stone space Mar 2015 OP
cbayer Mar 2015 #1
skepticscott Mar 2015 #2
niyad Mar 2015 #3
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rpannier Mar 2015 #5
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Response to stone space (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:30 AM

1. Excellent analysis.

Good to push back when people say it's just like the others.

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:45 AM

2. Funny how none of the usual suspects here

 

is daring to claim "this has nothing to do with religion!" and "religion is just an excuse!" when this prime example of religious nastiness is discussed.

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:58 AM

3. k and r

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 12:07 PM

4. Don't infringe on my right to stone adulterers like the Bible commands me to. n/t

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 04:11 PM

5. kick

good read
lot of good info

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Response to stone space (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 05:21 PM

6. My hope is that this Indiana overreach will lead to the eventual overturning of all RFRA...

and similar laws, both federal and state.

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Mon Mar 30, 2015, 05:33 PM

7. Kick. (nt)

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Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:30 PM

8. As usual the US lazy ass media has no freaking clue what it's talking about. Thanks for

clarification, stone space!

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