ADF to Congress: Laws protecting religious freedom must be safeguarded

ADF attorney to testify Friday before US House subcommittee
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Attorney sound bite:  Gregory S. Baylor

WHO: ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor
WHAT: Testimony on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. EST
WHERE: U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice; Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141; 45 Independence Ave. SW; Washington; or watch live video feed

WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor will testify Friday before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice chaired by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). Baylor will speak on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and the increasing need to protect the two laws from any attempts to weaken them.

“Americans must defend our God-given freedoms against those who would seek to take them away,” said Baylor. “That is why a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations labored to restore adequate legal protection for religious freedom by enacting RFRA. Congress must resist any attempts to weaken this law and all efforts to undermine this freedom.”

RFRA prohibits the federal government from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion without a compelling justification. It passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Currently, 31 states have protections of religious exercise similar to RFRA.

RLUIPA protects religious freedom in the land use and prison contexts. It built on RFRA and became federal law in 2000.
 
  • ADF testimony before U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (2015-02-13)

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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