Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stirring The Pot On RFRA

Trying to end this subject, but yet another short piece in Reason magazine by Jacob Sullum on the Indiana fiasco. It includes this quote:

"But University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, an expert on religious liberty who supports gay marriage but is sympathetic to the claims of conscientious objectors who do not want to facilitate it, notes that "nobody has ever won a religious exemption from a discrimination law under a RFRA standard." Laycock hopes that people who run "very small businesses providing wedding services or marital counseling services" can use laws like Indiana's to avoid being conscripted into work that violates their religious beliefs. But he says he is "not optimistic," noting that "so far, the religious claimants have lost all of those cases."

Which raises the point someone else asked in the comments: What is the purpose of the law if it won't protect anyone's religious freedom?


At 2:59 PM, Anonymous A Guy said...

Umm, posturing?

"See what a badass I am," says the candidate to his/her followers. "I'll take a principled stand even when it's meaningless, and by the way if you own a small business you may actually lose money 'cause nobody's gonna' come to Indiana/Arkansas/Timbuktu and spend money in your shop/restaurant/gas station."

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Let Them Eat Cupcakes!


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