States need RFRA matching federal model, like Texas

by Gus Reyes, Kathryn Freeman and Ferrell Foster on April 2, 2015 in CLC

The Christian Life Commission staff believes it is wise for each state to pass RFRA laws or constitutional amendments that mirror the federal RFRA language. The Texas RFRA mirrors the federal RFRA, both passed with bipartisan support and reflecting an appropriate balance between religious freedom and government interests.

The CLC is proud to have worked on passage of the Texas RFRA 16 years ago. We believe respect for religious freedom is an important part of our democracy, and separation of church and state is a foundational Baptist distinctive.

Religious freedom is not a partisan issue. We believe it is possible to respect both religious liberty and civil rights laws. We as Christians are called to be good neighbors and being a good neighbor means respecting differences.

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