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30 March 2015

Sifting Through the Bile & Rhetoric: What Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act REALLY Say?

Over the past several weeks, months even, a lot of vicious vitriol and rhetoric has been flying from people on both sides of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) debate.

WSB Radio talk show host Erick Erickson accused those who opposed RFRA of "selling out our Lord for 30 pieces of silver' [Erickson (27 March 2015). Christians Stabbed in the Back by Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard. RedState. Retrieved on 30 March 2015.].

The liberals over at BlueNationReview have declared Georgia's anti-LGBT "Right to Discriminate" bill just as bad as the one Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law.

Does the Georgia version of RFRA legalize discrimination?

Could a private business owner, who believes gays and lesbians are a plague upon all the houses of man, refuse service to gays and lesbians while claiming he has a right to do so under RFRA?

Georgia Unfiltered wanted to sift through all the bile being spewed forth to see what the Georgia RFRA (Senate Bill 129) actually says. We also wanted to compare it to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, (Public Law 103-141) passed in 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.

We asked an attorney to do a side-by-side comparison of the two measures, and we present that today without any additional commentary so that everyone can have the facts.

Federal and Georgia RFRA Comparison