Just weeks ago, Arizona became the latest state to knuckle under to anti-faith forces allied with the homosexual agenda when the governor vetoed a perfectly good bill that a diverse group of law professors agree would have strengthened religious freedom for the citizens of that state. Mississippi is their next target. Will you stand with our Mississippi brothers and sisters in the faith?
Over two decades ago, Congress passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)-passed unanimously by the U.S. House, 97-3 by the Senate, and signed into law by President Clinton in 1993. In 1996 the U.S. Supreme Court held in City of Boerne v. Flores that the federal RFRA's protections do not apply to state and local regulations. Since then, eighteen states responded by passing laws modeled after the federal RFRA. Mississippi has not yet passed such a law preventing government discrimination against religious exercise, but it is under consideration now and it is already under attack.
Whether you live in state or not, you can stand in solidarity with the effort by signing the "Letter from Pastors and Leaders to State Legislators." Mississippi legislators are already hearing from the same sort of shrill and irrational crowd that shouted down good faith efforts in Arizona. For evidence, I offer a Letter sent by 350 or so liberal pastors and leaders from all over the country, who apparently agree with elements of the homosexual agenda, some of whom are aligned with liberal financier George Soros. In it, they liken RFRA legislation to Jim Crow laws, which is absolutely ridiculous. Worse than that, it is downright deceptive.
Should we allow voices such as these to sway these legislators without a rational response from those who stand to lose the most when religious liberty is threatened? I hope not. So I encourage you to stand in unity with people of faith in Mississippi, who deserve to be protected from being bullied and harassed because of their deeply held beliefs. Please join the leaders listed below in signing onto this Letter to State Legislators.