State Policy Brief: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Family Research Council recommends and supports religious freedom restoration acts (RFRAs). These acts prohibit the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a very high bar. These legal protections have become necessary to ensure that America’s “first freedom” -- the free exercise of religion -- is sufficiently protected in every state.

Key Points:

Since 2015, 61 state RFRAs have been proposed across the nation, each requiring strict scrutiny to be applied to all laws and regulations that burden a person’s free exercise of religion.

These protections prohibit the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a very high bar.

RFRAs protect people of any and all faiths whose sincere beliefs are in danger of being unnecessarily burdened by the government.

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