Don Leadroot Presents "Religious Liberty or Religious Coercion"

Join us for a follow up discussion of the “Religious Liberty or Religious Coercion” issues.  Don Leadroot of the Columbia Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State will present a brief outline of the interplay between the

·  First Amendment,

·  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act,

·  Oregon Public Accommodation Law, and

·  Recent court cases including The Hobby Lobby and the “New Mexico Wedding Photographer” case.

Your job: Google them, bring you opinions and maybe we can come to some conclusions about religious liberty and the rights of all of us.

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  • Todd N.

    Leadroot presented a clear, concise, and cogent survey of the emerging legal landscape concerning religious liberty and religious license. I believe the Shield and Sword distinction presented at the end of the presentation is taken from a 2012 ruling by Judge Carol Jackson, a George H. W. Bush appointee to a federal court in Missouri. In the critical excerpt she wrote: "[Federal religious freedom law] is a shield, not a sword. It protects individuals from substantial burdens on religious exercise that occur when the government coerces action one’s religion forbids, or forbids action one’s religion requires; it is not a means to force one’s religious practices upon others."

    1 · June 10

  • Margaret T.

    Very informative and interesting as well as timely.

    June 9

  • Ray M.

    Will try to make it !

    June 6

  • Ray M.

    Not able to make the meeting ,

    June 3

  • John H.

    Would love to hear this presentation as it is very close to my personal hot buttons. Unfortunately, I will be in Southern California that week. Sorry I've been missing but have been traveling a lot recently. Will see you all again in a couple of months.

    May 20

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