Arkansas Takes a Stand; Signs Law to Protect Religious Liberty

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The State of Indiana has been under a firestorm of ignorant based hate and backlash after Governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Driven by inaccurate reporting by leftist news outlets and unfair criticism from those either ignorant of what the law says or choosing to twist it, not only have governors of liberal states banned state-funded travel to Indiana, even the CEO of Apple, the NCAA, and expressing their concerns accusing the law of doing something that it does not do; that is allow for discrimination based on sexuality.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The fact is, prior to Indiana signing RFRA into law, 19 other states have similar laws and in 1993 then President Democrat President Bill Clinton signed a similar federal law into existence. Some of the biggest critics of the Indiana law, including Senator Chuck Schumer and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, signed the law into existence at the federal level in 1993. Barack Obama even voted in favor of a similar law in Illinois. Still, the backlash faced by Indiana has been fierce. But, that hasn’t stopped another state legislature from passing their own law today in order to protect religious freedom.

Fox News reports that Arkansas has passed a religious freedom bill that Governor Asa Hutchinson said he would sign into law. The bill “prohibits the state and local governments from infringing on a person’s religious beliefs without a “compelling” interest.”

Fury over the protection of First Amendment right to religious freedom has already begun to hit the state and its elected officials. The state and country’s largest private employer Walmart is reportedly pressuring the governor to veto the bill. Protesters have also been gathered at the state capitol this week.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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