The New Definition of Religious Discrimination
The current Supreme Court has gone out of its way to accommodate people that seek an exemption in the name of faith to nearly any law. It has held that their radical interpretation of the 1st Amendment trumps any law not enshrined in the Constitution – including rights to contraception, abortion, and nondiscrimination based on race, sex, gender, religion, or disability.
This is resulting in the most expansive definition of freedom of religion that has ever existed. Instead of being a shield for people of minority faiths, it has become a sword in the hands of the majority faith.
As Arizona conservatives seem poised to consider a major expansion of religious exemptions laws next session, Secular AZ volunteer attorney Beth Houck has penned a detailed breakdown of how we got to this point and what will happen if we don’t take action to stop these laws from passing.