WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 — Did Indiana and Arkansas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Acts permit discrimination against gays and lesbians, or were they a legitimate means to protect constitutional rights? According to Republican Govs. Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson, their states’ respective laws did not discriminate against gay individuals. However both governors signed bills to accommodate gay rights activists.
The goal of both state RFRAs was to bar state and local governments from infringing upon people’s religious beliefs without a compelling reason. But what happens when the compelling reason is to diminish religious protections based on political pressures? Whose rights are more important, and where should the state draw the line?
Some gay rights groups are now demanding that churches that do not support same-sex marriage be shut down. Has a new culture war been launched against Christianity? Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act being used as a weapon to actually discriminate against Christians instead of protecting their religious freedom from liberal intolerance?
Join Lonnie Poindexter, noted civil rights leader and host of Urban Family Talk, and New Jersey’s nationally renowned the Rev. Owen Alston, senior pastor of Harmony Ministries USA, Inc., will tackle these pressing religious freedom issues Wednesday on Standing at Freedom’s Gate.
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