RFRA: Gay discrimination or religious freedom?

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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.

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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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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.