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Sep 5, 2018

Nonetheless, recent news out of Carson City, Nevada reveals that some lawmakers in “The Battle Born State” have initiated legislation that would delete the state’s laws protecting the religious conscience of employers.  Learn more about the proposed legislation at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


After years of litigation on the topic, it appears that some lawmakers still don’t get it. 

In 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States in its Hobby Lobbydecision declared that family-owned businesses should be free to reflect the religious conscience of their owners.  For the state to compel individuals to act contrary to their religious beliefs, is a substantial burden on their religious freedom.

Nonetheless, recent news out of Carson City, Nevada reveals that some lawmakers in “The Battle Born State” have initiated legislation that would delete the state’s laws protecting the religious conscience of employers.  The pending legislation would force small business owners to provide abortifacients in their corporate health policies by deleting current legislative protections intended to protect the religious conscience of small business owners.

Americans of goodwill can disagree with one another on matters of contraception.  But, we should all be in agreement that it is not the government’s job to compel the beliefs of its citizens.

As Justice Alito put it when writing for the majority in Hobby Lobby: “In our constitutional tradition, freedom means that all persons have the right to believe or strive to believe in a divine creator and a divine law.  For those who choose this course, free exercise is essential in preserving their own dignity and in striving for a self-definition shaped by their religious precepts.”

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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