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Kentucky passes religious-freedom act

March 27, 2013

Overriding Gov. Steve Beshear’s veto by overwhelming margins, the Kentucky house and senate have passed religious-freedom legislation. The Catholic Conference of Kentucky supported the measure.

The short law reads:

Government shall not substantially burden a person's freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be substantially burdened unless the government proves by clear and convincing evidence that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A "burden" shall include indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Mar. 27, 2013 10:08 AM ET USA

    The text of the law is good, but it seems that our culture follows a similar pattern with every moral issue. Compare to DOMA: A principle that used to be understood commonly is codified in law to prevent it from being eroded. Culturally, however, the principle continues to be eroded. 10-20 years later, the law is derided as discriminatory; people clamor for its repeal and courts rule against it. Unless we evangelize and teach God's law fearlessly, these man-made laws eventually will be repealed.