Apr 02, 2015

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement today on the religious freedom legislation in Indiana and Arkansas:

“The Religious Right has tried in two states to weaponize the concept of religious freedom.

"The Indiana legislature has improved their bill somewhat, but we still don’t believe these nondiscrimination provisions go far enough. Yet, the Religious Right greeted these new but limited protections as though they’re a harbinger of the apocalypse.

"Meanwhile, in Arkansas, legislators claim to have fixed their RFRA by having it mirror the federal version. Because the Supreme Court reinterpreted the law so drastically in Hobby Lobby, it could allow discrimination and undermine civil rights.

"These bills have nothing to do with religious freedom.”