Thursday, May 20, 2010

Attempt to Derail Religious Liberty Fails in Louisiana

Opponents of a new state religious freedom bill were unsuccessful in stopping legislation requiring government to prove a compelling reason to restrict religious expression.

-- From "Religious protection bill freed from Senate committee" by Times-Picayune Staff 5/20/10

Sen. Danny Martiny's Senate Bill 606 would prohibit government from burdening the free exercise of religion, unless it can prove "it has a compelling governmental interest." After the measure narrowly escaped a Senate committee Tuesday, the bill was redirected to a second Senate panel . . . because [of concerns] about its potential costs. But a financial analysis didn't indicate it would cost anything.

Supporters of the bill say it would combat efforts to limit religious expression, while opponents argue the measure is unnecessary and could lead to a rash of new legal disputes.

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