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Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Religious Freedom Bill SB 2681, Gov. Phil Bryant Will Sign
Christian Post ^ | 04/03/2014 | Leonardo Blair

Posted on 04/03/2014 1:45:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Mississippi lawmakers in both chambers of the legislature passed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 2681) Tuesday. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has said he will sign the bill. When it becomes law it will prohibit the state from taking action that "burden" a citizen's right to religious exercise. LGBT activists have attacked the bill as discriminatory.

The legislation was approved in the Mississippi House with a 78-43 vote and was approved in the Senate with a wide majority, according to BuzzFeed.

A copy of the bill defines "burden" as "any action that directly or indirectly constrains, inhibits, curtails or denies the exercise of religion by any person or compels any action contrary to a person's exercise of religion."

This burden includes, but is not limited to, "withholding benefits, assessing criminal, civil or administrative penalties or exclusion from governmental programs or access to governmental facilities."

The ACLU of Mississippi reacted to the passage of the bill in a release Tuesday calling it "a controversial law" that "could open the door to discrimination against any group based on religious objections."

After SB 2681 is signed into law by Gov. Bryant it will become effective July 1, 2014.

"We remain hopeful that courts throughout the state will reject any attempts to use religion to justify discrimination," said Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of the ACLU of Mississippi. "Nobody should be refused service because of who they are."

The organization highlighted the rejection of similar legislation in states like Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Ohio and most recently, Arizona's SB 1062, which was rejected by that state's Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Feb. 26.

"Even though the Mississippi legislature removed some of the egregious language from Arizona's infamous SB 1062, we are disappointed that it passed this unnecessary law and ignored the national, public outcry against laws of this nature," said Eunice Rho, advocacy and policy counsel with the ACLU. "We will continue to fight in state legislatures across the country to ensure that religious freedom remains a shield, not a sword."

In a statement reported by BuzzFeed Tuesday morning, the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara charged that the bill will hurt the LGBT community.

"Senate Bill 2681 would promote discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families in Mississippi," said Ferrara. "As a minister, it's clear that this extreme bill is about legalizing discrimination, not protecting religious freedom. Furthermore the broad implications of this bill could result in discrimination aimed toward many communities."

The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, however, praised the passage of the bill as a victory for the First Amendment.

"This is a victory for the First Amendment and the right to live and work according to one's conscience. This commonsense measure was a no-brainer for freedom, and like the federal [Religious Freedom Restoration Act], it simply bars government discrimination against religious exercise. The legislature gave strong approval to a bill that declares that individuals do not have to trade their religious freedom for entrance into public commerce," he noted in his daily e-blast.

"I commend Mississippi legislators for reading the bill and consulting the facts and not yielding to the wild distortions of the frenzied opposition of anti-religious liberty activists who caused other elected officials to retreat in recent weeks," he noted.

Republican Speaker of the Mississippi House, Philip Gunn, said in a press release the legislation is "responsible," and noted that it also includes language that adds "In God We Trust" on the Great Seal of the state of Mississippi.

"The RFRA language in this conference report is responsible and narrow in focus," said Gunn. "The goal of the House, from the beginning, has been to craft language that protects the religious freedoms for all and prevents discrimination against anyone. This RFRA language is virtually the same language passed in 1993 by Congress.

"It passed the United State House of Representatives on a unanimous voice vote, passed the United States Senate 97-3, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton," he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: homosexuality; mississippi; philbryant
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Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Religious Freedom Bill SB 2681, Gov. Phil Bryant Will Sign; Gay Activists Call it Discriminatory

[My take: Judge will rule it unconstitutional and void it ]. We've seen this movie before...

1 posted on 04/03/2014 1:45:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitt Romney tweeted against a similar bill in Arizona and John McCain joined loudly in the chorus that supported Governor Jan Brewer in vetoing it.

Any chorus here from the GOPe.

The courts will step in eventually I would suspect.


2 posted on 04/03/2014 1:47:47 PM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Nextrush

RE: The courts will step in eventually I would suspect.

Yep. In 21st century America, the people have allowed one judge sitting on the bench to override the legislature and the will of the people in referendums.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 1:50:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am very wary of the Christian Post as a source


4 posted on 04/03/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind; WKB; Black Agnes; houeto; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; LibLieSlayer; ...
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Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Religious Freedom Bill SB 2681,
Gov. Phil Bryant Will Sign;
Gay Activists Call it Discriminatory




PROUD Magnolia State PING!

5 posted on 04/03/2014 1:57:44 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

LGBT activists oppose this, tells you all we really need to know about these SAD, SAD People.


6 posted on 04/03/2014 1:59:38 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: GeronL
I am very wary of the Christian Post as a source

So am I. They use "Christian" like a sheeps skin.

7 posted on 04/03/2014 2:02:12 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s talk just to the south of me in Maryland of a country commissioner praying in defiance of a federal judge’s order at public meetings.

The athiests want a contempt ruling with fines in the matter.

We’ll see how far that goes?????


8 posted on 04/03/2014 2:04:30 PM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: fwdude

Apparently their foreign versions are very leftist according to something I read on FR the other day


9 posted on 04/03/2014 2:06:05 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure local media will repeat the gay talking points like they did for the TN version of this bill.

Glad that in MS the first amendment is respected by the state legislature and they don’t collapse like a wet noodle in the face of criticism by those hostile to Christians.


10 posted on 04/03/2014 2:12:33 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: GeronL

RE: I am very wary of the Christian Post as a source

They can’t lie on this news even if they wanted to.

Here are others reporting the same thing:

Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-mississippi-religious-freedom-bill-20140402,0,4307921.story

Mississippi Business Journal

http://msbusiness.com/blog/2014/04/02/legislators-approve-final-version-religious-practices-bill/

New American:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/17976-mississippi-lawmakers-pass-important-religious-freedom-bill

Washington Blade

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/04/01/mississippi-legislature-approves-turn-away-gays-bill/

Buzzfeed:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tonymerevick/mississippi-approves-religious-freedom-bill-governor-expecte


11 posted on 04/03/2014 2:22:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind

Call me nuts, but I thought it was already illegal to deny services based on religion.


12 posted on 04/03/2014 2:44:35 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

RE: Call me nuts, but I thought it was already illegal to deny services based on religion.

Can you cite any Federal law that says that?


13 posted on 04/03/2014 2:45:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
... LGBT activists have attacked the bill as discriminatory.

As a consequence of the parents of LGBT activist evidently not making sure that their children were taught about 10th Amendment protected state powers versus constitutionally enumerated rights, misguided LGBT activists unsurprisingly do not understand the following.

Regardless of PC, pro-gay interpretations of the 14th Amendment's (14A) Equal Protections Clause, the states have never amended the Constitution to expressly protect so-called gay rights. This is evidenced by the Supreme Court's decision in Minor v. Happersett which clarified that 14A added no new constitutional protections.

“3. The right of suffrage was not necessarily one of the privileges or immunities of citizenship before the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that amendment does not add to these privileges and immunities. It simply furnishes additional guaranty for the protection of such as the citizen already had (emphasis added).” —Minor v. Happersett, 1874.

So the states are free to make laws which discriminate on the basis of anything not expressly protected by the Constitution, PC gay "rights" for example, as long as such laws don't also unreasonably abridge enumerated protections such as 1st Amendment-protected religious rights.

14 posted on 04/03/2014 2:48:09 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: SeekAndFind

Just the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 2:51:48 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes! SCREW YOU, BREWER!


16 posted on 04/03/2014 2:58:36 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this the same measure that that silly governor of AZ was afraid to sign?


17 posted on 04/03/2014 3:06:49 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.

Yes, very similar. That’s why the homos are up in arms against it.


18 posted on 04/03/2014 3:08:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

RE: Just the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act.

I can cite the first amendment and the bill of rights.

Which one came first?


19 posted on 04/03/2014 3:09:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind
I assume all Black Democrats in the state legislature voted against it, like good little liberals?

After all, nobody wants to be an "uncle tom" like all those folks in Africa.

20 posted on 04/03/2014 3:17:16 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: onyx

Fantastic! Thanks for the ping. Now, if we can just get past the “Black-Robed Tyrants”.


21 posted on 04/03/2014 4:29:19 PM PDT by houeto (Rand Paul, the NEW face of Establishment Republicanism!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thad Cochran said what?


22 posted on 04/03/2014 5:19:15 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Vote McDaniel June 3rd Mississippi!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Nobody should be refused service because of who they are.”

What utter bullcrap.


23 posted on 04/03/2014 5:20:51 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: sickoflibs; Viennacon; Impy; BillyBoy

the arizona religious liberty bill done right in ms.


24 posted on 04/04/2014 5:16:51 PM PDT by yongin
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To: yongin; Viennacon; Impy; BillyBoy; NFHale; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Liz
RE :”the arizona religious liberty bill done right in ms.”

Thanks for the ping. Great news!

Sounds like it didn't bring down the corporate firestorm on the state as AZ’s did.

On a similar subject, Meg-babe Kelly just did a segment on how Mozilla fired their CEO because way back in 2008 he publicly supported a ban on same-sex marriage.

A liberal dating site redirected their traffic to a page that attacked Mozilla when Firefox was used, and the coward board stabbed him in the back. .

25 posted on 04/04/2014 6:29:34 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: sickoflibs

Firefox will suffer as a result. Great news from Mississippi though. Should they elect McDaniel to the senate, it will have been a great year from the usually sleepy Magnolia State!


26 posted on 04/04/2014 6:30:47 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon; yongin; Impy; BillyBoy; NFHale; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Liz
RE :”Firefox will suffer as a result.”

We will see.

Conservative(owned) websites need to pull the same trick on Firefox as that lib site did on it.

Hopefully there are enough of them that do it that it causes them lots pain.

27 posted on 04/04/2014 6:34:15 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: SeekAndFind

The “Bill of Rights” consists of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Thus the first amendment was activated at the same time as the Bill of Rights.


28 posted on 04/18/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT by ocrt
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