By Chris Buttars
Utah State Senator, District 10
Little by little, over the last 200 years or so, a cloak has been pulled over the First Amendment, masking it’s guarantee that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
I think it is time to pull back that shroud and carefully re-assert the vision established by our founders. As Lisa wrote in today’s Deseret Morning News
, I am introducing legislation which will take a small step toward restoring the unalienable rights of freedom of expression and freedom of religion.This bill puts Government out of the business of prohibiting religious expression.
The only situation in which the government will be allowed to ban religious expression will be to further a compelling government interest using the least restrictive means possible. You can read the 2-page text here:
The Free Exercise of Religious Expression without Government Interference
This is, essentially, a mini-Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), carefully crafted with the Supreme Court’s 1993 decision in mind. Similar acts have passed in 13 states. It's a good bill. I have confidence it will pass the legislature and be upheld by any court in America.
Thanks for reading. I’d appreciate your thoughtful input.