Miss. Religious Freedom Act: A 'shield to defend'

Monday, March 3, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Mississippi is considering a religious freedom bill that the Senate sponsor says is not designed to protect people of faith from any particular group.

The "Mississippi Restoration of Religious Freedom Act" has been approved by the state Senate and is on its way to the Mississippi House for consideration. Senator Phillip Gandy (R) tells OneNewsNow the measure, SB 2681, protects Christians and other faith groups from violation of their individual right of conscience.

Gandy

"But it also protects businesses," he continues. "It's not, as one person put it, it's not to be used as a sword to attack, but rather as a shield to defend. And it's not a bill that discriminates against anyone."

The Religious Freedom Act is designed to protect people of any faith group from attacks on their religious beliefs.

Sen. Gandy adds that it is not a reflection of the advances homosexual activists have made in pushing Christians into the closet.

"We are asked to be tolerant of many things," the lawmaker accounts, "and all we're asking for is some understanding and tolerance of our beliefs as well, that we would not be placed under an undue burden to do something that would violate our religious freedoms and our religious beliefs."

Now, as a House committee considers the bill, the Human Rights Campaign, the largest and most active homosexual activist group in the nation, has already issued a press release claiming the language is directed at homosexuals -- using the same false information to defeat a similar measure in Arizona.

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