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Who Cares About Religious Freedom?

Well, if you do, be aware that the U.S.Commission on Civil Rights is holding a hearing tomorrow on recent developments involving the intersection of religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Commission’s headquarters located at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington (11th floor).

Witnesses will address, among other things, the HHS mandate, as well as a host of other religious-liberties concerns.

The hearing is open to the public. Seating is limited. Members of the public are also invited to submit comments on the HHS mandate and other religious freedom issues until April 21 by sending them to the above address or emailing them to publiccomments@usccr.gov. Note that there’s no page limit on comments — they may range from a paragraph to a treatise (the commission has already received more pre-hearing comments on this issue than for any other hearing in more than a decade).

This may be one of the few opportunities members of the public will have to address comments on the above topics to an agency of the federal government. If you attend, be sure to say hello to the friendly Klingon on the far right (naturally) of the commission panel.

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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