Magazine April 21, 2014, Issue

Restore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

(Darren Gygi)
The Left now hates the liberty it helped preserve

‘It is perhaps not too hyperbolic to suggest that in the history of the republic, there has rarely been a bill which more closely approximates motherhood and apple pie. . . . . In fact, I know, at least so far, of no one who opposes the legislation.”

With these words, the late Representative Stephen Solarz (D., N.Y.) described the unstoppable legislative train that was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Passed in 1993 with a voice vote in the Democratic-controlled House and by a 97–2 majority in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and signed by Bill Clinton, RFRA was a bipartisan response

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Features

Politics & Policy

Maneuver Warfare

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Lawless

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Sections

The Long View

From the MSNBC Archives . . .

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Athwart

Too Darn Hot

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

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Politics & Policy

Letters

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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