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Restore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

by David French

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 to a religious-freedom crisis caused, in part, by a psychedelic drug.

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