Think-tanker Joseph Backholm cites some of the absurdities and posturing in the controversy over the Indiana Religious Freedom act–such as Apple threatening to stop doing business in Indiana, while still doing business in Saudi Arabia where gays can be executed, and a governor banning state travel to Indiana even though his state has a broader Religious Freedom statute than Indiana’s.
But then he gets to the underlying issue: People have different understandings of what religious freedom means. Is it just the freedom to attend worship services? Does it just apply to internal beliefs but not to actions? Does it only apply to individuals and not to what those individuals do when they operate a business? He gets into the history of the issue and the legal precedents in a way that people on all sides of the issue need to understand. He also shows how the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has actually been used. [Read more...]