Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Workplace Religious Freedom Act - Consensus On Neither the Right Nor Left

The Missouri Valley TimesNews carries an article by First Amendment Center Senior Scholar Charles C. Haynes, For advocates of workplace religious liberty, hope springs eternal, discussing the odd partnerships created by the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (S. 677), which was recently introduced for the 7th consecutive Congress. Given that the Senate co-sponsors are on the two ideological extremes, Santorum (R- Pa) and Kerry (D - Mass), you might expect smooth sailing. But as Haynes, a supporter of the bill points out, on both sides of the spectrum there are those with doubts about the wisdom of this legislation. One of the principal objectors, the ACLU, would apparently accept a modified bill, so this is one of those pieces of legislation that may someday have a chance.

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