With less than two weeks until the start of legislative session, faith leaders across diverse denominations are uniting, once again, in opposition to Georgia’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), legislation that would allow religious exemptions from laws and could have sweeping unintended consequences that leave thousands of Georgians vulnerable to discrimination.
Since its introduction, religious leaders have avidly opposed RFRA, petitioning lawmakers and hosting press conferences at the Capitol to voice their dissent and explain that they object to RFRA because of their faiths—not in spite of them.
Now, hundreds of faith leaders have pledged to oppose RFRA and help keep state-sanctioned discrimination out of Georgia. The pledge reads, in part:
As clergy and civil rights leaders, we are concerned to hear that some elected Georgia officials continue to push RFRA, a vague and broad religious exemptions bill that could result in discrimination and have many unintended consequences.
As faith leaders from diverse traditions, we believe freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, but religious freedom does not give any of us the right to harm or exclude others.
As Georgia Voice reporter Patrick Saunders writes in his most recent coverage of the faith community’s stance on RFRA: Their opposition to the religious exemptions legislation suggests it is “less about religious liberty and more about discrimination.”
Despite strong push-back from religious leaders as well as major players in the business community, some lawmakers are plowing forward with efforts to pass the discriminatory religious exemptions bill this session.SHARE THIS STORY