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Shameful Strategy Against Religious Freedom in Georgia

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As the old song goes, “I’ve got Georgia on my mind.” Not only because of the many loved ones I have in the great state, but also because of the current discussion about religious liberty and the deceptive strategy that some opponents of House Bill 29, the Preventing Government Overreach on Religious Expression Act, are employing.

HB 29 is a straight forward bill that should easily be passed by the state legislature. It is most certainly not partisan legislation. After all, the federal version of the bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was introduced by then-Rep. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), a very prominent liberal figure who is now one of the most powerful Democrats in the country, and it was also supported by all representatives of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the U.S. Senate, the bill passed with similar bipartisan approval with only three senators voting against the bill–two Democrats and a Republican. It was signed by President Clinton.

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