Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2016 / 16:36 pm
A coalition of religious and civic leaders has denounced a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which said appeals to religious freedom are usually just discrimination-in-disguise.
"We took no position on the great cultural and moral debates facing our nation, except the position that in America everyone has a voice," Dr. Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute and director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, stated of the letter that he and other leaders signed.
"Our founding generation would be scandalized that a government agency has asserted, in effect, that Americans who exercise their religious freedom are doing so with evil intent, and that the First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise of religion should be considered null and void. Every American should condemn this report," Dr. Farr continued.
In September, a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights – "Peaceful Coexistence: reconciling non-discrimination principles with religious liberties" – explored the supposed conflicts between appeals to religious freedom by churches, religious groups, and employers, and claims of discrimination by employees, customers, and other members of society.