Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Let’s hope their governor doesn’t veto it like Jan Brewer in Arizona did her state’s similar law recently.

JACKSON, Miss. – Lawmakers in Mississippi passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that allows for residents of faith to legally challenge state actions that place a substantial burden on their free exercise of religion.

“State action or an action by any person based on state action shall not burden a person’s right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability,” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SB 2681, reads, adding that the only exception is if the action has a compelling government interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering the interest.

The free exercise of religion is defined in the bill as “the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one’s sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”