State of Religious Liberty, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice of the Committee of the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 16, 2017   [open pdf - 1MB]

This hearing compilation is from the February 16, 2017 hearing "State of Religious Liberty in America" before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. From the statement of Hannah Smith: "Today, I'd like to illuminate the state of religious liberty in America through the prism of recent cases to focus on two principles. The first principle is that government must provide equivalent legal protections to religious groups when it provides those same protections to secular groups. The second principle is that religious organizations that perform so much of our country's charitable works should not be discriminated against merely because of their religious status. [...] Becket applauds Congress's commitment to the principle that religious liberty is fundamental to freedom and to human dignity, and that protecting the religious rights of others--even the rights of those with whom we may disagree--ultimately leads to greater protections for all of our rights." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kim Colby, Hannah Smith, David Saperstein, and Casey Mattox.

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