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First Liberty Briefing: Nevada Legislators Attempt to Repeal Religious Conscience Rights

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Recent news out of Carson City, Nevada reveals that some lawmakers in “The Battle Born State” have initiated legislation that would delete the state’s laws protecting the religious conscience of employers. Learn more about the proposed legislation at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

Thank you for joining us for the First Liberty Briefing, an exclusive podcast where host Jeremy Dys—also First Liberty Senior Counsel—provides an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty.

After years of litigation on the topic, it appears that some lawmakers still don’t get it.

Nevada Legislators Attempt to Repeal Religious Conscience Rights

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In 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States, in its Hobby Lobby decision declared that family owned businesses should be free to reflect the religious conscience of their owners. For the State to compel individuals to act contrary to their religious believes is a substantial burden on their religious freedom.

Nonetheless, recent news out of Carson City, NV reveals that some lawmakers in the “Battle Born State” have initiated legislation that would delete the State’s laws protecting the religious conscience of some employers. The pending legislation would force small business owners to provide abortifacients in their corporate health policies by deleting current legislative protections intended to protect religious conscience of small business owners.

Americans of goodwill can disagree with one another on matters of contraception, but we should all be in agreement that it is not the government’s job to compel the beliefs of its citizens.

As Justice Alito put it when writing for the majority in Hobby Lobby:

“In our Constitutional tradition, freedom means that all persons have the right to believe, or strive to believe, in a divine Creator and a divine law. For those who choose this course, free exercise is essential in preserving their own dignity and in striving for a self-definition shaped by their religious precepts.”

To learn how First Liberty is protecting Religious Liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

First Liberty Institute is the largest organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. Find out more here.

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