October 07, 2017

Robert Destro, director, Institute for Policy Research, and professor, law, and Mark Rienzi, professor, law, were quoted in a Catholic News Agency story on new religious freedom protections.

...It states that “Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. It also encompasses religious observance and practice.” The guidance is significant and establishes solid protections for religious freedom at the federal level, Professor Robert Destro of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law told CNA. “We’ve never had anything this far-reaching before,” he said, noting that the guidance puts religious freedom on the level of freedom of speech. It also takes principles of religious freedom and applies them to many federal levels, Destro said. ...

... “14 or 15 months later” after the Supreme Court asked for a solution, “what we see today is really the resolution of that process,” Rienzi said. With the HHS announcement, the government now “admits the prior version of the mandate broke the law,” Rienzi said, referring to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ...

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