On Sunday, May 31st, at 5:00 p.m. in the Murchison Chapel, University of Texas Research Scientist and seminarian Adama Brown and attorney Mark Morris will present an overview of federal and state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.
There has been significant debate in the media, in society, and in churches in the last few months regarding “Religious Freedom Restoration” Acts, including, most notably, the one already adopted in Indiana. RFRAs pose challenging legal, economic, and religious issues. Advocates argue that these laws are no different than laws adopted by the federal government and many states in the ‘90s, while opponents state that the new versions are different in fundamental ways that cause them to be “right to discriminate” laws. The leaders of this discussion will set out the background of the laws and discuss how the new laws are both like and unlike the ones already on the books. Following their presentations, the floor will be open for audience participation in questions and discussion.