"Move along, this isn't the bigotry you're looking for." At least that's what Glenn Garvin wants us to think. Do you know Glenn? Imagine Bill O'Reilly, only shorter. And fatter. If he looked like the last guy asked to dance at the Montreal Black and Blue Ball.
Apparently Glenn is a legal expert now. This comes from the superpower of being able to pull degrees (among other things) out of his behind.
The RFRA has its roots in a 1963 ruling by Earl Warren’s liberal Supreme Court in the case Sherbert v. Verner. Adell Sherbert was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who quit her job at a textile mill when it ordered her to work on Saturday, her religion’s Sabbath.
South Carolina denied her request for unemployment benefits, but the Supreme Court said its policy violated Sherbert’s right to practice her religion without any compelling reason to do so. For most of the next three decades, the so-called Sherbert Test — does this governmental action needlessly burden the practice of religion? — governed the legal battleground between state and church.
But in 1990, the more conservative Supreme Court of William Rehnquist essentially did away with the Sherbert Test. In the case Employment Division v. Smith, the court upheld Oregon’s refusal to pay unemployment benefits for two men fired from their drug-rehab counseling jobs after they were caught using peyote as a rite in the Native American Church. The law was targeted on everybody, the court ruled, not just church members, so tough beans.
It was popular outrage over the Smith decision that led to passage of the federal RFRA three years later, reestablishing the Sherbert test for court cases involving religious liberty. And while the new law had support across the political spectrum, it was liberal groups like the ACLU and the American Jewish Congress that really muscled it through.As many have pointed out, all RFRAs are not created equal. Unlike the federal law which is a prohibition on government action, the Indiana law allows any for-profit business to assert a right to “the free exercise of religion.”
I'll believe businesses have religion when I see one circumcised.
Just wanted to chime in with this --