Jeffrey Pasek, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and how the meaning of RFRA-type laws have changed. “The original goal of RFRA-type laws was to protect individual believers from dictates of the government. The relationships at issue were between the government and individuals. Now we see these kinds of laws being perverted into vehicles that allow one person or group to try to impose their religious views on others, sometimes with the backing of the government. RFRA has become a potential sword of intolerance rather than a shield to protect minority faiths.”
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