David Koon sat down yesterday with UALR Law Professor John DiPippa to talk in an Arkansas Times Asks segment about the compromise “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” adopted in a hurryup effort this week by the Arkansas legislature.
He talks about the roots of such laws and says, as he told the legislature, that while the compromise improved the original form of the bill it wasn’t a fix for those fearful that the bill could be used to discriminate against people on, for example, grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. It leaves open the door to a public official refusing to issue a marriage license, for example.
I’m sorry I couldn’t add my question to the mix: Does this law not open the door to religious challenges of all manner of government regulation? I’m reminded of the follower of a Caribbean religion who contested a Florida ordinance that prevented him from ritual sacrifice of chickens because of bars to keeping and slaughtering livestock in a city.