Georgia Republicans Would Force Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby to Pay For Abortions

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The Georgia House of Representatives is considering the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Speaker of the House, David Ralston, and the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee are deeply opposed to protecting religious liberty.

In fact, they are so opposed, they’ve created a special subcommittee in the House of Representatives and stacked it with opponents to protecting religious liberty. Tomorrow, they plan to gut the legislation. Their proposal would specifically target Christian run businesses like Hobby Lobby, Chick-Fil-A, and others and exclude them from the protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Georgia State Representatives who intend to target Hobby Lobby, Chick-Fil-A, and other businesses run by Christians are:

Name

Number

Beth Beskin

404.656.0254

Johnnie Caldwell

404.656.0325

Jay Powell

404.656.5103

Wendell Willard

404.656.5125

Essentially, what these committee members, with the help of liberal Democrats, are going to attempt to do tomorrow is amend S.B. 129, the pending RFRA legislation that mirrors the federal version signed into law by Bill Clinton.

They will insert a provision that says there will be no religious liberty protection against state laws or even local ordinances related to civil rights for any Christian business unless that business is a religious non-profit.

The language specifically denies RFRA protection to businesses like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and Chick-Fil-A. Those businesses are for profit, but they are owned by Christians who use the businesses as, essentially, ministries. They found protection under the federal version of RFRA and this amendment would strip away those very same protections.

Consequently, the state or any municipality in Georgia can then expand civil rights laws and Christian businesses will be afforded no protection. In fact, we have seen this happen around the south. Leftwing activists, particularly militant gay rights groups, are getting municipalities to pass gender identity laws so boys can use girls bathrooms, etc.

Moreover, with the left treating abortion as a civil right and Obamacare attempting to mandate Hobby Lobby, etc. provide abortifacients, Hobby Lobby and other businesses will have less protection under state law than under Obamacare.

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