These are a few of the questions answered in Center for Arizona Policy’s latest publication The Policy Pages: A Guide to Family Issues found online at AZPolicyPages.com. This free online resource provides an in-depth look at some of the most critical issues of our time concerning life, marriage and family, religious liberty, judicial reform, and civics. (more…)
Get the Facts: Center for Arizona Policy’s Newest Publication Takes On the Difficult Issues Facing the Family
Today is a great day for everyone who calls Arizona home.
It’s been 90 days since the end of the 2011 legislative session, which means 16 Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)-supported bills take effect today. That’s 101 CAP-supported bills enacted into law since 1995! (more…)
CAP-supported Senate Bill 1288, which says that professionals cannot lose their state-issued license or accreditation because of the free exercise of their religion, came under some fire during a floor session in the state House earlier last week. Opponents of the bill claimed the bill was broad and said its provisions went too far.
Is this a broad bill?
Yes, it is.
That’s because our religious liberty under the federal and state constitutions is broad. Our Founding Fathers recognized the important contribution that religion makes to a free society and sought to ensure that religious freedom would be safeguarded and cherished.
Religious liberty is not something that the government may artificially limit by deciding whose ideas are acceptable and whose are not. And religious beliefs are not something that professionals should have to leave by the wayside in order to be licensed by the State. In fact, many professionals are motivated by their faith to enter their chosen professions.
SB 1288 recognizes that true religious freedom means that a person may incorporate his or her religious beliefs into his or her professional life.
Now, there is a limit – the bill does not authorize criminal conduct, regardless of whether it is motivated by religion.
But beyond that, the idea that a few “bad apples” may abuse religious freedom – or any other freedom for that matter – is not a reason to limit or take away that freedom for everyone. SB 1288 protects professionals from having to choose between their faith and their profession.
The extreme Freedom From Religion Foundation continues their work to deem virtually any public expression of faith unconstitutional. This week, they asked the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional the practice of requiring public school students to recite or listen to the Pledge of Allegiance because of the inclusion of the phrase “One nation, under God.”
This is the same organization that sued Governor Brewer two weeks ago for declaring the Arizona Day of Prayer. Governor Brewer has since said she would defend her declaration of prayer.
The name of this organization “Freedom From Religion Foundation” underlines their stark misinterpretation of the Constitution. Organizations like this, and others that seek to ban or limit the free practice of faith completely ignore the protections provided within the Constitution, and our nation’s rich heritage of religious expression.