The liberals who lit the firestorm that surrounded the Arizona SB1026 bill have nearly ignored similar legislation in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act has already passed through the state senate and will be voted on by the state house before March 12, but without the same outrage, pressure, and media flare-up that surrounded Arizona’s bill. What makes this bill any different?
Honestly, very little.
The bill uses some of the same wording as Arizona’s, the only difference being that it does not specify that religious rights extend to businesses. Nonetheless, such specifications should not be necessary, as Michael McConnell of Stanford Law told me during our discussion on the Arizona bill:
This is certainly not a dangerous law. The law is already in place. The amendments are minor tweaks that resolve some ambiguities that have come up in a few states. Everyone has a right to raise their free exercise rights under state law. This has been in place for a long time.