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‘We See Unbelievable Opportunities for Advancing Religious Freedom’

by Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS News:

The head of the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom says that after many years of having to fight attempts to restrict the First Amendment’s first freedom in court, the tide may finally be turning.

“As somebody who’s committed my whole career to a group whose sole focus is religious freedom, we think that there are just unbelievable opportunities now for advancing religious freedom that we haven’t seen in a long time,”  Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of the First Liberty Institute, told CNSNews.com.

Shackelford pointed out that President Donald Trump “made a lot of promises as a candidate about religious freedom. He’s very committed to making sure that things changed. And so now it’s just going to be a matter of whether those promises are followed through.

“So far, he’s been fulfilling his promises. And I think there’s a lot of people watching, encouraging, pushing, and expecting that. I fully expect the president to do the same thing by advancing and protecting religious freedom.”

On Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Trump pledged that “my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.”

“So far, he’s been fulfilling his promises. And I think there’s a lot of people watching, encouraging, pushing, and expecting that. I fully expect the president to do the same thing by advancing and protecting religious freedom.”

On Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Trump pledged that “my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.”

Shackelford said that Trump’s nomination of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is also encouraging because Gorsuch has a “real solid commitment to religious freedom” as evidenced in his rulings in the landmark Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases, both of which were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

“When a law demands that a person do something the person considers sinful, and the penalty for refusal is a large financial penalty, then the law imposes a substantial burden on that person’s free exercise of religion,” Gorsuch wrote.

“Our focus is on religious freedom, I mean, that’s all we do. And I just don’t think you could’ve picked a more solid person on religious freedom, someone not only with good credentials, but also someone who has numerous opinions – all really solid – on behalf of religious freedoms,” Shackelford continued.

“People recognize immediately that Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor were both victories on the religious freedom side, and he was on the right side both times.

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