ACLU’s Robertson: Imposing personal beliefs on others abridges all our rights

This attempt to impose personal religious beliefs on third parties is an extraordinary departure from the American ideal of religious liberty. In applying RFRAs, courts have traditionally rejected such claims of religious prerogative over the conduct of another, and we hope that the Fifth Circuit will follow suit here.

As Americans, religious liberty is our birthright. But our democracy, with its abundant religious diversity, thrives on the principle that the maximum freedom for all is achieved when none can use his liberty to abridge the rights of another. We risk undermining the very foundations of religious liberty when we attempt to wield it as a sword against our neighbors rather than as a shield against government overreach.

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