Religious Freedom Act
What Should be Done?
In 1993 the Federal Government created the Religious Freedom Act. The act was intended to protect Native Americans in danger of losing their jobs because of religious traditions that were key to their beliefs. There are two viewpoints that form with the religious freedom act and its legislation. Supporters of the act have claimed that the government shouldn't force religious businesses to serve customers who participate in lifestyles contrary to their owners’ beliefs. Perpetrators of the law have argued that the context of the law has changed in the past two decades allowing for versions of the law to pass with the intent of discriminating against minorities.
However, nearly two decades later the act still contributes violations and threats to the nation's minorities. As of recently the Trump immigration ban has been seen as a major controversy because of the targeting of majority muslim countries. The passing of the immigration ban has proven to go against various legislations in the United States including the Religious Freedom Act. In 2015 two Georgian Lawmakers supported the bar for the Muslim Ban arguing that there needed to be investigations and research done to definitively understand the ‘situation’. Now the Lawmakers are also pushing forth the Religious Freedom Act stating that the government needs “compelling interest” before interfering with the person's right to exercise their desired religion. There is a sense of contradiction and changing of opinion within the past year with these lawmakers but the change is what is desired. In order to be a nation of diversity it is key that all religions are treated with fairness regardless of background. This idea of protecting religions also stems into further issues including rights based on gender, sexuality, and race.
The history of the United States has proven that when there is a division between society it then creates a hierarchy, this hierarchy almost always proves to be fatal to some group. In 2015, 55% of voters had distinguished that a business should not have the ability to deny rights based on contradiction of religions. The past decades have only proven to Americans that we need to systematically work as a whole to be the glorious nation we strive to be.
The fact is that the majority of Americans want a uniting force and that should be given. As Americans we should only spread the love and share support that regardless of background we are entitled to the same rights and services as the person next us. The first amendment right of our freedom of religion, speech, press, petition and assembly is what is revered in this country and should no longer be questioned.