Blog: Scientology and Religious Freedom Restoration Act - 2015-03-28
The blowback over Indiana governor Pence's signing into law 'The Religious Freedom Restoration Act' has gone viral. Prominent citizens, politicians and human rights groups are aghast as the act's potential for instituting discrimination against those who don't toe the line to fundamentalist Christian sexual orientation standards. In defense of signing the act into law Indiana's governor Pence has said it was based on the 1993 federal 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act.' See New York Times for more on the Act.
What perhaps few know is that one of the most energetic proponents of the federal act that serves as Indiana's model was none other than the church of Scientology. Scientology crows about its achievement on its own website:
"In 1991, Scientologists supported passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law on November 16, 1993. The Church of Scientology International was an active member of the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion, a broad-based religious and civil liberties group that strenuously worked for passage of the act." Scientology website