By declaring that any law which infringes on a religious practice has the presumption of being invalid, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) unfairly privilege certain religious sects over the rest of society.
Justice John Paul Stevens has been a historic champion of our constitutional separation of church and state. He has consistently sought to strike down special privileges for religion and its impositions on the rights of others. President Obama's choice to replace him, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, does not appear to embrace the fundamental American principle of church-state separation with the vigor and force of Justice John Paul Stevens.
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This letter, containing questions that the Secular Coalition for America developed regarding Solicitor General Elena Kagan's record on church-state separation issues, was sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy as well as all the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
June 24, 2010
The Honorable Patrick Leahy United States Senate Washington, DC 20510
September 16- The Secular Coalition for America, along with dozens of other civil rights organizations, has written to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that he direct the Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”) to review and withdraw its June 29, 2007 Memorandum that erroneously interpreted the the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to exempt religious organizations receiving federal dollars from abiding by federal nondiscrimination provisions. Read more »