Arkansas Looks to Protect Religious Liberty in State Constitution

If you adapted the old advertising slogan for the American company known for its jams, jellies, and preserves, “With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good,” to the American Civil Liberties Union, it might read something like, “If the ACLU labels your action one of the ‘most extreme’ in the nation, it has to be a good idea.”

When the state Legislature of Arkansas recently passed SJR 14, which will provide the voters of Arkansas the opportunity to adopt an amendment to their state constitution to protect religious liberty, the ACLU predictably condemned the measure with its signature hyperbolic flair.

Those who proposed the amendment could not ask for a more ringing endorsement.

Considering the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the state version of the latter in place in Arkansas, some might view a state constitutional amendment as superfluous.

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