American theocracy? Montana adopts law that allows people to challenge regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

American theocracy? Montana adopts law that allows people to challenge regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs

Montana has been accused of undermining America’s secular values after the state passed a bill that will allow people to object to government regulations on religious grounds.
Signed into law by Republican Governor Greg Gianforte on Thursday, the Montana Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the state government to have a compelling reason to override a person’s constitutional right to freedom of religion, and mandates that any perceived violation of that right be done in the least restrictive way possible. Similar legislation has been adopted by 21 other states.

A spokesperson for Gianforte’s office said in a statement that in the past, such laws have been used to “allow Native American children to wear braids in school, Sikhs to wear turbans in the military, and Christian employers to refuse to cover abortions under their health insurance policies.”

But critics said the bill would open the door to discriminatory practices in areas such as housing and employment.

The law will allow individuals to “turn the shield of religious freedom” into “a weapon” to attack the LGBTQ and indigenous communities in Montana, Shawn Reagor, director of Equality and Economic Justice with the Montana Human Rights Network, told the Associated Press, adding that the provision goes against the spirit of the state’s “live-and-let-live” values. He said that the provision violated recent court rulings, as well as ordinances of five Montana cities and counties.

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