The American Conservatives has been running a popular series of videos about how the federal government is interfering with free speech and liberty.
One of those videos is a video about the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that has been a vocal critic of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
The FFRF has been fighting against the new law since its passage in 2013.
The video starts with an animated GIF of a man wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “free antivirus” on a black background.
The man then turns to the camera and begins to talk about the federal and state governments meddling in people’s lives.
He says, “We’re seeing a bunch of governments and big business, big government, big businesses, trying to put in place these laws that they think they can make it so people won’t speak out.”
The FFRFs goal, he says, is to “protect people from government overreach.”
“And they want to do that by getting the courts to interpret those laws in ways that are unconstitutional,” the man says, and then adds, “And that’s what this is all about.”
The man ends his speech by saying, “That’s the first thing that needs to be fixed.”
The man has a point.
The law in question, known as the RFRA, requires that “the government not deny, abridge, or otherwise abridge the free exercise of religion” or interfere with a person’s “free exercise of the religion.”
This is the same law that the ACLU has been trying to stop.
In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to protect the rights of corporations to conduct business as long as they don’t violate “religious freedom” rights.
In its ruling, the FCC said it did not intend to “limit free speech or expression” as long that the FCC “does not interfere with or limit the exercise of religious freedom.”
The FCC’s reasoning was that it was not required to protect all the free speech rights of all Americans in order to do so.
This week, the FFRFS was one of the first groups to file a lawsuit against the F.C.C., which was originally proposed by the ACLU, over the new RFRA.
It argued that the law violated the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Act of 1993, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
“The government must never, ever interfere with the exercise or right to speak for one’s religious beliefs, or to worship one’s faith, or exercise the religion of one’s choice, unless the interference is necessary to protect public health or safety, to prevent a crime, or in a manner that furthers the Government’s legitimate interests,” the lawsuit read.
The F.R.F. argued that, under RFRA and the Supreme Court’s rulings, the government must not interfere if it is not compelled to do otherwise by the First or Fourteenth Amendments.
“We’re a nonprofit organization that was founded by former members of Congress, and former legislators, and we’ve been fighting for a long time to protect religious freedom and the First and Fourteenth Amendment,” Matt Barber, the executive director of the Farrar, Straus, and Goggins law firm, which filed the suit, told The American Citizen.
“We’ve been working on this issue for years, and it’s finally gotten a big boost.”
The case is currently before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.
C, and is expected to be heard sometime in 2018.