In the American Constitution there exists a sentence that reads, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." This line provides Americans with the right to worship, or not, in a manner of their choosing. In 1993, Congress attempted to redefine the parameters of religious freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Shield or Sword: Religious Freedom in Today’s America examines the contemporary battles over different legal interpretations of RFRA, with an emphasis on two or three Federal and State legal cases that expose the intricacies in legal proceedings concerning the First Amendment and freedom of religion. Director Cal Skaggs and his team will interview Constitutional lawyers working on court cases involving RFRA interpretations that some say allow individuals to discriminate against the LGBT and other populations. And they will explore the way that state RFRAs are redefining religious freedom in the U.S.
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