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Father, we thank You for this new law. Continue to guard religious freedom in Arkansas, Lord, and let other states follow its example!
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Gov. Sanders is taking great strides to protect religious freedom. Let’s pray that other states follow her example!

From The Christian Post. Arkansas’ Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ signing of a bill protecting religious organizations’ religious beliefs and identity from discriminatory actions has generated dueling reactions from religious freedom and LGBT advocacy groups.

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Sanders signed House Bill 1615, also known as the Conscience Protection Act, into law last Wednesday, banning the state government from taking “any discriminatory action against a religious organization on the basis of the religious identity or status of the religious organization.”

This includes action taken in opposition to religious organizations that maintain “policies and procedures in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief, or the religious organization engaging in religious conduct protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or the Arkansas Constitution.”

The Republican-controlled Arkansas House of Representatives approved the measure in a 78-17 vote, while it passed the Republican-controlled Arkansas Senate by a 28-4 vote. The Senate vote fell along party lines, with one House Republican joining House Democrats in opposing the bill.

An example of “discriminatory action[s]” provided in the bill are those that “alter in any way the tax treatment of, or cause any tax, penalty, or payment to be assessed against, or deny, delay, revoke, or otherwise make unavailable an exemption from taxation of any person” or religious organization on the basis of their beliefs.

Additionally, the law orders the state government to “consider any person for a contract, grant, or agreement that would otherwise be considered for a contract, grant, or agreement but for a determination against the person wholly or partially on the basis that the person maintains policies and procedures, or acts in accordance with, a sincerely held religious belief.”

The law requires the state to establish a “compelling government interest” if it takes action that has the effect of discriminating against an organization or person because of their religious beliefs.

The legislation also allows those who feel the state government has discriminated against them because of their religious beliefs to seek remedies in court. However, those seeking to take action against the state government for purported acts of religious discrimination only have a two-year window in which they can do so.

The nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, which has won several religious freedom cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, praised the new law.

“The Conscience Protection Act strengthens Arkansans’ religious freedom rights by bolstering existing protections in the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and ensuring the government will not discriminate against religious individuals and organizations,” said ADF Legal Counsel Greg Chafuen in a statement Tuesday.

“The law doesn’t determine who will win every disagreement, but it does ensure that all Arkansans — regardless of their religious creed or political power — receive a fair hearing if a government action forces them to violate their religious beliefs.”

As an example of the adverse treatment faced by religious organizations in the absence of legislation like the Conscience Protection Act, ADF cited the situation at the center of the 2017 U.S. Supreme Court case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. In that case, the state of Missouri denied a church day care a partial reimbursement grant for rubberized playground surface material available to other preschools simply because a church runs the preschool.

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the church in determining that “the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution…, and cannot stand.”

Chafuen commended the Arkansas General Assembly and Gov. Sanders for “ensuring that freedom of religion is protected for all Arkansans.”

The LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign issued a statement claiming that the measure is one of “two bad bills” before Sanders, warning that it “allows religious beliefs to be used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.”

The implementation of House Bill 1615 comes less than a year after Arkansas voters narrowly rejected Issue 3, a ballot measure that would have created the “Arkansas Religious Freedom Amendment.” During the 2022 general election, 50.4% of Arkansas voters rejected the ballot measure, while 49.6% supported it.

If passed, the Arkansas Religious Freedom Amendment would have mandated that the “government shall not burden a person’s freedom of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” Like the Conscience Protection Act, Issue 3 would have enabled those who felt their religious beliefs were burdened by the government to take legal action.

What do you think of this new law? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments.

(Used with permission. By Ryan Foley from The Christian Post. Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Lisa Reeves
November 20, 2023

Praise God for our governor she is making change happen.

Ron & Sue Kopke
April 24, 2023

PRAISE the LORD, that the people of Arkansas through their representatives, and Sarah Sanders Stands up for the LORD!!

Priscilla Meyenburg
April 23, 2023

Father God I thank you that Governor Sanders-that she is acting and standing on the Covenant of God. The fact that our Founders covenanted with God when they came to this land is beyond dispute. My belief is that Governor Sanders is trying to do as our forefathers to raise up the state of Arkansas that would form an “alliance “ an agreement and to help prepare the people of Arkansas what God intends to accomplish through His purposes. What this Administration and the Administration’s before President Trump was to steal Our History with God. The laws and changes that are being made over this nation by this Administration and words from a former President once said” we are not a Christian nation.” Karl Marx once said “ The first battlefield is to rewrite history” The demons today has inspired this administration to rewrite history, taking away our God given rights, because they think they can remove the Constitution that has stood for over 200 years that was inspired by God. As a believer I honor Governor Sanders for taking a stand that God Birthed America, Father God bless Arkansas as Sara goes about Restoring History and cleansing the fallen ashes of a rebellious culture enabled by many Luke warm churches. Deuteronomy 7-9 Gives a range of words that are in today’s culture as we reach back to declare our faith in you “When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations” I do believe God will once again be a strong voice of freedom to all states and the nations of the earth. God is going to heal each state and cleanse them because : “ The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof” Psalms- 24-1 Father God I appreciate what Gov. Sanders is doing, I lift up prayers that she asks God for wisdom and a ear to hear what God wants in Ark. I do believe she has a strong voice for Truth as God intended. God My one request in prayer is that all of our Senators, Congress, Governors, Legislators, and Judges and other appointed or voted on- Has to Know the Constitution Laws and pass a test so they also will know the rules and laws in which to Represent and stand strong, to be able to fight against the giants with honesty backed by Gods words. “ A decree I would like to share- “ We decree that our covenant with Yahweh through the blood of Jesus Christ , and the covenant we made with Him as a nation, will defeat every giant of darkness in America” America will rise again if we pray and ASK God to intervene, God made promises to us, but He expects us to do our part. “ If we stand on the truth that God himself established our nation to represent Him; and if we resist the giants in His name – we will win! Put God first and see miracles.

Danny Druk
April 23, 2023

Got is showing us where we need to move. God has blessed Arkansas in the sight of the enemy. Watch God move in the states that honor him. Looks like the term “The south shall rise again” has a new meaning. Rise in the standings of God.
May God bless Arkansas over the evil ones and give all of Arkansas the victory.

Robert Earl is
April 23, 2023


April 23, 2023

Thank you, God for religious freedom, as it says in your word, “Turn thou us unto thee, Oh Lord and we shall be turned, renew our days as of old.” Let the revival pockets that are popping up around the world connect into a total world revival. Set your church on fire like the world has never seen before. In Jesus’name, Amen.

Cynthia Weatherwax
April 23, 2023

Lord, I pray that our government leaders will seek You for answers, pray to You and operate in the authority given them to execute justice in our land You gave us and to worship You freely Lord in Jesus name amen.

Cynthia Weatherwax
April 23, 2023

Praise You Lord! Answered prayer!! Our Father waits for us to take our authority in Christ Jesus and Ask, Seek, and Knock with our petitions, decree and declare His word forth to change the situation for His honor and glory.


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