The signers of this letter have been active for many years in both scholarship and litigation regarding religious liberty, and have close associations with many in the religious community who are now deciding whether to support the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Based on both our researches as scholars and our experience as litigators, we enthusiastically endorse the proposed Act and urge you to support it as well. We agree with some of the criticisms of the specific language of the bill in its present form and understand that its sponsors and supporters are open to improvements in the drafting and hearing process. We believe it is important for the religious community to unite in support of the bill's basic approach. If we do hot speak out in support of the freedom of religious conscience, who will?
Edward Gaffney, Douglas Laycock & Michael McConnell, An Open Letter on Religious Freedom, First Things 44 (1991).
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