Cornell University has yet another reason to blush with shame. Among the know-nothings railing over Indiana’s RFRA is alumnus Keith Olbermann who called it “legally codified hatred and stupidity.”
Uh, no. It is merely the 20th state version of a long-standing federal statute.
“The free exercise of religion has been called the first freedom, that which originally sparked the development of the full range of the Bill of Rights. Our Founders cared a lot about religion. And one of the reasons they worked so hard to get the first amendment into the Bill of Rights at the head of the class is that they well understood what could happen to this country, how both religion and Government could be perverted if there were not some space created and some protection provided. They knew that religion helps to give our people the character without which a democracy cannot survive. They knew that there needed to be a space of freedom between Government and people of faith that otherwise Government might usurp.”
– President Bill Clinton, 1993