Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recites the oath of office, delivered by Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, Jr. , as Bryant is sworn in for his second term during his inauguration on the south steps of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Religious Liberty Laws Don’t Discriminate

Make this your must read of the day on religious liberty laws.

From Georgia to Mississippi, it’s common to hear opponents of proposed religious liberty laws accuse such laws of enacting invidious discrimination. “Invidious” is an important qualifier because it explains the type of discrimination that critics use to describe the motive behind religious liberty legislation. According to one legal dictionary, “invidious discrimination” means “treating a class of persons unequally in a manner that is malicious, hostile, or damaging.”

No small amount of baseless hype and hysteria has been promulgated by activist groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU as they’ve attempted to intimidate and shame their opponents into submission by appealing to such accusations.

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