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Religious liberty debate gets going in Colorado again this week

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The legislative session has only a month left, but there was no way to make it through without a standoff on religious liberty. Events on both sides will stoke the debate Tuesday and Wednesday.

The topic is timely. Wednesday the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will hear Senate Bill 283, which seeks a “distinction between discrimination and the fundamental right to disagree” on when a business can legally deny goods or services that “convey a message with which the business chooses not to associate itself or with which the business owner disagrees.”

In other words, anything related to gay people getting married or choosing a restroom.

The Fireline Coalition, a collective of Colorado organizations that support giving religious beliefs more leeway in public policy, is putting on a debate Tuesday at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

The debate begins at 7 p.m. in the University Events Center.

The debate participants are:

  • Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
  • Dr. Scott Moss, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Colorado Law School.
  • Dr. Alex McFarland, a religion and culture expert, as well as a national radio host and author.
  • Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, founder of Telios Law PLLC.

The moderator will be KNUS morning radio host Dan Caplis.

There’s no charge to attend, but you’d be wise to RSVP online.

Wednesday, before the committee takes up Senate Bill 283, One Colorado is putting on an event in the West Foyer of the state Capitol at 12:30 p.m.

Colorado business leaders, faith leaders, and community groups are expected to send “a clear message that it is shocking, in this day and age, that we are still debating whether it should be legal to discriminate against someone, or turn them away from a business, simply because of who they are,” One Colorado said in a media advisory Monday.

The gathering at the Capitol is open to anyone who shows up.

 

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