Opposition to SB17 is from extreme left, says group that supported the bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2017
Contact: Martin Cothran
Phone: (859)329-1919

LEXINGTON, KY—A new Kentucky law outlining free speech and religious freedom protections for students is being attacked by several national and state groups who claim that it would allow discrimination. The group that pushed for the law for the last two years is defending it.

“We wonder where they were when this bill was being debated in the legislature,” said Martin Cothran, a spokesman for The Family Foundation, which lobbied for the bill’s passage. “If they had legitimate reasons for opposing the bill, they could have come and told us why they thought religious freedom and free speech threatened their political agenda, but they didn’t.”

“If these groups are opposed to free speech and religious freedom, their argument isn’t with this bill, their argument is with the Constitution.”

Cothran said the bill, Senate Bill 17, simply underscored existing free speech and religious freedoms by outlining the ways in which students could engage in political and religious discourse in schools. “We live in a state in which a school censored a performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas and at least one person has been jailed for asserting her Constitutional right of free religious exercise.”

“The groups now opposing the bill have an ugly history of promoting anti-religious discrimination that responsible policymakers need to distance themselves from.”

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