Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Protecting Religious Freedom in the Home

H.R. 6932, the Freedom of Religious Expression in the Home Act of 2008, was introduced by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on September 17, 2008 and has received bipartisan support in the House. The bill aims to amend the Fair Housing Act in order to prevent discrimination related to the displaying of religious symbols.

If passed, the bill would make it an unlawful practice “to establish a rule or policy that prevents a person from displaying, on the basis of that person's religious belief, a religious symbol, object, or sign on the door, doorpost, entrance, or otherwise on the exterior of that person's dwelling, or that is visible from the exterior of that dwelling, unless the rule or policy is reasonable and is necessary to prevent significant damage to property, physical harm to persons, a public nuisance, or similar undue hardship.”

This bill is currently before the House Judiciary Committee. A complete list of Committee members can be found at http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html. Please contact these members and ask them to protect religious freedom by favorably passing this piece of legislation out of committee.