Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Speaking of wasting taxpayer funds, there is FADA

Kabuki. Tuesday Morning the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing: “Religious Liberty and H.R. 2802, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).”According to the committee, the purpose is:
  • To examine how the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling affects individuals who and organizations that maintain a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction about marriage.
  • To review how FADA can ensure Americans are not treated unfairly by the government for such a belief or conviction.
Testifying now, accompanied by ADF lawyers, is former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran. Cochran was terminated on January  6, 2015—nearly six months prior to the Obergefell ruling and his termination had nothing to do with same-sex marriage. Cochran is just a garden variety bigot and his testimony is irrelevant to the hearing and the bill. But I digress.

The real problem with this bill is that it is unconstitutional on its face. It provides special rights to a group of people based upon their religious beliefs. Therefore, it insults both Equal Protection guarantees and the Establishment Clause.

Even if this dangerous, crazy bill gets out of this committee, it is still stuck in Ways and Means. Even if it gets to the floor of the House and they somehow pass this thing, the Senate does not seem similarly disposed. The Senate version is identical and it has been stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee for over a year. I suspect that it is DOA. Obama is sure as hell not going to sign this thing.

This is theater. Some fun might come our way when Barney Frank testifies (I am assuming that he has not already done so).

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