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April 3, 2014
Religious Freedom Bill Passes in Mississippi
American Family Association Says Bill Is Needed in Light of Assault on Religious Freedom

 Mississippi legislators yesterday decisively passed a religious freedom bill that could allow state residents to sue over laws they say place a substantial burden on their religious practices. 

Supporters of the measure applaud lawmakers and say the bill will protect religious freedoms. Arizona lawmakers passed a similar bill earlier this year, but Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed it. 

American Family Association (AFA, worked closely with friends and supporters in Mississippi, including the Christian Action Commission, to pass the bill.   

“This measure in Mississippi is timely given the increasing assault on religious liberty in our nation,” saidAFA President Tim Wildmon. “Hopefully, after Gov. Bryant signs the bill into law, Mississippi residents will have the means to defend their religious freedoms in the marketplace without fear of repercussions from decisions that are in line with their religious and moral convictions.” 

Another provision of the bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will add the words “In God We Trust” to the state flag. The law must now pass through the office of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who has indicated he will likely sign the measure. 

According to a statement by Mississippi’s Christian Action Commission, “The freedom for a person to express their religious faith in Mississippi remains under intense attack, but once Gov. Bryant signs this bill our protections will be restored to where they were before being eroded by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1990s.” 

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.   


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