An attention-grabbing case in Georgia places the bounds of America’s non secular freedom clause below the microscope, as a federal choose has denied a request from a gaggle of Catholic peace protestors to dismiss costs towards them. The activists broke right into a nuclear submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia to protest nuclear weapons and resist 25 years in jail for trespassing on a Navy base, however argued their actions have been protected by the Faith Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. That federal regulation argues that the federal government might not unduly burden the sincerely held beliefs of individuals of religion. [h/t Faith Information Service]
Decide Lisa Godbey Wooden, a federal choose within the U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of Georgia, truly did agree that the activists — often known as the Kingsbay Plowshares Seven — did maintain honest non secular beliefs towards nuclear weapons and that by prosecuting them, the federal government was inserting an undue burden on the follow of their religion.
However she additionally discovered that the federal government’s prosecution of them was “the least restrictive means of furthering its compelling interests in these circumstances”, and denied all of the defendants’ motions.
The ordeal began in 2018 when the Plowshares — an anti-nuclear motion named for the prophecy in Isaiah concerning the coming day of peace when swords shall be beat into farming instruments – broke right into a Navy base and spilled blood on the partitions and painted anti-war slogans all through the bottom. All of the members of the group reside in Catholic Employee homes, a group of communities all through the U.S. that attempt to “live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ.”
The group will head to a jury trial on the finish of October.