Walking the Tightrope: Religious Freedom In Today's America
The passage of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was deemed by many across the political spectrum as a great victory that would protect the religious rights of all Americans. Groups like the ALCU and the Traditional Values Coalition, as well as politicians as different as Orrin Hatch and Chuck Schumer, came together to champion the law through Congress. A little over two decades later, however, RFRA and its state counterparts are at the center of fierce cultural and legal battles, with some viewing the law as a bastion of religious expression, and others calling it a dangerous Trojan Horse rife with the potential for discrimination.
Walking the Tightrope takes its audience right to the center of that debate. We'll see how both sides of the cultural and political divide view these issues, focusing on the work of a handful of lawyers, legislators, and organizations as they fight to bring to the forefront their definition of what religious freedom should look like in today’s America.
Producer/Director Calvin Skaggs