Accuracy in Media

Here’s the buried lede in the NBC News article, whose title was, “Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi ‘Religious Freedom’ Law.” Also note the scare quotes used to describe ‘religious liberty’ when it isn’t done with ‘abortion rights,’ ‘gay rights’ or other liberal issues.

In his 60-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, a President Obama appointee, concluded that the law “violates both the guarantee of religious neutrality and the promise of equal protection of the laws.” Reeves’ decision to block HB 1523 in its entirety came three days after he struck down a portion of the law that would have allowed clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses based on “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.” That provision was inspired by Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who made national headlines in 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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