Commonwealth Policy Center

Religious freedom is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Yet the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce took a shot at our first freedom in their 2022 Legislative Agenda when they couched religious freedom in a negative light. They said, “We know other states have passed, or are considering passing, controversial legislation in the name of religious freedom that will negatively impact their economic activity, both short- and long-term.” Berating religious freedom in the name of the economy is simply wrong. In fact, the economy isn’t the ultimate as Bill Bennett reminded us when he said, “If we have full employment and great economic growth—if we have cities of gold and alabaster—but our children have not learned to walk in goodness, justice and mercy, then the American experiment, no matter how gilded will have failed.”