HR 1547 - Religious Freedom Restoration Act

(Protected Speech)

This bill amends the Federal judicial code to deny the district courts of the United States, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States Court of Federal Claims jurisdiction to hear or determine any case in which any requirement, prohibition, or other provision relating to religious freedom that is contained in a State or Federal statute is at issue. It is designed to restore the first amendment rights of free speech to all people, even if that speech is religious in nature, regardless of location. Prayer in school and displays of the Ten Commandments would be among the protected forms of speech under this bill.

UPDATE (4/17/05):  The last action taken on this bill was on May 5, 2003, when it was referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution.