Proposed Fayetteville Ordinance Could Have “Chilling Effect” on Business
I have been told by friends in Northwest Arkansas that the Fayetteville City Council is receiving 300 emails a day over its Proposed Chapter 119 ordinance. That’s great news!
This is an issue all Arkansans need to weigh in on, and it’s important that members of the council hear from as many people as possible.
The ordinance, as we have said before, threatens to infringe on the rights of churches as well as religious business people in Fayetteville.
You can read a full analysis of how the proposed ordinance affects religious liberty here.
It is also important to note that the ordinance has the potential to impact secular business owners. The ordinance makes it possible for businesses to face criminal prosecution if suspected of discrimination. Even if the allegations turn out to be totally false, a business might still be forced to spend thousands of dollars defending itself in court. For many small businesses, legal fees like those can be a death sentence. (more…)