by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
In a letter delivered to Attorney General William Barr this morning, Sen. Hawley claims:
In the past few weeks, state officials across the country have blatantly violated the free exercise and free speech rights of religious Americans. Under the First Amendment, state officials must not treat religious persons and groups worse than others, and they must not favor one kind of speech over another. State officials have violated the free speech and free exercise rights of religious Americans by treating religious gatherings and speech differently than the speech and mass gatherings of protests. I urge you to launch a full civil rights investigation.