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Our last episode: The conflict between religious liberty and nondiscrimination

The clash of two American values didn’t seem so huge when a broad coalition of religious and civil rights representatives got together in a room

The clash of two American values didn’t seem so huge when a broad coalition of religious and civil rights representatives got together in a room in 1993. While starting from different ends of the political spectrum, this group came together to push for a new law, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, meant to protect the religious practice of all faiths, no matter how small. RFRA became the law of the land.

But just a few years and a huge cultural shift later, the law was found to be only applicable at the federal level, and the coalition could not find a way to balance religious freedom with the civil rights of LGBT persons and women. That rift continues today as we continue to ask what does it mean to be free to exercise one’s religion? We hear from the people who were in that room in 1993 – and now are living with the consequences of their efforts.

This is the final episode of DecodeDC. The show began in 2012 with a mission to break through the stale left-right divide in politics, and explain how politics really works. Over the course of 225 episodes, we hope we’ve informed you, entertained you, and helped you understand how politics and policy affect your life. Many of those shows are just as relevant today as when they were published, and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy the DecodeDC archive.

We want to thank our listeners for their support over these five years. We could not have done this without you.

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