This is a good follow-up to yesterday’s article. This time, Baptist News Global helps answer why so many state legislature’s suddenly seem to be wrestling with supposed “religious liberty” issues that are in reaction to greater LGBTQ rights and protections under US law. Religious Liberty has been interpreted in many different ways over the years, but the overarching story has been about gaining the protection of the law for religious minorities. Lately, the concept is thrown around by people in the (diminished) majority, often using it to encode and enforce their views on minorities they disagree with.
As quoted in the article, professor of Baptist studies and church history Bill Leonard sums the situation up well: