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The Nebraska State Capitol on a foggy day in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Some Nebraska legislators need a lesson in the First Amendment -- especially those voting no on LB627, the protections for LGBTQ workers.

Sens. Julie Slama, Suzanne Geist, Rob Clements and Dave Murman brought a metaphorical Bible to the fight and that violated the religious freedoms they thought they were defending.

You can’t have religious freedom without freedom from religion. Those senators trying to influence the voting with religious votes were in fact applying religious beliefs to LB627.

The First Amendment says that public law must be free of the influence of religion and may not favor one religious belief over another. Take your Bible with you to your church, but don’t bring it to the Legislature.

Paul Morrison, Lincoln

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