Apostle Dallin H. Oaks testifies before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights in support of the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This is designed to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 1990 decision which invoked Reynolds vs. the United States to prohibit use of peyote as a religious sacrament by Native American Indians. Oaks makes a similar appearance on 26 Sept. before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate. The LDS church joins such diverse religious organizations as the Church of Scientology in promoting this bill for which the First Presidency publicly thanks Congress at its passage on 27 Oct. 1993. President Bill Clinton signs it into law on 18 Nov.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]
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