Republicans Join Together to Defend Religious Liberty!

Republicans Join Forces to Defend Religious Liberty!

 

Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have joined together in an effort to reinforce rights that they shouldn’t have to be defending. The First Amendment has been under assault in recent days. Particularly the government (particularly the courts) has focused its efforts on tearing down our religious freedom. Well, there are some legislators who won’t let us lose our religious freedom without a fight.

 

The two Republican politicians have joined together to introduce Our First Amendment Defense Act to build extra safeguards between the government and our religious freedom.

 

Here’s what Senator Lee had to say about it:

 

The First Amendment Defense Act  (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) would prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. For example, the bill would prohibit the IRS from stripping a church of its tax exemption for refusing to officiate same-sex weddings.

“There’s a reason the right to religious liberty appears first in our nation’s Bill of Rights,” said Senator Lee. “The freedom to live and to act in accordance with the dictates of one’s conscience and religious convictions is integral to human flourishing, serving as the foundation upon which America has produced the most diverse, tolerant, and stable society the world has ever known. The vast majority of Americans today still hold a robust view of religious liberty, yet across the country the right of conscience is threatened by state and local governments that coerce, intimidate, and penalize individuals, associations, and businesses who believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. The First Amendment Defense Act is necessary to ensure that this kind of government excess never occurs at the federal level.”

religious freedom day“Religious freedom is at the heart of what it means to be an American,” Labrador said. “America set the standard for upholding freedom of belief and worship in a diverse society. No American should ever doubt these protections enshrined in the First Amendment. Our bill ensures that the federal government does not penalize Americans for following their religious beliefs or moral convictions on traditional marriage. Our bill shields against federal intrusion without taking anything away from anyone. In a shifting landscape, it’s time that Congress proactively defend this sacred right.”

 

 

Congressman Raul Labrador sent out a press release to explain his part in the bill.

 

 

Dear Friends,

This week, I joined Sen. Mike Lee of Utah in reintroducing legislation to bolster religious liberty. Our First Amendment Defense Act safeguards individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court is soon to decide whether the Constitution forbids the states from retaining the traditional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

I hope the Court affirms the right of the people in each state to choose — through their elected representatives — the laws that govern them. But whatever the Court decides, our bill is necessary to clarify and strengthen federal law.

ReligiousFreedomRally1The First Amendment Defense Act would prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. For example, the bill would prohibit the IRS from stripping a church of its tax exemption for refusing to officiate same-sex weddings.

Our bill ensures that the federal government does not penalize Americans for following their religious beliefs or moral convictions on traditional marriage. Our bill shields against federal intrusion without taking anything away from anyone. In a shifting landscape, it’s time that Congress proactively defend this sacred right.

My House bill, H.R. 2802, has 57 cosponsors. Sen. Lee’s S. 1598 has 18 cosponsors, including Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. We introduced similar bills in the last Congress, then titled the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act.

Our sustained effort springs from a fundamental element of American liberty, the freedom to live and act in the public square according to one’s religious beliefs.

America set the standard for upholding freedom of belief and worship in a diverse society. No American should ever doubt the protections in the First Amendment.