EDITOR’S NOTE: There will be a Religious Liberty Rally, April 19, 2 p.m., north side of the State Capitol, and we need as many people to attend as possible to show we want the opportunity to vote on the Religious Freedom Amendment.
If you arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. come to the third floor Senate Alcove (just off the third floor rotunda.) We will be set up to help you “lobby” your state representative on SJR39. If your State Rep. supports Religious Liberty, he/she will be happy to have the encouragement. If your state representative is unsure or opposes Religious liberty, he/she needs to hear from constituent.
We must show the members of the Missouri General Assembly that the people of Missouri want a chance to vote on Religious Liberty!
America has a strong tradition of protecting the individual liberties of our people. In fact, the founding fathers deliberately enumerated a number of protections into our constitution to protect certain personal freedoms from infringement by our government. Some of these include the rights to a jury trial, the right to keep and bear arms as well as the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble. Unfortunately, many of these rights are under constant attack. I think if you were to ask people whether or not they have more freedom today than they did ten or twenty ears ago, most people would be quick to agree that we have less.
One of the cornerstones to the security of our liberty is the protections that the 1st amendment to our constitution offers. Most notable, our freedom of speech and our right to live out our lives in accordance with our faith. These rights are under attack. Courts and municipal governments as well as state legislatures around the nation have been chipping away at the 1st amendment for years to the point that people are being fined and/or threatened with imprisonment for simply running their business in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs.
As long as your beliefs aren’t depriving someone of their rights to life and liberty, the government and the people should generally live and let live. The sad case however is that people and organizations are using the courts and the government to persecute those who disagree. Those who preach tolerance are using the force of law to coerce others into compliance with their positions.
I need you at the capitol building in Jefferson City next Tuesday, April 19th at 2pm to stand shoulder to shoulder with people of all faiths and persuasions to support SJR 39, a bill designed to allow you the opportunity to vote on an amendment to our state constitution to enshrine a stronger protection for the religious liberty of our people.
Here is a link to the actual bill.
Please visit the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for further details. If there ever was a time to rally for a first amendment cause, this is it.