Georgia Pastors Take Religious Liberty Fight to State Capitol
By Tony Perkins
In the battle for America’s future, sometimes it feels like conservatives are only playing defense. But in states like Georgia, plenty of pastors are going on the offensive. After the sacking of Christian fire chief Kelvin Cochran, silence was no longer an option for several church leaders, who see the writing on the wall for the freedoms they’ve long enjoyed.
This week, a multitude of pastors packed into the Georgia State Capitol to back a bill that would protect men and women of faith from the ridiculous politically correct onslaught. H.B. 29, which is actually called the “Preventing Government Overreach on Religious Expression Act,” became a natural rallying cry after Cochran’s firing. And looking out over the big crowd, the bill’s Senate sponsor could see just how engaged the community had become. “This is like being at the Alamo and seeing the cavalry arrive,” he said.
Several people spoke at the event, including Dr. Gerald Harris, who called on the state to stop the oppression of Christians. “We’re here today because we want to sound an alarm that there is a war that is going on. It is a war on religious liberty… Some have said that this is going to be the next civil rights battle of this generation. Many of us were around in the 1960s, and there was a civil rights battle waged primarily by black Americans. Many white Americans sat out on that to our shame. I am grateful that both black and white Christians and Americans have joined to engage in this battle.”
For more on the bill and the controversy helping to make the case for it, check out Travis Weber’s analysis on the FRCBlog.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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