Assaults On Our Religious Liberties Are Unprecedented

Barb Wire

Last Tuesday, I testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice regarding the state of religious liberty in the United States.

I told the committee members that the threat to religious freedom has reached unprecedented levels. These threats are more significant and severe than at any time in our nation’s history.

The primary areas of my testimony (in a limited allotted time) focused on religious liberty conflicts involving the sanctity of human life, same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Here is an excerpt from my testimony, which I believe presents a clear and present danger to every believer in our nation. 

The First Amendment protects the rights of every individual to enjoy the free exercise of religion and to be protected against discrimination because of their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Unfortunately, in today’s culture, the fundamental right to live according to the dictates of one’s conscience and sincerely held religious beliefs is slowly being eroded.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), combined with the regulations promulgated in support of it, have introduced an unprecedented intrusion into the rights of businesses and organizations to operate consistent with the sincerely held religious beliefs of their owners and officers that life is a gift from the Creator and that providing anything to employees that would destroy life is immoral and inconsistent with Scripture. The same is true of individuals under the individual mandate.

The religious freedom of licensed mental health professionals, minors, and their parents are also under unprecedented assault. Homosexual activists have attempted to enact laws throughout the country that would silence mental health professionals from expressing the truth that an individual can successfully reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity and live consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs concerning human sexuality.

Those efforts are nothing more than an attempt to censor any viewpoint concerning Scriptural teaching on human sexuality, and they represent one of the greatest assaults on children and families that has arisen in recent times.

Parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs, and these efforts are an affront to that fundamental relationship and an assault on religious freedom.

The freedom of religious business owners and organizations is also under unprecedented assault as a result of same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, and gender identity laws read throughout the country. There are numerous challenges to states’ constitutional amendments and statutes defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Judges have been tripping over one another to ignore the rule of law and the will of the people to invalidate the institution of marriage and silence any opposition to their ideology.

The destruction of the institution of marriage is not only harmful to society at large, but it has resulted in unprecedented intrusion into the religious freedoms of individuals and businesses that have been attacked for operating their business according to the dictates of their conscience.

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I appeared on Capitol Hill to testify on a widespread problem facing believers all across our nation.   

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Mathew D. Staver
Mathew D. Staver is Chairman and Founder of Liberty Counsel®, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. With offices in Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and an outreach in Israel, Liberty Counsel has hundreds of advocates around the world.

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