Monday, March 30, 2015

Hartzler: I am fighting to protect religious liberty

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) joined 66 fellow Republican Study Committee (RSC) members in the effort to protect the religious liberties currently cherished by employers and institutions located in the District of Columbia. She signed a letter last week to Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Andre Crenshaw, calling on Congress to use its authority to block funding for two controversial measures passed by the D.C. City Council that threaten religious freedom.

Including the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act in the Fiscal Year 2016 D.C. Appropriations Bill would, according to the letter, “undermine long-standing religious protections contained in the Constitution, as well as federal law protecting the free-exercise of religion.”

The letter continues: “This provision would force religious institutions and other pro-life employers to violate deeply held beliefs, values, and principles, and would amount to a government-mandated violation of the Constitution.”

“Violations of the Constitution are always wrong, but they are more egregious when Americans are forced by their government to take actions that go against their religious beliefs,” Hartzler added. “I believe Congress must be prepared to approve language in the Appropriations Bill that protects the rights of Americans against those whose desire is to interfere with our nation’s Constitutional guarantees.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is a possible news tip.

Eureka Springs pastor in Repeal 2223 video is a convicted serial rapist

" The Arkansas Times has confirmed that a Baptist preacher in Eureka Springs who features prominently in a new video urging repeal of the city's Ordinance 2223, which protects LGBT people from discrimination, pleaded guilty to a series of violent rapes in Oklahoma in 1977."

The possible Joplin link:

"Turner's crimes predate the establishment of the Oklahoma State Sex Offender Registry, and parole and probation officials in Oklahoma could find no record that he is currently being supervised by that state as a parolee. After being released, Turner said that he worked as a basketball coach at a Pentecostal college in Joplin, Mo. He previously served as the pastor at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Eureka, and started as the pastor at Penn Memorial Baptist Church on April 15. "