“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
General George Washington
Here in the United States we are disturbed by the increasingly loud calls for socialism – especially since the silken promises of state-sponsored utopia inevitably mean the iron shackles of government coercion and control.
Accordingly, our First Amendment protections are under fire as they never have been before. Those who despise the Judeo-Christian ethos that has always beaten at the heart of Western Civilization want to eliminate all practices of faith from the public sector that they cannot bend to their control.
Indeed, we have even seen some corrupt governments exploiting the COVID crisis to harass church-goers who dare to meet in public.
The First Amendment protects institutions of faith from government abuse. As a state legislator I voted in support of a religious liberties bill, which allowed for public employees to opt out of certain duties that may conflict with their religious views.
Likewise, as a state legislator, I led the fight to end the denial of student speech and due process rights on college campuses. I have advocated for legislation and litigation to protect our freedom of association. The erosion of our First Amendment rights is having far reaching, generational impacts for our whole society, which is why we must elect free speech champions who will put an end to the insanity of political correctness.
As a member of Congress, I would vote against the so-called Equality Act and I would support legislation allowing an opt-out provision for public employees based on their belief system. Moreover, I would work with President Trump on overturning policies by the Obama Administration that curtailed the rights of religious freedom and expression within the Department of Defense. I also think the time is ripe for re-visiting Blaine v. Board of Education and its impacts on federal programs.
The application of the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th amendment have been overly expanded by the Judicial Branch, which has effectively legislated decisions that rightly belonging to states should belong with the states.
America was founded on independence, not on government control. We were born free and we will stay free.
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