The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held hearings earlier this week on the First Amendment Defense Act, which was introduced a few months ago in the House of Representatives by Rep. Paul Labrador (R-ID) and by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) in the Senate. The legislation would protect religious liberty by preventing the federal government from taking actions against individuals and businesses that oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons, and became necessary in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
The unconstitutional ruling that supposedly found a constitutional basis for faux marriage, served to equip the Gay Mafia with the motivation necessary to try even harder to destroy the institution of marriage and the religious beliefs of those who oppose their deviant lifestyle.
Even as Justice Kennedy attempted to assure Americans in his majority opinion that religious freedom would continue to exist, Chief Justice Roberts pointed out in his minority opinion that the Constitution protects the “exercise of religion”–meaning it’s not restricted to within the walls of the church–and this decision failed to address this significant detail.
While each of the dissenting Justices warned of the threat this ruling created for religious liberty, it was Justice Alito who issued a warning that perhaps gave rise to the need for the First Amendment Defense Act when he said that this decision would “be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.”
I have documented many times over the years how equality has never been the goal of the LGBT extremists, but rather the elimination of the Christian faith — a fact further demonstrated in the testimony provided by Kelvin Cochran during the House hearings.
You might recall the story in January, 2015 about how Cochran, an Atlanta Fire Chief, was terminated for writing a Bible study that stated how homosexuality is a sin. Even though the book project was approved by the proper authorities and completely separate from his job, Mayor Muhammad Kasim Reed, who was against same-sex marriage before he was for it–just like Barack Obama–terminated Cochran on a technicality that was later overturned.
While Reed’s motives were clear, it was a statement made by homosexual Atlanta City Council Member Alex Wan during the investigation that got to the heart of what the City of Atlanta was attempting to do:
“I respect each individual’s right to have their own thoughts, beliefs, and opinions, but when you’re a city employee and those thoughts, beliefs, and opinions are different than the city’s, you have to check them at the door.”
Translation? You can have your religious beliefs, just keep them to yourself if you’re an employee of Atlanta. Besides the fact that Wan’s thoughts, beliefs and opinions apparently didn’t meet the “checked at the door” conditions, his suggestion is a clear violation of Cochran’s constitutional rights.
While we shouldn’t need to pass a law to protect a constitutional right, the relentless assault by the Gay Mafia since the same-sex marriage ruling against the First Amendment rights of people of faith makes FADA necessary.
Originally posted on The Strident Conservative
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