March 15, 2016
Liberals are constantly saying that people should have freedom regardless of "who they love." But what if that person is God? While society goes out of its way to coddle the LGBT crowd with special privileges, Christians are struggling just to exercise their basic rights. Squeezed out, locked up, and tuned out, men and women of faith have somehow become the acceptable targets of discrimination.
From bakers and sportscasters to firefighters and florists, Christians are finding out the hard way that their government isn't interested in real tolerance -- but a one-way street that paves the way for punishment and censorship. And too many people don't even realize it's happening. FRC has been telling their stories on websites like FreeToBelieve.com, hoping to draw attention to the greatest threat of religious liberty in the modern age. Aaron and Melissa Klein are just two of the dozens of victims who lost their business, sense of security, and tens of thousands of dollars for believing what the Bible says about marriage. "We could totally just say we're done and walk away and let it be," Melissa said. "We think about the next person in line that this could happen to. If we don't fight this, we're giving up on them."
FRC is doing its part to help. Earlier today, we held a briefing for congressional members and staff explaining the crisis facing Americans of faith with several victims and their attorneys. Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was one of them. Instead of celebrating his incredible story of rising out of poverty and becoming the first African American fire chief in Shreveport, the Left is intent on destroying his career. Why? Because he dared to write a personal book about his faith that included six pages on sexual morality. Despite having the department's permission for the project, he was fired for its religiosity.
David Cortman, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, thinks that what the government is trying to say is that "no citizen has a right to free speech about their own faith outside of work time unless they get permission from the government first. And the only permission slip that the chief needs is the First Amendment," he said. These days, however, the Bill of Rights doesn't seem to be enough to protect anyone. That's why Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) took the lead on a measure called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). It says that the federal government can't retaliate against people like Kelvin for sharing civilization's view that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. That's common sense, but it's not common practice. Urge your senators to change that by supporting FADA!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.