Protecting the First Freedom Guaranteed in the First Amendment

Senator Mike Lee
2014-07-17 06:43:24
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-green-fields.jpg] * Protecting the First Freedom Guaranteed in the First Amendment* Yesterday the Senate voted on the "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act." The most extraordinary feature of this bill is the incongruity between its title and its content. The title�the �Protect Women�s Health from Corporate Interference Act��is clear and straightforward. It suggests the bill is aimed at the important and worthy goal of protecting women�s health. But the text of the legislation plainly demonstrates that the true objective of the bill is to circumscribe Americans� religious liberties within the narrow confines of the Democratic Party�s partisan agenda and the whims of politicians and bureaucrats. While maintaining the appearance of preserving all the current legal protections of religious freedom in America today, this proposal quietly adds to them a subtle, yet deeply problematic and inappropriate, qualification: the federal government will not prohibit the free exercise of religion�until the federal government decides it wants to. Under this bill, your religious liberties stop at the doorstep of the Democratic National Committee. The authors of this bill know all this. They know the American people reject their intolerance of diversity and indifference to the First Amendment. We know their bill cannot become law. Indeed, we know this for a fact, because if the regulations they support were actually written in the law, Obamacare itself never would have passed. It was slipped in after the fact, by bureaucrats not subject to public accountability. I voted against this bill, and it failed to gain enough support to pass out of the Senate. You can watch the speech I delivered to encourage my colleagues to vote against this bill here: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/7/protecting-the-first-freedom-guaranteed-in-the-first-amendment [link 1] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 2] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 3]
July 17, 2014

Protecting the First Freedom Guaranteed in the First Amendment

Yesterday the Senate voted on the "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act." The most extraordinary feature of this bill is the incongruity between its title and its content.

The title�the �Protect Women�s Health from Corporate Interference Act��is clear and straightforward. It suggests the bill is aimed at the important and worthy goal of protecting women�s health.

But the text of the legislation plainly demonstrates that the true objective of the bill is to circumscribe Americans� religious liberties within the narrow confines of the Democratic Party�s partisan agenda and the whims of politicians and bureaucrats.

While maintaining the appearance of preserving all the current legal protections of religious freedom in America today, this proposal quietly adds to them a subtle, yet deeply problematic and inappropriate, qualification: the federal government will not prohibit the free exercise of religion�until the federal government decides it wants to.

Under this bill, your religious liberties stop at the doorstep of the Democratic National Committee.

The authors of this bill know all this. They know the American people reject their intolerance of diversity and indifference to the First Amendment. We know their bill cannot become law. Indeed, we know this for a fact, because if the regulations they support were actually written in the law, Obamacare itself never would have passed. It was slipped in after the fact, by bureaucrats not subject to public accountability.

I voted against this bill, and it failed to gain enough support to pass out of the Senate.

You can watch the speech I delivered to encourage my colleagues to vote against this bill here:

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