Protecting Religious Freedom in D.C.

Status: The D.C. City Council is working to undermine religious liberties in its jurisdiction.  Two bills—both passed by the D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser—will saddle religious organizations and employers with a choice between upholding their beliefs as they perform their organizational missions or complying with a coercive government regulation that forces them to violate their beliefs and missions.

  • The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act: The bill would force pro-life employers in the District to cover elective, surgical abortions in their health plans. The Act could also force religious and pro-life employers opposed to abortion to hire openly pro-choice employees.  For private organizations to be required to hire someone with a viewpoint diametrically opposed to their core principles is a serious infringement on the right of free association.
  • The Human Rights Amendment Act: Also passed before Christmas, this bill eliminates a 1989 provision passed by Congress that protects religious educational organizations from being coerced into “promoting, encouraging, or condoning any homosexual act, lifestyle orientation, or belief.”  Under the Human Rights Amendment Act, a religious school could be forced to host a gay pride day, “coming out” day, or support a student group dedicated to furthering LGBT activities.  These infringements undermine a major reason why parents choose private schools over public schools: the fact that these institutions are often more harmonious with parents’ deeply held religious values.  The Amendment could also require these organizations to hire employees whose personal values conflict with longstanding religious doctrine.

Congress and the D.C. Government: Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all cases whatsoever” over the District. Under that law, which remains in effect today, the D.C. City Council acts as a legislature for the district unless it is explicitly overruled by Congress.

Congressional Overrule: When D.C. passes a law, the City Council transmits the law to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.  Once the transfer is complete, a review period of roughly thirty days begins. If, within the review period, both houses of Congress pass a joint resolution disapproving the law, and the President signs the joint resolution, the D.C. law is overturned.  If he does not, the law goes into effect.

Call to Action: Religious freedom is a core American value.  Activists are encouraged to urge their representatives to use their authority over Washington, D.C.’s government to stop these intrusive and flawed laws from going into effect.

 

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    • Perfect. And ban the hebrew Bible and the book of Mormon. And allow private organizations to not hire Jews, Muslims and Atheists. Let’s roll civil rights back to the 1950’s when some people couldn’t buy a house or stay at a hotel.

    • I thought the topic was protecting religious freedom and not protect only my religious freedom at the expense of others.

  2. Just curious: what is the connection between Heritage Action and the Heritage Foundation? I see they both share the same DC street address and that the foundation is the “sister site,” but what does that mean?

    I do plan to contact my representative, and I think it would also be a good idea to start a petition which I could sign on line.

  3. “WICKEDNESS PROCEEDS FROM THE WICKED.” (I Samuel 24:13)

    “Finally, MY Brethren, be strong IN the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to STAND AGAINST the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS AGE, against spiritual hosts of WICKEDNESS in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR of God, that you may be able to WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13)

    People, know who are you voting for !!!

  4. The First Amendment guarantees that the government can not establish a state religion. Instead of putting out the same old defensive arguments, start pointing out that the government (in this case a city) is attempting to force everyone to follow a religion established by the “state”.

      • Religion is about beliefs and behaviors.

        There are “religious freedom” arguments made by pro-choice people who do not want THEIR religious freedom curtailed; they do not want anyone forcing any particular set of religious beliefs and behaviors on them by telling them that they can’t have an abortion. Heck, they go one step farther and demand that people who have differing beliefs PAY for their abortions.

        So, you tell me. If a person who does not believe in abortions and does not want to pay for someone else to have one is forced by the government to modify his/her behavior then is this not the government choosing one religious belief system over all others (aka establishing a state religion)?

  5. The biggest mistake our forefathers made after winning Independence was.. They didn’t expel the British sympathizers and those who were against the revolution! If these liberals push us to that point again. When it is over and they lost, and they will lose. We will throw every last one of them out of the country!

  6. No, Don’t ban the Koran. Jefferson had it printed here so we would know how bad they were. Since the Muslims have Identified themselves as a state, and declared war on us, let’s Recognize them and declare war on them, Then deport all confessing Muslims. Thus, the Trojan horse is dismantled. But for that, we need a congress and president who have a backbone. So expect the destruction of America, you fools who vote for these government “servants” who have become our masters. Case in point – Obama care.

  7. Forcing someone to violate their conscience or religious belief, to provide for abortion (the ripping apart of a baby in the womb, see Youtube video), or affirming, or promoting homosexuality (previously a crime, & behavioral choice), destroys the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and Religious Freedom (basically Freedom of Thought). If we don’t fight these laws, soon we will only believe what the Marxist Left says we can.

    • Col C, we can never stop abortions and if you have ever seen a woman almost bleed to death from a back alley abortion, it is not a pretty sight. doctors and hospital could not help because of the laws of the state and losing their lic. Near her end they did pick her and took her to the ER which saved her life. Which the also meant if a woman were to naturally abort in the doctor office, he or she could not help. Yet they could stand there and watch her die. I do not think that the government should pay for abortion except in the case of rape and that should be done immediately. Nor do I think it should be used as birth control.

      • I guess you are unaware that women are bleeding to death from LEGAL abortions. And there are far more of them, because there are far more abortions being done. The back alley abortionist moved to the front alley and hung up a shingle. It’s the same people that used to do the back alley abortions! Because they are no longer afraid of getting caught, they are MORE careless than before. Local health departments are closing down those sleazy operations right and left. There are fewer than 25% of the highest number of abortion mills, still open. Women deserve and need legal protection from abortionists.

        In the case of rape, why should the baby receive capital punishment for the crime of her father? And why should a woman submit to rape with surgical instruments to tear that baby apart? It is also an insult to the mother, because that’s HER baby, too, and our instinct is to protect our own children. What makes you think abortion is ever good for a rape victim? It makes me furious people use rape victims to push their abortion agenda!

  8. Webster defines patriot as one who loves his country and zealously supports its authority and interests. The true American loves America, not Cuba, Iran, Isis, Kenya, Pakistan, North Korea, or other countries diametrically opposed to everything we are and stand for. He zealously supports our authority: authority to exist as an independent country (as defined in the Declaration of Independence) and authority to act (as defined in the Constitution). The authority to exist comes from the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God (i.e., the Judeo-Christian God). Authority to act comes from our Creator’s endowment of unalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through the consent of the governed. Isn’t it abundantly clear that atheism, abortion, coercion, and political favoritism are all unconstitutional?

  9. Cry harder. We all know Jesus excluded everyone and led crusades against those he didn’t agree with. Anyone who agrees with this is not a Christian.

      • Of course he didn’t, I was being sarcastic. These bills that this site is trying to get everyone to overturn, on the other hand, is a crusade against equality and inclusivity, which is what Jesus was ACTUALLY for.

        • Oh Jesus was for gay marriage & abortions. I hardly think so. If Jesus wanted everything to be equal & inclusive, he wouldn’t have all these things that are a sin. He loves the sinner but not the sin. If he were equal & inclusive then he would save everyone, no exceptions. He said he is not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He did not say that all would, neither did he say that it didn’t matter, in the end he was going to save everyone anyways, regardless of the condition of your heart. As a true follower of Christ, there comes a time when one has to stand up for what he believes. It does include sometimes, being tolerant & turning the other cheek, but it does not mean we are suppose to compromise our core beliefs as a Christian. Sometimes we have to stand up for what we believe, or we will fall for anything.

    • Show in the Scriptures where Jesus Christ ever promoted killing anybody. He criticized the false teaches and called them children of the devil, but He
      never advocated revolution. When challenged with taxes, He showed Nero’s image on the coin and said, “Give to Nero what is his, and to God what is His. Where is there any revolt or murder advocated. Read, no, Study the Holby Bible before you show your ignorance.

      • Of course he didn’t, I was being sarcastic. These two bills are both promoting equality and exclusivity, which Jesus was very much for.

      • Of course he didn’t, I was being sarcastic. These two bills are both
        promoting equality and exclusivity, which Jesus was very much for.

        • You obviously haven’t read the Bible. Jesus was kind to all, but had zero tolerance for sin. The best example of this was the woman taken in adultery and brought before Him. He did not deny that she had committed a grievous sin. To the vengeful and hypocritical Pharisees, He issued the challenge that if they wanted to condemn her, that the sinless among them should do so. One should take note of His parting words to her, however: “Go, and sin no more.” He was patient and forgiving of the penitent, but did not excuse the sin. He treated the woman with respect, but expressed zero tolerance for her acts even while mercifully withholding His condemnation.

  10. Religion is about beliefs and behaviors.

    There are “religious freedom” arguments made by pro-choice people who do not want THEIR religious freedom curtailed; they do not want anyone forcing any
    particular set of religious beliefs and behaviors on them by telling them that they can’t have an abortion. Heck, they go one step farther and demand that people who have differing beliefs PAY for their abortions.

    If a person who does not believe in abortions and does not want to pay for someone else to have one is forced by the government to modify his/her behavior then is this not thegovernment choosing one religious belief system over all others (aka
    establishing a state religion)?

    • Yes, when the government makes you pay for someone to have an abortion (pay for her “religion”), it is choosing one “religion” over all other religions and is therefore establishing a state religion.

      • same with the “gay marriage” issue, the homosexualist want to force their beliefs and behaviors on everyone under the false premise that “discrimination is illegal” when in fact is not. the freedom of association amendment is clear about this issues, that no one can be forced to serve or accept anyone, that is communism or like they call it hear “secularism” and using their “humanity” as a shield or justification to tolerate or even force others to embrace sin.

  11. Jesus was not a crusader….He is the Lord our Savior, who came as a babe and left as the King, who will return as the Lion of Judah….who is El Gabhor the warrior King! The Nations where given to Jesus by God our Father…Jesus was God incarnate who came in the form of man to reconcile humanity back to Him! He is the One and Only True living God…The Great “I AM”…..Know who you Serve and know that He is YAWH! He is Love! No other Religion is of LOVE! Peace to Jerusalem, Israel….peace be within their Walls! We are experience Psalms 83, right now in this season! Pray!

  12. Freedom of Religion not from religion unless of course it is treasonous like Islam and is for over throwing of our way of life and government! Islam is perfect example of what Thomas Jefferson meant when Church of England ran everything like Islam does. He didn’t mean it as atheist etc have used it and sadly others have let the minority get away with due to PC. PC is used to let minorities rule the majority! Sickening

  13. You religious fanatics are something else! It’s because of you that these laws need inacted! Discrimination of any kind has no place in today’s society! Churches get ‘non tax status’; hence, they should behave like civilized people and quit wanting freedom when you are not allowing freedom!

        • No, she doesn’t think you need help because you are exercising your right to free speech. She thinks you need help because of the content of your speech.

          • You are So right! I mean, it’s not like discrimination ever got anyone killed right? As a christian, discrimination should be something you fight against, not for. Denise and Milla, you both seem to be for discrimination.

          • The simple definition of discrimination is “recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.” So you are discriminating what a Christian is supposed to be. Why is your discrimination allowed and mine compared to murder?

        • Basically Renee, you just don’t understand the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and you are confused as to what freedom means.

          • Freedom is for atheist liberals. We church people [Christians] have “non-tax status”. We pool all our monies & then at the end of the year the church gives us back what taxes we would have paid on that money. This is what some idiots like Renee probably believes. Liberal atheists have no problems with imposing their views on us, case in point, this article, Protecting Religious Freedom in DC. According to Renee, the religious institutions should just be quite, accept it, & allow this liberal, atheistic rule to become law. Well I say to the likes of Renee,, we have been silent too long, we have given & given & given, now is time to stand for what we believe in. I urge everyone to write to your congressman or senator or call them & let your voice be heard.

    • You atheistic fanatics are no different. If people want an abortion there are plenty of places to go get them. I believe in free choice, for every body not just atheists. We should be able to have a civil discussion without name calling. You sound like a wounded person. Maybe I should pray for you? I believe in free speech for Everyone,Jewish,People,Christians,
      Muslims,Pagans. Wiccans,Buddhists,and you.

    • What are you talking about? How can there be discrimination concerning our most basic right? If anyone is discriminating, if that’s what you want to call it, it’s the government. Get an education on our Constitution and especially how our Founders felt about religious freedom. Also, when government limits or restricts our freedom with ridiculous laws, it isn’t freedom anymore. Get it?

    • In the universe there are basically two religions; one is the theism, the other is athesim. In theism there are polytheism and monotheism. From there, we see all kind of religious practices since the beginning of mankind. Atheism~ denial of any form of a God, gods or goddesses. The faithful religious practice of atheism is that they are their very own god, or goddess. They love their body parts and they worship themselves. We all live on the same planet, have the same fundamental needs: to love, to be loved, to understand and to be understood, to eat, to work and obey the Laws of Nature.We all live on the Same Planet Earth, what we do to one another, we will receive the same in return. “‘What goes about comes about.” that is the law of nature. Let both sides display their symbols freely. Why is there this Favoritism? What has atheism contributed to the well being of mankind since the recorded history?

      • Well, it would be hard to count them, but in the last century, atheisms’ contribution was the death of more people through war and slaughter than in all preceding centuries of mankind’s existence combined. But, they blame all wars on Christianity. Go figure. What they have never created is a nation that enjoys freedom based upon the idea that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their creator (God, not government) with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to life (atheist really hate that one) liberty (atheist believe that the only “liberty” or “freedom” is individual autonomy) and the pursuit of happiness (individual, autonomous right to pursue personal happiness no matter what God says about it .. which is why they really hate God), even if it fractures the cultural foundation of our nation, desecrates the world view that made freedom in the world possible and plunges us into total anarchy.

        • You hit every point, J.R.K. i guess it is difficult for people to face REALITY, that is to face what one has created for oneself through what lay under one’s skin. “As i think therefore i am!” is a truism. Idolaters can only focus on one thing, that is Me and My Wants! Whoever has more than i do, owes everything to me! They will use the government or class welfare, or intellectual dishonesty, or play the OWE is Me Card….. have seen them all over the globe….. “He who has more, more shall be given to him. He who has less, even the little that he has will be taken away.” Why? There is a lack of loving compassion for others, other than Self Pity! A heart that is void of God knows not what True LOVE is! Love is Holy and Love is Divine. Self serving ways of doig things are not out from love, thus, always FAIL! Selfishness is a bottomless pit, never can be filled!

          • “”I think, therefore I am” ~ Descartes.

            “I am, therefore I think” ~ J_R_K.

            Liberals wouldn’t understand.

    • you have been brainwashed ; it is not being fanatic ; it is believing in God and Jesus ; you have all the freedom you want because no one forces you into Christianity and YOU and the One like you have NO RIGHT to tell US what to do . GOT IT .????

    • “Religious Fanatics”?? You MUST be a LIBERAL one celled Amoeba Moron. Our country (yes EVEN you are part of our country) was founded on the principles of Freedom of Religion. This Doesn’t mean you can RAM your Freedom down my throat & vice-versa. The problem with you LIBERAL FANATICS is you want to talk the talk but have yet to walk the walk. I lost 58,000+ vet brothers in WWII just so you could have the freedoms you enjoy today. Be responsible LIBERAL & accept responsibility for your actions UNLIKE that MUSLIM (wanna be ) THUG in the White House. Christianity(The love of Jesus Christ) does not condone violence, Nor do we want to impose our will on anyone else. BUT when you start trying to BRAINWASH our young people & Chrildren with your LGBT BULLSHIT THEN THAT’S WHEN WE TAKE OFFENSE!! UNDERSTAND LIBERAL, I DOUBT IT!!

      • “LGBT BULLSHIT”….. I call it bigoted heterophobic bullying and indoctrination … “heterophobe” being a person who has an unnatural fear of heterosexual relationships and of people who live that way…. If they were not afraid, they wouldn’t be on the assault all the time. It seems pretty unnatural to me to be so afraid of heterosexuality that they have to assault it by every possible means in order feel “normal” about themselves.

    • Yep… anarchists (today’s evolving culture) despise the religious principles upon which the freedom they are always hollering about was built. While proclaiming themselves to be champions of freedom, they are destroying it by destroying the common, cultural belief system that gave them the freedom to do so… hence, a great definition of today’s society: proof that the number one enemy of freedom is not from without, it is from within, it is freedom itself.

      Freedom and total individual autonomy have never been, never will be the same thing. If individual autonomy is freedom, prepare yourself to live in a society where the strong obliterate or enslave the weak, where human life is as easily dealt with as are animals in a slaughter house.

      Religious fanatics (I assume by that you mean people who believe the Bible is the word of God) are the cause of all problems, the reason “anti-discrimination” (pro-anarchy) laws are passed? They are the cause of all our evils?

      Adolph Hitler, over 10 million dead
      Joseph Stalin, estimates as high as 18-20 million dead
      Pol Pot, over 2 million dead
      I could go on and on with that list, but I think, if you can think, that you get the picture when I ask: which one of the tyrants of the last century, who collectively, directly and indirectly caused the deaths of more men, women and children than any century in the proceeding history of mankind and all of them combined would you accuse of being a Christian?

      Maybe they (Christians) are really not the bad guys.. I mean, they are the kind of people who created the United States, stood up to Hitler, Stalin and the like, and defeated them. Maybe the people who hate them are the bad guys. People like Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Chiang Kai-shek, Mussolini, Castro, Idi Amin and all the head mucky mucks of Islamic fanaticism…. Of all those people, which one do you suspect of being an abominable, hateful, murdering Christian fanatic like the ones who created freedom in American and forced it on our whole nation with the bill of rights and our constitutional law?

    • Renee, what you say in your post is so stupid, I don’t know why I am bothering to even respond to it. You call me a religious fanatic, well I am going to take the liberty to call you an atheist fanatic. I don’t know if you are for sure, but you certainly sound like one. Why does it pain you so much that churches get ” non-tax status”? For your information, just our church alone last year, & it’s a small congregation, paid out in foreign missions & home charities to the poor, paying heat bills for elderly on fixed incomes or light bills, or replacing a hot water heater close to 45 gran. So it isn’t like we Christians pool all our monies & then at the end of the year we get back in the form of a non-tax-paid refund. Your last sentence really shows your ignorance of things religious. Apparently you are unhappy with the church for not condoning abortions & gay marriages. The true church of Jesus Christ does not condone these kind of marriages, if you want to ignore God & what the Bible says concerning these things, go ahead, & abortions are another thing that is just not condoned by the Christian Church, if you disagree with that belief then don’t join a church, or you might get offfeeennndded. You liberals want your cake & eat it too, but when the shoe is on the other foot then you want to find fault with the church & with Christians & whine about how everyone else doesn’t just welcome you with welcome arms & change our rules to accommodate yours. Well buddy, if you don’t like putting up with Christians, just wait a few years until the muslims take over & we have sharia law. You probably would like them.

  14. Titus 3:9 Have nothing to do with: foolish quarrels; lists of people who lived long ago; those who make trouble and argue about the law. These things do not help people and are good for nothing.

    Titus 3:10 Talk to any who do not believe right. Talk to them about it once or twice. Then, if they will not listen, have nothing more to do with them.

  15. The people in D.C. (Marion Barry’s gang) will do all they can before Obummer leaves office; then hope the next president is not intelligent enough to figure out what they did…until it’s too late!

  16. the reason Evil is growing and expanding in our midst is the collective committing of the Sins Of Omission from top to bottom! All wanted to be liked and accepted by the neighbors, fear of losing the love and friendships of those neighbors, while there was no fear at all of offending The Almighty and the Most Holy Trinity! In so doing, an open invitation for Evil to enter without Fear by the term of PC (Pure Crap!). Now, that is what we have, the PC we deserved by not standing up for what is Righteous, in His Name for His Gory and for our very own Salvation ~~ our selves, the families, the country and the World!

    • a fool, you tell it like it is. I have always heard & believe it to be true, if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. Not very many in this country now truly believe there is a Holy 3. Evil has entered, God Almighty has allowed it. There is a price to be paid when a nation forgets or ignores God & [ the Holy Trinity ] I saw where the tickets to get into the stadium to see the Super Bowel are from $6500 to as much as $8000. That is how they can afford to pay these players such absortant prices in salary, while expecting teachers of our kids to work for a small pentenance. America has it’s priorities out of order. A huge number, millions of people, will be watching this game, I probably will watch some of it, but I am not a fanatic about it. Some fans are so in a trance by it, this is about all they can talk about. There is no way I would pay over say, $15 or $25 to go into the stadium & watch from the choicest seats but this is what the general population of young & older Americans are interested in. Sports, is all many ever talk about. I can tell you something people need to get concerned about, is the declining little by little of our liberties & freedoms, just like the B/S they are wanting to push on the religious institutions in the city of DC. If you don’t think evil is lurking just over the horizon, take a look at this web site. Google it, & see for yourself.: fortress of faith.org

      • yes, you are right hyinnc ~ Evil is Growing! We let that happen by not living in The Law of God, but in the flesh as beasts! The world is now legalizing Mortal Sins: birth control~Anti Life! God is Life ~~ Whatever goes against life is anti God that is Satan, thus it is satanism. Abortion is Satanic Human Sacrifice. How many souls are lost in that one single procedure? Sodomy is Satanic Worship! All are below the Belt Line. The miss understanding of Sexuality and the miss application of that Divine Gift for the union of a man and a woman is in the union with God. God is Oneness of both genders. His love for His Own Being is His Creative Consuming Fire. That Fire is the Passion within the husband and the wife for one another. That Consuming Fire is also our body temperature, when we die our body becomes cold, life is gone, God’s presence within us left! God does not Pro-creates. if He does that, He needed not to create us in His Image as men and women. Not Images as two men or two women. the union between the husband and wife after child bearing years is the Gift of that ONENESS for the Heavenly reward.

        • I agree with you sir. Keep the faith. BTW, tonight on the news I heard they had a few seats left that were going for $35000 per seat. Can you believe anyone would be that stupid? They have more money than sense.

          • God bless you! Nothing can ever be worse than Spiritual Poverty! People are concerned about material poverty, while pay no attention to the greater evil of Spiritual Poverty. if we all pray and live righteously, we can get rid of them both, sooner than we can think! God will bless all those who Live in His Spirit and in His Truth! that would heaven on earth!

          • I cannot believe the two of you believe you have any place opening your mouths about religious freedoms being threatened. You are the lowest form of Christianity.

          • God bless you Charles! We are all Sinners! I thank you for your remarks! Please, teacah me what is the Highest Form of Christianity. I need to learn, so i may imprive. I humblly beg for your words of Wisdom!

            Humbly yours,

    • No offense but, Religion isn’t just Christianity. Our Religious freedom encompasses all religions. These basic liberties are all of the citizens of this country. Where would you get any other ideas? I’m just curious as it points to me that many people do not understand our natural rights. One of those is religious freedom. The most important, by the way.

      • I am going to guess that San is alluding to Islam. I wonder if the islamo folks are going to accept this. You know what happens to gays in their countries. Can’t wait to see what happens if the congress lets this get by and become law. DC is a garbage pit of scumbags and crooks.

        • Yeah I have been saying the libtards better be careful of what they wish for. It won’t be long until they start saying ” hey wait a minute this is not what I was talking about”

      • I’m not sure I understand your comment. History ? In the History of the U S, it was Only Christianity, for the Native Americans, who were Forced to Learn and Practice Christianity. Or of course…..Death.

        • I agree with you, what this country has done to your peaceful religions is disgraceful, I consider myself a Christian, but I would have never forced it on you. It looks as if the federal government is still taking from you look at what is happening in Arizona and I am dead set against it. that copper belong to the American Indian.

  17. My former comment was tongue-in-cheek. Anyone who tries to setup Sharia Law in US– SHOULD HAVE 2 OPTIONS– LEAVE IN 6 DAYS or Face a Military Tribunal.

  18. The day that Americans let a politician dictate religious freedom,there is No Freedom ,STAND UP AMERICA,WAKE UP AMERICA,Get Your Head Out Of The Sand!!!!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA

  19. DC apparently has too many liberals living there. The congress needs to vote this down and immediately. The liberals are always on the wrong side of what is right and decent for most people and should be stopped ASAP.

  20. Both Houses of Congress will void this crazy DC local law. But the Abortioner-In-Chief will not sign the bill Congress passes. So the law must be fought in the courts.

  21. I guess the weeding out has begun. We must decide now where our allegiance lies, and how far we’re willing to go to stand for God.

    Remember, Yeshua said “whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

    • If someone tells me I have a choice this or God and that if I choose God I’m going to die…..I welcome death in The name of God.

  22. Sir, I am not pushing abortions and the back alley abortion are still out there. It only takes a wire clothes hanger to kill a woman and the fetus. You cannot stop abortions. They happened daily when they were against the laws an a doctor or hospital would rather see the women die rather help and lose their lic.
    Why should a raped woman or one of incest have to burden the responsibly of raising the unborn child which could be eliminated before it is in a fact a child. How many unwanted children are in the US and the world? How many bad foster homes are they in? More women die each year giving birth than they die from legal abortions.
    Many times a woman or girl that has been rapped or giving birth by incest is looked down on and in many cases ends up on the street scorned and broke.
    JG

      • Thank you Stephanie. You are correct. The child is not the perpetrator here, but the victim. As Mother Tressa said, no child is a burden, but a very strong and brave potential adult. And to those that think the baby inside a womb is no more than tissue, it is human tissue that only needs to grow to become a full human being.

    • I don’t know where you are getting your stats, Jim. But the fact is more women do not die while giving birth than during or because of an abortion.
      How meany children are you helping as a foster dad? You seem to have a low opinion of foster homes. Are you trying to help? or just slinging mud?

      • boy and my daughter is in process of adopting a child. Jerry, those staats are quote more often than not. No I, do not run a foster care place, I did counseling in foster homes. However I did adopt a boy. My daughter is in process of adopting a child.

        • So than by your own admission you not a good dad. Jim by you putting every one in the same pile than calling them bad means you are in the pile also. Don’t put all foster families in the same category. That is bigotry.

          • That is not bigotry* , it is prejudice^.

            *Bigotry involves intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

            ^Prejudice involves having negative attitudes and stereotyped beliefs about
            members of a group.*

          • Thanks for the judgment San. Remember “Judge not, that you may not be judged: for with what judgment you are judging, you shall be judged; and with the measure you are laying out shall be laid out to you. So why do you look at the straw in my eye, but do not see the board in your eye?” Matthew 7 verse’s 1-3.

    • First of all, many women die of Legal abortions, or have you forgotten Gosnell’s little shop of horrors, and he was a licensed Doctor. No hospital that I know of would ever turn a woman away if she needed medical care, but I have seen abortionists not call an ambulance and let a woman bleed to death, for fear of someone seeing an ambulance at their clinic. It is documented, and suggesting that we do away with laws against murder, because people are just going to murder people anyway, does not make any sense. If a person isn’t held accountable for killing another person, there would be a whole lot more murders of those outside the womb. This is true for inside the womb as well, to the tune of 58 million babies since 1973, and that is just in this country, 1/3 of a generation.

  23. I sorry but I do not think you have any idea of the children in foster homes or on the streets or that are up for adoption.
    No further discussion is needed.
    JG

  24. STOP THE ABORTIONS –THAT IS A LIFE THAT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED. iT IS NOT ITS FAULT THAT IT WAS CONCEIVED. AND IT IS NOT A LIFE TO BE THROWN AWAY. LIBERAL IDEAS WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR THEIR DECISION. MEN NEED TO LEARN TO KEEP IT IN THEIR PANTS. THE WORLD WOULDN’T BE IN SUCH A MESS WITH UNWANTED CHILDREN.

  25. Let’s approach the issue of “freedom of religion” from a different direction. Religion has been with us for many thousands of years with God’s laws and traditions for the survival of civilization. OK. What’s different today in our culture? The pharmaceutical industry! Ask yourselves:
    1) What’s different about lifestyles before penicillin and after penicillin?
    2) What’s different before hormone altering birth control pills and after hormone altering birth control pills?
    3) What happens when penicillin wears out and the super-bugs take over again?
    4) What happens a generation after hormone altering birth control pills neuter the mother, the fetus, and the nation?
    5) Do you think the FDA is doing a good job?
    6) Do we have a problem with unhealthy lifestyles?

  26. As a Christian, I am to give my life to Christ. I am also to give my life for Christ. So when someone tells me that I should not follow what Christ teaches, than I am to do my very best and utmost at not obeying that person or law. Contacting my Congressman or woman and or Senator is my right. Asking them to not support a bad law is not only my right, it is my responsibility to preserve mine and your freedoms.

  27. This article stands as an example of what the two lezbo senators from California, that would be senator Frankenstein and senator soap boxer, are for. I write them two idiot traitors about everything conservative. The response from soap boxer is thank you for writing, be sure to check my voting record at blah blah blah.com.gov.whatever. Ar least Frankenstein has some low life inter send me a response that tells me she thinks I am an idiot for opposing her, but she keeps my opinion in mind while she supports everything that I am against. It is futile to bother writing either one of them because they are both spawns of satan like their sisters in the white house who sane and mich oscumma. At least they know that I think they are a diagrace and an embarrassment to me and this country. Damn liberal idiots.

  28. D.C. simply needs to cease to exist and become part of an existing State. We cannot have an area of the country wielding powers over the States in the Union. It’s a violation of representation laws.

  29. It seems to me that these potential DC laws are in direct contradiction to the laws that guarantee freedom of religion, and in particular, the Restoring Religious Freedom Act. As such, Congress should strike them down.

    I understand that opposing Christianity is a fad right now, but DC may have failed to think beyond Christians. Thus, have to wonder how this would apply to any Muslims, who are far more conservative than most Christians. I have a feeling that any Muslim who objected to this policy would be exempted. If I’m correct in my assumption, they had better think twice about enacting these laws. Can you imagine the reaction to a law that exempts one religion, but not another?

  30. Would these new laws going to require “pro-lifers” to go get an abortion? NO! Are they going to force straight kids to declare themselves gay or lesbian and live the life of a member of the LGBT community? NO?! So I don’t understand how they affect the freedoms of others. Religious freedom applies to a person’s OWN life. One should not assume a personal freedom ever allows them to control, oppress, or have any kind of say in the life of another. Live your own lifew and be happy with that. I have no interest in you having a say in what my children do.

    • Huston Texas is a prime example. The First Amendment to The Constitution of The United States states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peasably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
      1. In Huston Texas the Mayor is trying to sepia the Christan Church pastors to have them send their sermons to the mayors office so she can scrutinize them for any derogatory comments said about lesbians, gay, bisexuals, or transsexual (LGBT) people or groups. That is a direct violation of the First Amendment. The people of the city have drawn up a partition to have the law put to a vote. The City of Huston has a city government origination that runs the elections and counts votes and partitions. And the lady that has that job said there where 19,000 good and verifiable signatures on the partition. 2000 more than needed to pass for a referendum. But the mayor and the City Attorney went in and disqualified some of the signatures and said the partition was no good. The case is in court and being tried.
      2. A wedding photo business in New Mexico was forced to take pictures of a gay wedding against the free will of the photographer. Or pay the gay couple an enormousness fine.
      3. A baker in Colorado lost his business because a gay couple wanted him to bake a cake for their wedding. He said no do to Regulus reasons. The courts ruled against him. He had to colsed his business and pay an enormousness fine.
      4. a baker is Washington state aslso had a simuler case brought against him. He lost and forced to close his business and pay a enormousness fine.
      5. A couple in New York state had a farm with a very butyfull view where they rented out for weddings. A gay couple wanted their held inside the couples home. The couple said no due to religious reasons. They where sued by the gay couple. The farm owners lost the suit their farm and have to pay an enormousness fine.
      I can go on for an hour with cases like this. Do you get the point?

      • I totally get the point. What is happening in HoustonTexas is totally a violation of the first amendment. If it is actually true. Here ( http://www.churchangel.com/WEBTX/houston.htm ) is a list of the several hunderd churches in Houston. If each church provided a transcript of its (to play it safe i will say one hour long) sermon. It would take a mayors office more than a week to just read through them all. Sounds suspicious. In terms of voting on laws the majority is not always right. For example, if a town of 20,000 had a native american population of 25 and the town held a vote and the majority decided that the native population should be flogged every day at sunset for the entertainment of the town that would not be a righteous law. However I believe what is said inside a church should be held as sacred. Outside of thier holy ground, however, if the promote hate and violence and discrimination they should be held accountable for harm done. Businesses in this country should not be surprised to find themselves subject to local laws. If you are making money from the public, then you have to follow the laws governing a public business. These are not hidden laws. Any area where there is protection for certain groups the laws are made perfectly clear. You can choose to break them, but as in any other case of breaking a law there are cosequences if you are caught. I might choose to stab my neighbor to death and claim that I thought that law was for other people, but I would know damned well that I was subject to it. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
        As for cases where someone feels discriminated against where there is no protection and feels the lack of said protection is unfare, then it is their right to contest that in the courts. I don’t believe the plaintiffs should be punished for actions that have not broken the law, but it is how we pass new protection in our system of litigation and what we have chosen as a society as the correct and civilized way to proceed. When people try to hide hate and fear behind religion, whatever religion or belief, and use it as a protection to harm others, it is an abuse of freedom and needs to be exposed. I might say I don’t like Catholics, that is my right. However when I choose to open a hot dog stand on the corner of a street in my town I don’t get the right to question customers on their beliefs. I don’t get to put up a “NO CATHOLICS” sign. I know they are protected by the laws and that if I am going to sell hot dogs to anyone, I don’t get the choice under the law to discriminate. That is why the law is there. People know when they are doing something that is unfair. Those business owners were not saying “Oh, I’m sure this won’t affect you in any way and you will walk out of here just as happy if I say I don’t serve YOUR KIND.” They knew they were being hurtful. They were running a business not a church. We have laws for a reason.

        • Sorry you don’t get it. In all the cases I mentioned, the business owners did try to direct the plaintiffs to a business that would take their money and be happy to do just that. The aggressors where not the church goers, but the gays that would not allow the businesses to function as they desired. The laws where not broken in any way but to not do a task against their Regulus and moral conviction.
          The case in Colorado the plaintiffs where from Connecticut, not Colorado. They wanted there cake sent to Connecticut. Mr Phillips did not desire to serve them do to his in the Bible and Gods teachings. But the gays where out for blood so to speak. And to force a point. godfatherpolitics.com/…drive-christian-bakers-out-of-business

          • A grocery store does not have the right to tell a black person that, yes they do sell Campbell’s soup but just not to a black person, but that there is a store across town that do serve “their kind.” If you own a BUSINESS you have to follow the laws put on business owners. If I drive a car I have to stop at a stop sign or red light rather or not there is other traffic. I know this. Discrimination is wrong. People want equal treatment. If you or I were to make a reservation at a motel in another city, travel there, only to have a Hindi owner say ” Oh, wait. You look like a Christian. You cannot stay in my motel if you believe in Jesus. There is a pay phone outside call another motel. Your reservation is cancelled.” We would be mighty damned upset. No difference except that there is a good percentage of the gay community that are Christian. So by refusing service to a gay man, you are not refusing service because of his religion, but because of who he loves.

          • No. If you are a Christian, you can not be gay. Jesus the Christ said “If you love me you will keep all my commandments.” John 14 verse 1. So what is it to keep all Gods commandments? There more than just the 10 listed in Exodus chapter 20. Those are what the laws where the base of the rest which God expanded on. There are more laws in the chapters and book after Exodus 20. Like the law in Leviticus chapter 18 verse 22 that states “You must not lie down with a man (male) the same as you lie down with a woman. It is a detestable thing”.

          • So if you wear mixed fibers you are not a christian. As a woman, If you were not a virgin at marriage you are not only not christian but should be put to death. If you eat pork… or shellfish… all these are listed as evil sins as well but you are not saying we can turn people away from our business if they eat pork… You cannot pick and choose the commandments of God. Can you? Jesus said “Not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” so you better take a close look at those clothing labels and the ingrediants in that can of soup before you cast that first stone. Leviticus doesn’t contain any degrees of lesser sin. If you are wearing a cotton polyester tee shirt then you might as well be gay. God condemns you. It always fascinates me that some people who call themselves Christianm put more emphasis on old testament laws than the words of Christ. Then the try to be selective and tell me which laws God made made more important when they have no scriptural backing to prove. That is not how I was raised as a Christian. I was raised with “Judge not” and “Love one another” as fundamentals of my faith. I trust god to know what people deserve in the afterlife, and unless there is a viable and logical threat, I need not worry about punishing anyone. I was raised to trust God and Christianity, not to fear them. Why would I follow someone I fear? I believe we were given free will. I don’t get to choose for anyone else, nor do I allow anyone to make my choices. God trusted me with them and I trust God. Christ did not spend his time shunning the sick and the poor and the “unworthy.” Why should I?

          • And guess what, Charles, we are not the Jewish people. And Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law in Deut. 28: 15 to 61 when he was crucified. The first 14 there are blessings.

          • You are making my point Charles. The siner is not the business owner. The siner are the gay’s forcing their idea on the rest of us. Please ask your self why haven’t we as a nation excepted the gay agenda for over 235 years? There is not right to be gay. But they have a right to sin. But then the siner will come to the judgment of God. You need to chose to follow man’s world or God’s word. And thank you for judging me the way you do. Even though you are wrong. I forgive you.

          • Jerry, there are actually 1,050 commandments in the New Testament. And since we are Gentiles, those apply to us. Better with 10 than 1,050 and a whole lot easier.

          • verb (used with object), hated, hating.
            1.
            to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for orextreme hostility toward; detest:
            to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
            2.
            to be unwilling; dislike:
            I hate to do it.

            Why else would you refuse service?!

    • Dude you really are an i d i o t. If you dont want us in your childrens lives then you really do need to be pissed. The whole gay agenda is to force your kids into accepting the gay lifestyle as normal and make them question their own lifestyle choices. Oscumma and his bunch are destroying this country and getting away with it because people like yourself go around with their heads in the sand oblivious to what is going on around you. Before you know it, people are going to walk up to you and demand to see your papers, and if they dont like you well then it is off to a FEMA camp with you. Maybe that is what your kinda people need. At least we would know where the idiots are that help start this final push to destroy America will be.

    • Let’s see, Charles, when did your spirit man enter your body, huh. When the OB/GYN delivered you? Nah, it went in when you were conceived. Try awakening your spirit man to a real understanding of Jer. 1:5. As for living with the demon spirit of homosexuality and going to heaven, doesn’t Jesus say in Matthew’s gospel chapter 5, verse 8 that ONLY the pure in heart(spirit) will see almighty God. And not controlling anybody, just helping down the road to a deliverance from demon oppression or possession, Christian or not. And then casting out the lying spirit acting as gatekeeper to the demon spirits having a spiritual field day.

      And don’t misuse Matt. 7:1 without understanding John 7:24, because after Rev. 4:1 Jesus is not going to be so loving. Because at that point, he’s the ultimate judge.

    • This will help clarify the matter:

      The Family

      A Proclamation to the World

      The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

      We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

      All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

      In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

      The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

      We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.

      Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

      The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

      We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

      We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

      This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    • Good grief. Of course they affect the freedom of others. Faith guides one’s every moment of one’s life. It doesn’t have a menu where one says I believe x but only when I am inside my home. One’s faith is a lifestyle….the Ten Commandments had no italicized text at the top saying these rules only apply if you are alone, in your home or inside your church. And that’s the problem. You want to express your thoughts and beliefs but you do not want anyone with religious belief to express theirs. That’s the issue. Already, Catholic charities have had to close their doors — organizations that placed the most children in foster care in the nation and have more experience that any other group. They had to choose between their Catholic faith and the US law. They chose God. Now people are forced to use their artistic or expressive skills to communicate the messages of Hunky Jesus contests — to do otherwise is to discriminate.

      America is not a place where freedom is for everyone. Now if you are a follower of Jesus and believe his words about marriage, you are discriminated against.

  31. Human rights is TWO_WAY street! I have a right not to have the the alternate life-styles shoved into my face at ever turn! If a man want to “Make Love” to another’s sewer pipe, in private that’s their business, between them and God!
    Just remember that’s how aids got its start!

  32. Separation of church and state is a TWO-WAY STREET as well. This simply means that religion can’t dictate government policy, but also that government can’t dictate to churches what they can or cannot teach/believe. Why is that last part so hard to understand?

  33. Solomon said, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” All powerful countries crumbled from within when the moral fiber is replaced with Hedonism and arrogance. Scripture is the reflection of a righteous and moral God to His creation and man specifically who was created in His image. Most of our founding fathers understood that. If we, and our leaders, are left unchecked to our devises, we will and are imploding on ourselves. “He who stands for nothing will fall for everything.

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