America is a country with religious liberty, tremendous freedom, and proud people. We fight for what’s right, defend the vulnerable, and believe everyone has a right to pursue the American dream. This, of course, includes the right to religious liberty. Now, Jeff Sessions is standing up for the rights of God-fearing Christians by creating a “religious task force” to ensure our rights are protected.
• Religious liberty is critical to American freedom. We learned first-hand how dangerous the world can become without it in WWII, as Hitler rounded up millions of Jewish people. You would think we would know better than to hand over the right to religious liberty.
• But over the last few years, it feels like something has changed: our religious liberty is slowly being stripped away. More and more often, we’re hearing about cases where faithful Americans are forced to break their faith. That’s not freedom, it’s bullying.
• Sessions’ new plan is aimed at protecting religious liberty for Christians who are currently under fire from the left. It will “ensure all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how [they] conduct [their] operations.”
• Why is this important? Primarily, because religious freedom is becoming easier and easier to strip away through the legal system. Christians are being forced to break religious rules by baking for gay couples, tolerating radical Islam, and allowing people to dictate when, where, and how we worship or celebrate God, even in the presence of dangerous ideals.
• But Sessions’ new plan doesn’t stop at just protecting businesses from harm; it also directs the government to “respect and protect religious liberty and political speech” in everything it does. After all, what good is religious liberty if you can’t exercise your faith without someone using the justice system against you when they disagree?
• Like many of us, Jeff Sessions sees the need to reaffirm exactly why we’re “one nation under God.” At the announcement, he talked a bit about seeing anti-faith legislation under the guise of human rights laws weaponized.
• “We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives,” he said. “…U.S. senators [have asked] judicial and executive branch nominees about dogma—even though the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test for public office.”
• The new plan contains a total of 20 fundamental principles ranging from the definition of liberty through the fact that liberty can, and must, also include the right to act or abstain. It also indicates that government intervention is the equivalent of taking someone’s religious freedom away.
• “The Constitution’s protections don’t end at the parish parking lot,” said Sessions, “…nor can our freedoms be confined to our basements.” “Religious Americans are no longer an afterthought.”