Democrats Ann Kuster and Chris Pappas are co-sponsors of legislation that would ease religious liberty and force private individuals to support messages contrary to their faith.
HR5 kills several first amendment birds with one stone. The law so enacted, contrary to the Congress’ “shall make no law abridging” clause, would require business owners (among other things) to participate in gay marriage by prohibiting their right to say no.
Greg Baylor, director of the Center for Religious Schools, explains.
“Like similar state and local laws that have been used to prosecute cake artist Jack Phillips and florist Barronelle Stutzman, this federal law would force Americans to participate in events and speak messages that violate their core beliefs,” Baylor said. “Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a diverse society like ours.”
Democrats like to talk about tolerance and diversity, but HB5 and the force it employs prove points I’ve made for years. Whatever your ism or class or political identity if you do not carry the Left’s water you should have no rights.
Kuster and Pappas have signed on to legislation whose first purpose is to ensure that Congress shall and will make laws that abridge religious freedom, rights to association, assembly, speech, and even press. Does anyone honestly believe they will stop with this?
And, no, it makes no difference whether the bill has any chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President. They’ve laid down the gauntlet. What they want is more important than your right to disagree with them (or any Constitutional restraint); they mean to use the force of government to bend you to their will.
If not with this Congress or this President, then the next.