Politicians, Marriage & Religious Liberty

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When I’m out of politics I’m going to run a business; it’ll be called rent-a-spine.
Margaret Thatcher

In March I wrote SCOTUS Hearings Silent On Marriage & Religious Liberty. Last week Brietbart News reported, GOP’s Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Silent on Religious Liberty:

Breitbart News sent the following questions on non-discrimination ordinances to these Republicans [Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)] and have yet to receive a response from their offices.:

Should business within the wedding/marriage industry be protected from lawsuits resulting from a refusal to service same-sex couples at wedding halls, photography services, catering, etc.?

Should Catholic adoption agencies be forced to include same sex couples when a baby is up for adoption?

Should Christian marriage therapists lose their jobs or licenses b/c they refuse to see same sex couples?

Should children in public schools be mandated to learn about homosexuality, when the parents do not think it is appropriate to be taught?

Where does the member stand on the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA)?

Constitution of the United StatesThe Congressional Oath of Office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The First Amendment:

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 peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Oath:

a solemn pronouncement to affirm the truth of a statement or to pledge a person to some course of action, often involving a sacred being or object as witness1

Spineless:

lacking strength of character, resolution, or courage2

The continued silence of these members of Congress indicates they have neither the integrity nor courage to uphold their oath of office or to resign. Pulling away all the wrappings of their verbal obfuscation, silence on the First Amendment is complicity in the denial of the First Amendment.
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Top Margaret Thatcher quote via Allen West.
1“oath.” Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 11 Apr. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/oath>.
2“spineless.” Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 11 Apr. 2013. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spineless>.

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