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First Amendment Defense Act

Today, AMAC proudly delivered letters of support to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) for their bicameral bills entitled, the “First Amendment Defense Act.”  In response to the Supreme Court’s judicial activism in last week’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which altered the definition of marriage in America, AMAC believes it is critical that Congress act to safeguard religious liberty through legislation.  The “First Amendment Defense Act” seeks to do this by preventing the government from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.  For example, this bill would prohibit the IRS from stripping a church of its tax exemption for refusing to officiate same-sex weddings.  AMAC continues to support and advocate on behalf of traditional marriage, while working to protect the First Amendment rights of all Americans.  We appreciate Senator Lee and Representative Labrador’s leadership on this issue, and we pledge to staunchly defend and protect religious liberty at all costs.

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July 2, 2015

The Honorable Mike Lee
U.S. Senate
361A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Lee,

I am writing today on behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, to offer our unwavering support for your bill, S. 1598, the “First Amendment Defense Act.” This significant, timely piece of legislation seeks to protect individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government retaliation.

The “First Amendment Defense Act” would rightly prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Thus, as an example, S. 1598 would prohibit the IRS from stripping a church of its tax exemption for refusing to officiate same-sex weddings.

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, AMAC believes it is critical that Congress take immediate action to safeguard religious liberty. We cannot allow the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage to be used to justify the intimidation or penalization of individuals, associations, and businesses that hold that marriage is a union between a man and woman. AMAC remains strongly committed to defending the Constitution – especially Americans’ First Amendment rights – and we must continue to do everything we can to protect this right of conscience.

Like many Americans, AMAC is deeply concerned about the future of the country and the judicial activism and overreach displayed by the Supreme Court last week. For this reason, AMAC believes that this bill is an essential first step in ensuring that the federal government does not attempt to erode Americans’ First Amendment rights under the guise of marriage equality. Thanks to your consistent leadership on this issue and your concern for religious liberty, AMAC is proud to support S. 1598, the “First Amendment Defense Act.”

Sincerely,
Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC

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July 2, 2015

The Honorable Raul Labrador
1st District, Idaho
1523 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Labrador,

I am writing today on behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, to offer our unwavering support for your bill, H.R. 2802, the “First Amendment Defense Act.” This significant, timely piece of legislation seeks to protect individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government retaliation.

The “First Amendment Defense Act” would rightly prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Thus, as an example, H.R. 2802 would prohibit the IRS from stripping a church of its tax exemption for refusing to officiate same-sex weddings.

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, AMAC believes it is critical that Congress take immediate action to safeguard religious liberty. We cannot allow the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage to be used to justify the intimidation or penalization of individuals, associations, and businesses that hold that marriage is a union between a man and woman. AMAC remains strongly committed to defending the Constitution – especially Americans’ First Amendment rights – and we must continue to do everything we can to protect this right of conscience.

Like many Americans, AMAC is deeply concerned about the future of the country and the judicial activism and overreach displayed by the Supreme Court last week. For this reason, AMAC believes that this bill is an essential first step in ensuring that the federal government does not attempt to erode Americans’ First Amendment rights under the guise of marriage equality. Thanks to your consistent leadership on this issue and your concern for religious liberty, AMAC is proud to support H.R. 2802, the “First Amendment Defense Act.”

Sincerely,
Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC


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Janet Beedy
6 years ago

There needs to be total separation of church and state. It is what our founding fathers wanted. They put it in the constitution. Religion has no place in politics !!!

Christa Melnyczenko
6 years ago

First of all may I say how free Americans are to believe in there own religion as they choose.
Each of us hold our belief deep within us, to strengthen us in our understanding on right and wrong.

There is a reason we have separation between our Religous rights and the Government. The leaders of this country are voted on by all people to work for us! To keep our nation free and equal for all. Each state votes for there own choice for Mayor, Govenor and leaders to represent us in Congress. We choose who is going to run this country.

The sad part of all this is how the Republicans totally disrespect our Constitution by using Religion to brainwash us..
Our beliefs are being manipulated for their selfish gain!

This unconstitutional agenda they use for there own plan has nothing to do with “God”, and everything to do with taking our freedoms away and “God” help us if they succeed!!!

Harriet Stone
6 years ago

There’s a reason it’s the First Amendment. The intent is crystal clear in that separation of church and State is not up for debate.

Joan Dorish
6 years ago

Keep religion out of politics, period!!!

Elli Canterbury
6 years ago

No need for this law. If a business is open to the public, then it serves ALL of the public. Your religious beliefs do not trump anyone else’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Gary Downing
6 years ago

I agree this bill is only a means of allowing religion to have an opening to stop who every they want from entering their church, or business. It’s a way for religion to get more religious issues run past our congress to be voted into law…

Nita Watier
6 years ago

fully agree…keep religion out of my government

David Pearson
6 years ago

There is a reason for our Founding Father left out the word “GOD” in our constitution… We have many religions in our country such as Christian, Judaism, Islams and 100’s of other religions. And of course, non-religions such as atheism and agnosticism.

Our government who is own by WE THE PEOPLE is for ALL citizens of the United states. Not just Christians. To respect all Citizens of our country, Religions need to stay out of our government.

Please respect ALL Americans and don’t force religion on people.

David Pearson

Linda Bowen
6 years ago

In this country we have separation of church and state! You can practice any religion you want, but you CAN’T use your religion to create laws. If you don’t know that then you need to take some time to read our constitution and learn something. You can be for or against anything you want, but you have absolutely NO right to push your beliefs on anyone else. Keep your religion, bigotry and hate in your church or in your home or even voice them in public if you so desire, but keep your religion out of our laws. It doesn’t belong there!!!!

Gary Downing
6 years ago
Reply to  Linda Bowen

So many don’t seem to understand that if religion creates our laws, we will have a new Middle East in North America.

Marsha Denner
6 years ago

Religion is a personal matter that is your relationship with whatever you choose it to be. Imposing religious views of your own is not what is intended. Our forefathers specifically wanted religion and state separated so that all people were welcome to this country and could worship as they chose to do so. Now in the 21st century we are suddenly faced with a group of legislators that are imposing their own religious views on all of the citizens of the USA, regardless of the citizens choice. Obviously, they have not read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights or do not understand what they have read.

Larry Reynolds
6 years ago

either public officials do their jobs or they resign!! don;t like a law… tough!~!

josephine davis
6 years ago

I totally agree with , Mr Gary Downing ,, there is a law of separation of church n state we demand it to stay that way , the government isn’t married to the church n the church isn’t married to the government, so get out of her bed , we demand you follow the law of separation of church and state

josephine davis
6 years ago

I agree with Mr Gary Downing, keep the so called church out of the government, n keep the government out of our churches , these two has never been married , so stop acting like we are , we the people demand , the separation of church and state , we demand it ,

Gary Downing
6 years ago

IN OUR NATION WE HAVE WHAT IS CALLED, A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
Religions over the years have felt that it is there right to have laws built around their religious beliefs.. I disagree…

The Constitution is something a few of you really need to understand much better.

Our Bill of Rights protects our liberties and self Government.

In our Constitution and it’s amendments YOU WILL NOT FIND THE WORD GOD.

God was not what created our Nation it was men who had a mind of removing religious control from their lives, which had been placed upon them by England.

America wanted to be Independent and Free. They wanted a land where they could experience the religion they believed with out intervention of any other religion.

They knew they would never have it until they got rid of England, and King George III.

President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 wrote a letter to a religious group in Connecticut, which was published in a Massachusetts news paper shortly after. In this letter he referenced the First Amendment, of our Constitution.

This is what that letter said:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State

Over the years research has given me some advantage of knowing what our Constitution says and means.

(You, yourself can find information like this by searching for Church and State and the meaning.)

Please note the very first part of the 1st Amendment, says, ” CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION. ” This means our Government will not create a law that has anything to do with your religion, allowing you to worship what you want and how you want.

However I am one that seems to think that today maybe we should have a law that relates to all religions saying all churches should pay taxes for opening their mouths about our laws. Our nation was not built on your religion, no matter what that religion is. Issues from your church are not issues that should be taken under consideration by our Government. All peoples rights no matter who or what they are and believe need to be respected.

Abortion for one, is a religious issue, and a personal issue that should be something only a woman can make a call on. Being a personal issue and a religious issue our politicians of today should not be discussing it. Our politicians of today should not discuss any issues of religion while dealing with Government issues or bills.

The very next part of that Amendment says, the Government will not prohibit the free exercise there of, which means the Government will not walk into your church and tell you what you can preach.

It also means you have the right to believe what you feel is right, without other religions telling you, you can’t. It is a protection for you. Keep religion in your church, in your home and in your heart.

Your religion is not my religion, not the religion of my neighbors and not the religion of so many others. It is only what you believe, so stop promoting it..

It is called a Separation of church and state for a reason.

When someone tries to tell others what our Constitution means, they should first read it. Then if they don’t really understand it they should find some one who does and ask questions.

Gary Downing

Linda Bowen
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary Downing

Well said Gary!!! I totally agree!!!

Donna Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary Downing

So well said Gary. On the internet you will find one article that has nothing but quotes from 50 different Presidents supporting separation of Church and State. Why there is tax exemption for Church/Religion makes no sense to me in the first place. THERE NEEDS TO BE TOTAL CHURCH AND GOVERNMENT SEPARATION…with all the different religions now in this country, it only makes it easier for separation to allow the relations to grow as they choose. Freedom gives them choice….THERE IS NO ONE RELIGION IN THIS COUNTRY that is better than the other….different yes, better no.

EH
6 years ago
Reply to  Donna Martin

Gary, three questions to you and all the others that agree with him.

1) You’ve pointed out that God is not in the constitution. Where specifically does the word church appear in the constitution?

2) IF I own a business and my religion is the belief that Dogs are supreme beings and I worship Dogs, would I have the right to refuse my services to a blind individual, being led by a Dog, in my place of business? I worship Dogs and a person coming into my place of business is offending me by bringing in a Dog on a leach.

3) Do you want the government to force me to serve the blind person in question 2? If the government forces me by law, isn’t the government “prohibiting the free exercise thereof”?

I’m interested in your take because you’ve done so much research into the constitution.

Ivan Berry
7 years ago

Under proper tax provisions, there would be no tax exempt anything. More mischief is done by tax exempt trusts and foundations than all the good done by any tax exempt church or charity. So long as operating expenses were expensed, all would be fairer.

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