Bill's objective: Restore freedom, reduce persecution

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Freedom of Religion buttonChristians suffering for their faith in America could see some relief coming their way if Congress and the federal court system cooperate.

Congress is being given the opportunity to again consider the First Amendment Defense Act, which would restore religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. Travis Weber of Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow that problems people of faith are experiencing stem from legalization of unnatural marriage, and under current law there are serious difficulties.

Weber explains that at present, organizations contracting or receiving grants from the government may be pressured into providing or facilitating same-sex "marriage." In fact, the government might remove their tax-exempt status because of their beliefs on marriage. He says many groups and businesses have paid a price for standing strong in their faith.

Weber

"Catholic Charities [was] being forced out of working with governments in Massachusetts, Illinois, and DC because they wouldn't compromise their beliefs on marriage," Weber says. "[They decided they] can't place adoptive children with couples of two moms and two dads because it's just against their beliefs."

Other examples include Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired for a self-published book about sin that mentioned homosexuality, and wedding vendors who have been punished for standing true to God's definition of marriage.

The First Amendment Defense Act (HR 2802) opens with this statement: "Prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

HR 2802 was first introduced by Rep. Paul Labrador (R-ID) in June 2015. If Congress passes the act, President Donald Trump has said he will sign it.

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