Protecting Your Right to Worship

December 17

Every New Year brings a sense of hope and optimism. After a 2020 that brought a seeming onslaught of challenges, rounding into 2021, in many ways, will bring a renewed sense of opportunity and possibility.

For us at Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, it means the legislative session is set to begin – bringing with it a host of opportunities to strengthen our state.

And, while many would like for you to believe that Georgia’s best days are in the rear view, we have big plans for session, for godly legislation, and our state as a whole.

As we prepare to turn the page on 2020, we want to learn from the events of this last year. Across the country, we have seen what civil liberties are at stake when leftist leaders force shut downs and bestow fear in the name of “safety.”

We have been told all year that it is not safe or responsible for us to worship in church but are perfectly fine to gather in large groups in protests and riots. In many states, the pandemic has been overtly used as a vehicle with which to assault faith and undermine our most basic rights.

Thankfully, Governor Kemp and the leadership here in Georgia have largely refused mandates and done more to preserve freedom with our COVID response than perhaps any other state.

Other states have not been so fortunate.

We at Family Policy Alliance of Georgia® know the importance of congregated, corporate worship and how vital church community is. We are granted the freedom of religion by the Constitution and hope to protect that right this upcoming session.

One of our legislative goals is to pass legislation that will limit the ability of a government to infringe on the right to worship in churches in the case of a state emergency declaration.

The situation of our state – or the politics at any given time – should not determine the importance of our faith and neither should a mayor, governor, or president. While our religious freedom has been protected in recent years, we must be prepared for the day when a government might abuse its power.

There has not been a time in my life where I have needed to be surrounded by a body of believers more than now and I know some of you are feeling that too. Liberals would love to tell us that our faith isn’t essential and churches are dangerous, but we will fight back on those lies and ensure Georgia is protected from those policies in the future.

As Cole mentioned in last week’s email, I’m brand new to the team. I am excited about my first session with FPA of Georgia and look forward to moving us in a direction where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Over the course of this session, we will be working on dozens of bills to achieve that shared purpose.

Thank you for being a part of our family here at FPA of Georgia, and, as I get started, I’m grateful that you’ve chosen to welcome me to the fight!

For Our Faith,

Brittany Ellison
Deputy Director