Today a House committee heard a bill that would protect people of faith from government discrimination. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee heard the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).
Last summer when the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage, Justice Samuel Alito asked Donald Verrilli, solicitor general, whether such action might lead to a Christian college or university losing its tax exempt status if it believed marriage to be between one man and one woman.
“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli answered. “I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”
Now one year later, we have even more examples of infringement on religious freedoms. And lawmakers are trying once again to pass FADA.
“Our government was charged with protecting the religious freedom of its people,” said Autumn Leva, policy director at Family Policy Alliance. “No American should be shunned by their own government for believing in God’s design for marriage as our country did for decades before the Supreme Court’s decision.”
House leadership will bring a pro-life conscience protection act to the floor for a vote Wednesday. S 304, the Conscience Protection Act (CPA), would stop the government from discriminating against those who do not wish to be forced to take part in abortion.
CPA is needed because the Department of Health and Human Services has refused to investigate violations of existing federal law that protects conscience.
“Conscience is about choice,” said David Christensen of the Family Research Council. “Health-care professionals should not be forced to engage in abortion against their will, and that includes churches and others who purchase health insurance. CPA is about basic fairness for everyone and is a key pro-life priority.”