Rep. Randy Forbes: Religious Freedom Becoming ‘Second Tier’ Right

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Weekly Washington Updates
Congressman Randy Forbes

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) believes that religious freedom is becoming a “second tier” right in the United States.

Forbes was interviewed recently by BreakPoint and noted:

The whole purpose of freedom of speech is that you can say what you want to say. . . . That [freedom] works for pornography, TV . . . but when it comes to faith, they come down with a sledge hammer. When the Constitution was first written, the government was not going to stop you from expressing your faith. Now, if what you say offends anybody, we will punish you if it relates to faith. If it’s related to vulgarity, obscenity, or whatever, it is okay. . . .

When you read Jefferson, he was saying that we didn’t want the church telling the government what to do. And Jefferson was very clear the government was not going to tell individuals what they had to believe or do.

Rep. Forbes mentioned that Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his Defense of Marriage Act ruling, called those of us who believe in traditional marriage as “mean-spirited.” “Gay” rights trumps religious freedom and free speech in Kennedy’s mind.

Forbes continued: When the government says, “You can believe whatever you want, but you will be penalized if you exercise those beliefs,” we have entered dangerous territory. We cannot allow a religious litmus test to determine who may participate in American life.

There are two realities. One reality is, there is an effort to push Christians out of the marketplace of ideas. The other reality is that a lot of Christians [voluntarily] walked out of the marketplace of ideas. They have to get back in.

Read more of Rep. Forbes’ interview with BreakPoint: Is Religious Freedom a Second-Tier Right?


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