An Open Letter to the State of Georgia

 

I personally stand with you and commend you for your stand for the First Amendment to our Constitution. I personally stand with you and commend you for your stand against any and all attacks against the First Amendment to our Constitution.

The State of Georgia though its Constitutional exercise of its state’s rights has said this about HB 757:

“The bill assures clergy that they will not be required to perform any marriage which violates their faith. HB 757 further protects churches, synagogues and other places of worship as well as religious organizations from being required by state or local government to host an event which violates their religious doctrine.  Businesses and employees are also protected from any ordinance which might require them to be open or work on a day of rest (Saturday or Sunday).

“Additionally, faith based organizations will not be required to rent, lease, or grant permission for property to be used by another person for purposes which are objectionable to the religious organization. HB 757 also provides that faith based organizations will not be required to provide social, educational, or charitable services that violate that faith based organization’s religious beliefs, or be required to hire persons whose religious beliefs are not in accordance with the faith based organization’s religious beliefs.

“Under HB 757, the government cannot substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a law, rule, regulation, ordinance, unless it demonstrates that the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of achieving that interest. Finally, HB 757 waives sovereign immunity to the extent to enforce these rights and protections.”

The State of Georgia has taken no moral stand for or against homosexuality or any related sexual preferences. What it has said is that the First Amendment to the Constitution protects religion from the State, not the State from religion. What this means is that the State cannot define religion or how one believes or how one practices those beliefs (except in very narrow instances) and that the State cannot punish those beliefs and practices. Given today’s political correctness the First Amendment most likely would not pass into law, but law it is.

The State, through  judges who are not legislators, has ruled that everyone must participate in and celebrate a behavior that one’s religious faith does not accept as moral or equal to other and different behaviors. To not agree to this participation places that person or persons in jeopardy of punishment by the State. It also places one in legal jeopardy, as we have seen now numerous times. And the reason they are in legal jeopardy is because the State has redefined for itself the meaning of the First Amendment.

The citizens of Georgia through their state representatives have declared that citizens are protected by the First Amendment and are not liable to the State or to groups who would punish them for their religious stand.

Radicals in the LBGT movement, and those who have bought into political correctness for whatever reasons, don’t like this because they believe they determine what others should do according to their personal beliefs. So along comes the NFL threatening to take away from Georgia any consideration for holding the Super Bowl, though it says nothing about the football team already there. Then comes Marvel and Disney who believe their social beliefs trump other’s social and religious beliefs and are threatening to pull their business from Georgia. They have the free right to do this, as I have the free right to cease purchasing any tickets to their movies and purchase of any of their merchandise because they have threatened the free exercise of a State’s right and the free exercise of religion.