Reflections on Easter and Religious Liberties

April 17, 2019

From: Buncombe GOP
To: Buncombe County Republicans and Our Partners in Good Governance
Subject: Religious Liberties – Please consider sharing with your contact list…

For many people of faith, Easter stands as pivotal day of reflection, celebration and worship. It is also a fitting time to remember the importance and fragility of our religious liberties. More specifically, if you are a person of faith, you may be interested in the stark difference in the Republican and Democratic National Platforms on your liberties.

The GOP Platform prioritizes religious liberty. In fact, the very first paragraph of our Preamble is devoted to the U.S. Constitution and its priority dedication to religious freedom—

“We are the party of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Declaration sets forth the fundamental precepts of American government: That God bestows certain inalienable rights on every individual, thus producing human equality; that government exists first and foremost to protect those inalienable rights; that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights; and that if God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail; that there is a moral law recognized as “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”; and that American government is to operate with the consent of the governed. We are also the party of the Constitution, the greatest political document ever written. It is the solemn compact built upon principles of the Declaration that enshrines our God-given individual rights and ensures that all Americans stand equal before the law, defines the purposes and limits of government, and is the blueprint for ordered liberty that makes the United States the world’s freest and most prosperous nation.”

Contrast this extraordinarily courageous language with the Democratic Platform statement—

“We support a progressive vision of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.”

Yes, that’s it – code for “we worship big government and the things of man and want you religious zealots – per patterned behavior, that means Christians – to please get out of the way.

Republicans should be proud that their party has the courage to stand on The Bill of Rights – whereby the very first freedom it seeks to protect is religious freedom. The language is clear – “Congress (the law-making body of our nation) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

We live in a nation guided by a Constitutional compass dedicated to freedom of religion – not freedom from religion. If you hold similar priorities, may we suggest that now is the time to strengthen your association with the American political movement that understands the crucial differences between the things of God and the things of man.

In service,

Carl Mumpower, Chair

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