Dear GOP Lawmaker,
Word on the street says there are many backroom deals happening between your leadership, big business, and lobbyists to discuss the agenda of the upcoming legislative session. Some have even hinted at a potential compromise from the GOP.
The topic? <<cue the moral preening>> “It’s time.” It’s time to pass the famous anti-discrimination (aka SOGI) law in Indiana to prove we are Kumbaya singing, tolerant, relevant lawmakers who are not afraid to hop on the politically correct fad bandwagon.
The goal? <<cue music to “Money, Money, Money”>> To see how close to the line we can get to make both sides happy and save our political back sides.
So what is the problem? That’s the million dollar question! It’s been said there is a problem with discrimination in our state. It’s been said we are an unwelcoming state. We must show Indiana is open for business, and we must do it NOW. However, this is where the confusion arises. Our rights are ALREADY clearly spelled out in the Declaration of Independence when Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Now because Indiana is now owned by big money and liberal media outlets, you want to create a special protected class and put Hoosiers of faith in the direct line of fire. What a far cry from the campaign trail when you boldly told us how much you loved our Constitution and liberty. We bought it and elected you. We didn’t realize what you REALLY meant by liberty was:
- Liberty that you “allowed.”
- Liberty that you “legislated.”
- Corporate liberty, not Individual liberty.
That’s what you really meant when standing behind your campaign podium. The Indiana Legislature needs to remember that the People–through their representatives, created the Federal Government. The State did not create the individual. Talks of the “Utah compromise” (a joke), amendments and crumbs tossed to your evangelical voters are not going to fly this time. Why? Because your constituents know the Constitution. They know what individual liberty means, and they know if you even consider voting in favor of a SOGI (0r any form of a SOGI), you’ve been sold to the highest bidder.
There is NO compromise, NO amendment, NO “fix” to the First Amendment. For over 200 years, we’ve lived with the luxury of religious freedom and freedom of conscience, and we are not about to give that up now. Not on our watch!
The Indiana Constitution that you took an oath to defend and uphold against all foreign and domestic enemies says the following:
Section 2 says, All people shall be secured in the natural right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences. Section 3 says in regards to freedom of religious opinions: No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience. (Emphasis mine)
In spite of the left’s talking points, the reality is this: ALL Hoosiers already enjoy EQUAL protection under the law. It states this very clearly in our 14th amendment. By caving to big business, you are compromising your values needlessly.
When you fiddle with the Constitution by defining what rights we are “allowed” to have, and by granting special privileges to special groups, (including pastors), you in turn erase entire portions of the Constitution. What you are attempting to do under the guise of political correctness is unconstitutional.
Each HOOSIER has individual liberty Mr. Lawmaker. Each HOOSIER has the right of conscience. Each Hoosier has the right to live out his/her faith in the public square without the constraints and the dictates of the Government. We have already been granted that right.
We don’t need your permission.
There is no “fix, law, or clarification” needed to the Indiana Constitution.
Passing a “law” that would “allow” churches and religious organizations to be exempt is not Constitutional. It may make you feel better about accepting money from the lobbyist who you “think” put you in office, and it may save you from some political bullying that will come from the left, but it does not negate what our founders of our country and state have already given to us.
No law you create will change the minds of people who hold religious convictions. In fact if you pass a law that’s counter to my faith as you intend to do this year, may I give you our response? It comes directly from Daniel 3 verse 16. Feel free to look up the actual verse, but I am going to personalize it just for you.
Oh Indiana lawmaker, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If you try and remove our liberty, if you throw us into the furnace of political correctness, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand. Oh Mr Speaker, but even if He does not, we want you to know Indiana General Assembly, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of political correctness you have set up.
You see Mr. Lawmaker, as a person of faith, I do not change my convictions based on any man-made law or edict that goes counter to what my God commands in scripture. People of faith simply will NOT compromise when it comes to their convictions or protecting religious freedom. We will NOT compromise when it comes to living out the values taught by our Creator. Kim Davis has been a shining example of this courage. We don’t change based on which way the political wind blows, the latest polling data, or how the media tells our culture to live.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego gave us an incredible example of this courage.
The three young men didn’t step aside for an emergency meeting to try and get on the same emotional page and then present a formal statement. We also don’t get the feeling from the text that they prepared their defense prior to being dragged before the king. For people with true conviction, certain decisions have already been made. “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.” No amount of discussion would change one simple fact; they would not bow. No matter what. — Beth Moore, Daniel Study
The question has already been answered. Pre-determined. We won’t change our belief system, but we can change our lawmakers, and that is exactly what will happen if you continue down this path. We don’t care if you are Democrat OR Republican. Quite frankly, we are finished talking about “Political Realities.” We demand courage.
There are things we will compromise on… the color of the carpet for example. Maybe even some fiscal issues… Religious freedom is NOT one of them.
A super-majority without courage is no super-majority at all.
I want to close with a final thought. To our courageous lawmakers who understand what the Constitution says and means…To the brave lawmaker who took his/her oath of office to defend and protect the Constitution at all odds at its word, I want you to know, we see you. We know you are standing, and we commit to hold up your arms when the politically correct wind begins to blow and you grow weary. In this world of “tolerism” that only tolerates those who believe a certain way, we know how hard it is to stand…and we thank you.
We have your back and we will join you from all around the state on November 17th to cheer you on.