Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Religious Freedom

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
This is how an Orthodox politician should speak, standing up for what is right unlike Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and a Greek Orthodox Christian, Sen. Snowe, who announced her retirement last week, voted down the Blunt Amendment to restore Religious Liberty in US.  Sen. Snowe voted against the Church on this one.  Here is a statement made by Rep. Issa:

Date: Feb. 16, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Americans of all faiths have a right to practice their religion free from the fear of persecution or harassment from their government. Our nation’s founders believed this and enshrined religious freedom into the First Amendment to the Constitution.

While some Americans may not feel that government mandates forcing them to pay for contraception are an infringement on their religious beliefs, others consider it to be an assault against their freedom of conscience. A government policy that encroaches on the conscientious objections of religious groups concerns all Americans who value the protections of the First Amendment. Today, the committee will hear testimony from leaders of different faiths. They are concerned that government, under this Administration, is encroaching on their First Amendment rights.

The Administration’s actions have forced us to confront a more fundamental question about the proper role of government in our lives.

This hearing is about basic question of religious freedom, and whether or not protection will be afforded to religious institutions who wish to follow their conscience in refusing to pay for products they find morally objectionable. I look forward to hearing from today’s witnesses.

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  1. i applaud this brave man.
    unfortunitly to many games are played from these senators.most who are to retire or not up for re election this year will vote on the side of desent,while those who are top be re elected vote the safe ways so they can be re elected.
    all of my sen. from conn. voted in favor of this bill,depressing isn't it.

  2. "Americans of all faiths have a right to practice their religion free from the fear of persecution or harassment from their government. Our nation's founders believed this and enshrined religious freedom into the First Amendment to the Constitution."

    But Issa and the Conservatives are exempt? Seems you are PUSHING your religious beliefs on the rest of America.

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