Throughout this Legislative Session, we have continually educated Texans on dangerous bills that seek to override religious freedom. These #BanTheBible “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI) bills have been filed by Democrats. Despite an overwhelming response of over 60,000 messages to elected officials across Texas, we continue to see more of these aggressive bills. Recently, 2 new bills were introduced attacking our freedom to believe in biblical values.
We know that in light of these increased attacks on biblical values at the Texas Legislature and in local governments across Texas, the legislature must act this session to protect religious freedom for all Texans. The recent display of anti-Christian intolerance and bigotry by the San Antonio City Council on Chick-fil-A for its support of biblical values and Christian ministries, only further underscores why the legislature must act this session.
Understanding this, we are excited that Faith & Family Champion Rep. Bill Zedler has introduced The Free to Believe Act (HB 1035) and that Faith & Family Champions Sen. Bryan Hughes and Rep. Matt Krause have introduced The First Amendment Defense Act (SB 1978/HB 3172).
These religious freedom bills would help ensure the government cannot punish individual Texans, religious groups, businesses, counselors, medical providers, wedding vendors, or state employees for their sincerely held religious beliefs on marriage and human sexuality. Believing the Bible and living out your faith should never get you fined, jailed, or in any other way punished!
The Texas Legislature must:
Ensure wedding vendors, similar to Christian cake baker Jack Phillips, will not be forced by the government to use their talents to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Protect Christian-owned businesses, like Chick-fil-A, from government discrimination because of their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Protect Christian counselors so they can continue to use biblical principles to help individuals and families.
Protect faith-based homeless shelters from being forced to allow men into women’s sleeping quarters.
Protect churches and religious organizations from being forced to surrender their buildings in a way that would violate the church/organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
Protect individuals and medical providers from being forced to participate in "sex-change" operations that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
In summary, the government shouldn’t be banning biblical beliefs with #BanTheBible bills, but instead ensuring all Texans are #FreetoBelieve! Take action to contact your State Representative and State Senator in support of The Free to Believe Act and the First Amendment Defense Act to protect religious freedom for all Texans.
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