I have a dream.
I have a dream that I will wake up one day in a country where we don’t have to go to court or pass a law to protect our fundamental natural rights—from the government.
I have a dream of a place where elected officials have so much regard for the Constitution that they memorize it like Scripture, in order to not sin against it.
I have a dream about a country where it doesn’t matter if you are on the right or the left, because you have so much respect for the freedoms you were given that you’d do nothing to put those liberties at risk.
If you told me that America in 2015 was such a place, I’d have to say, “April Fools” and go back to sleep.
Unfortunately, the joke is on us.
States have been forced to pass laws in order to protect the First Amendment right of Americans to practice their faith and believe as they choose—if they happen to own a certain type of business.
The fact that new laws are necessary to uphold a fundamental right is a travesty.
And it is a sign of how far we’ve fallen from the Founders’ vision of a nation where the government kept its hands off your business, your religion and your rights.
Regardless of the politics of this embarrassing charade playing out in Indiana and other states, the stakes couldn’t be higher. This battle isn’t about a gay person’s right to be served; this fight is about whether a gay rights activist can use the government and the courts to coerce someone into doing something that violates their faith.
That takes this out of the bedroom and puts this debate squarely into the realm of the Constitution. After all, does a woman who wants an abortion have the right to demand that a “pro-life” gynecologist perform it? No. That would violate that doctor’s faith. Does the woman lose the legal right to obtain an abortion if one doctor refuses to perform it? No. She simply has to find an abortionist.
It’s not rocket science. It’s about respecting the diverse range of religious belief that makes up America.
And to think the left is always harping about “diversity”—but that’s only as long as you agree with them.
Written by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY
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