Exercise of Religion Protection Bill SB 1062 by Site Administrator

Dear Friends of the Constitution Party,

Today we released the following statement in regard to the Constitution Party of Arizona support for freedom of religion.

Constitution Party of Arizona supports Exercise of Religion Protection Bill SB 1062 / HB 2153.

"The Constitution Party of Arizona has taken a stand and supports the controversial legislation recently passed by the Arizona legislature that would protect Arizona businesses and individuals from being forced to take part something that is against their religious beliefs. 

The legislation, SB 1062 and HB 2153, makes important clarifications to the Arizona Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was enacted in 1999, by clarifying that a "person" includes all types of business entities. 

To protect the legislation from abuse, it has wording that requires that in order to assert a free-exercise of religion defense, "the individual, business or church must establish that its action is motivated by a religious belief, that the belief is sincerely held and that the belief is substantially burdened."

The pro-family Constitution Party strongly defends the First Amendment's freedom of religion protection and believes that not only individuals but private business also has a right to refuse to take part in something that violates their religious beliefs and that government has no right to force any private business entity to violate their religious beliefs. 

This legislation now goes to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and the Constitution Party of Arizona does strongly urge her to defend this reasonable protection of freedom of religion and sign this legislation into law."

The fear-mongering from opponents of this legislation displayed in the press and social media proves that the hostility toward people of faith is very real and the increasing use of the power of government to silence pro-family Americans has made this law necessary. 

I beg you to also take a stand for freedom of religion and help the Constitution Party of Arizona continue to fight for traditional family values. 

Every American has the right to live, work and run their own business according to their faith without government interference. 

The Democrat and Republican Parties may change their positions on the issues according to which way the political winds are blowing, but the Constitution Party will never surrender their principles for political advantage. 

 


UPDATE

CONSTITUTION PARTY OF ARIZONA STILL STANDS BY SB 1062.

Since we can't trust the Democrats or the Republicans from giving us the truth regarding SB 1062, I decided to study the bill, line by line, myself.

First, the claim that SB 1062 discriminates against anyone is just nonsense and without any foundation. Redefining what the legislation says does not make it truth, it makes it simply propaganda, which any honest person who reads SB 1062 can clearly see for themselves.

What this legislation does is to extend the religious protection now granted to a religious assembly or institution to individuals and private business.

To protect the legislation from abuse, it also places a substantial burden on those exercising this law as a defense to “ESTABLISH ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. THAT THE PERSON'S ACTION OR REFUSAL TO ACT IS MOTIVATED BY A RELIGIOUS BELIEF.
2. THAT THE PERSON'S RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS SINCERELY HELD.
3. THAT THE STATE ACTION SUBSTANTIALLY BURDENS THE EXERCISE OF THE PERSON'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

In other words, even if a person legitimately wants to use the protection of this legislation, they better be able to afford a good
attorney to protect their religious liberties.

The First Amendment protection against, “PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE” of religion should extent beyond just “a religious assembly or institution,” and include the individual and private business.

The opposition from various commercial interests to this legislation is irrelevant and appears to be by design to win favor with a certain segment of the public. If a business entity has no religious objection to providing a service, this law would not affect them. In fact there should be no opposition to this legislation at all, if one business refuses to cater to a same sex wedding, another will provide the service. Just as a private business has a right to prohibit firearms in their establishment, so too does a person or business have a right to refuse to cater to something that “SUBSTANTIALLY BURDENS THE EXERCISE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.”

Governor Brewer, do the right thing and protect freedom of religion in Arizona, and sign SB 1062 into law.
 


Please help us fight for religious liberty by sending a donation to:

The Constitution Party of Arizona
PO Box 10383
Tempe, AZ 85284
or donate line at
www.azconstitutionparty.com

For God and country,

Bob Haran,
Chairman,
Constitution Party of Arizona

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