No American required to leave religious beliefs at the door

Posted July 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

Good Day,

The United States Supreme Court issued its historic ruling in the Hobby Lobby/ Conestoga Wood religious freedoms First Amendment case – a victory for religious rights in this country.

I am extremely pleased that the High Court upheld one of our fundamental Constitutional freedoms – the First Amendment right to practice our religious beliefs without government forcing us to abandon those beliefs for political reasons.

The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood, made it clear they do not want the government to force them to buy abortion-inducing drugs as part of their companies’ healthcare plans – something they find morally objectionable and an affront to their religious beliefs. This government mandate would have trampled on America’s deeply held tradition respecting the freedom of conscience. Companies like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and others providing health coverage to their employees will be allowed to continue to do so without having to aid in those practices that they find morally objectionable. The Supreme Court has left no doubt that no American is required to leave religious beliefs at the door when he or she opens a family business. I applaud this ruling that upholds America’s Constitutional rights and freedoms.

Days in the district have given me a chance to visit with the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. Over the past couple of weeks I have attended Chamber of Commerce meetings in Osceola and Lamar, stopped in at a local business – Candlelight Creations – in Weaubleau, visited About Our Kids – a program for youth in Lamar, met with workers at the Barton County Electric Cooperative in Lamar, had lunch and conversation with farmers in Lockwood, listened to citizens’ concerns at a “Congress and coffee” event in Hermitage, and toured Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland – a destination for racing fans throughout the Midwest and beyond.

As I have said many times, the best ideas come from the good people of our district whose well-thought-out logic is much needed in Washington. I always enjoy hearing the common-sense ideas of the citizens of MO-4 and look forward to taking those ideas back to DC with me next week.

As Americans, we are proud to embrace the belief that ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ As we celebrate our liberties, we must remember to thank the brave men and women who have fought valiantly and died for the freedoms we enjoy, and I encourage all Americans to pray for the safety of those who serve and who continue to preserve our freedoms.

God has truly blessed this land. We thank Him for the blessings He has bestowed upon us and renew ourselves to the enduring principles of faith, family, and freedom.