The Stream | Vote Like the First Amendment Is on the Nov. 3 Ballot — It Is

There are sincere people on all sides of the political spectrum that love this country dearly and want the best for its citizens. I know this because I’m close friends with Americans who hold entirely different points of view when it comes to what they expect of their government. They often agree on the problems while disagreeing on the solutions.

I truly believe Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, can peacefully coexist alongside one another. Bipartisanship isn’t only possible; it is required in America.

Our Founders brilliantly created a society that demands robust and diverse debate and requires compromise in order to make progress. It’s what the Bible describes as “iron sharpening iron.”

Yet there’s an emergent movement, one incompatible with my harmonious picture of America. It’s incompatible with the very First Amendment of our Constitution.

It’s time for people of faith to draw the proverbial line in the sand.

This November, our First Amendment religious freedoms are literally on the ballot. The free exercise of religion is in jeopardy. Politicians on the left have proven to be more than willing to strip away our religious liberty, and unfortunately many are in denial over this troubling phenomenon.

Abortion and the Hyde Amendment

In Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Pennsylvania, a majority of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that this Catholic charity could not be forced to provide abortifacient birth control against their convictions. It was widely accepted among most reasonable people in America that targeting nuns was un-American and unjust.

Good news, right?

Well, to my astonishment, two of the justices failed to see the basic and fundamental rights of Little Sisters as made clear in the First Amendment.

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