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Religious Liberty

WHEREAS, the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution proclaims, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” which protects the right to choose religious beliefs and the right to “exercise" or practice those beliefs; and

WHEREAS, despite guarantees in the U.S. Constitution, recent social and legal trends are threatening Freedom of Religion by erroneously interpreting the First Amendment to mean freedom from religion. Religion needs protection from the state, not the other way around; and

WHEREAS, Americans have a Constitutional right and duty to exercise their religion, to vote their consciences on public issues, and to participate in elections and in debates in the public square. These are the rights of all citizens, religious or not;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party supports the right of institutions, businesses, and individuals to refuse services that are inconsistent with their individual rights, religious tenets and that would infringe upon their freedom of conscience of religious expression as stated in the First Amendment. We believe it is our duty to protect that right by ensuring that no one is forced by the government to violate their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party calls on the Wyoming legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation to protect said free exercise of religion and prohibit individuals and businesses from being forced to participate in activities contrary to their religious convictions and conscience, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that religious leaders have the right to express their political views to their congregations without penalty or loss of 501.c3 classification.


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