We strongly support the right of Iowans to speak freely and to practice religious freedoms as guaranteed to all citizens under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
We understand and embrace the principles inherent in such a declaration—that our rights come from God. They are not bestowed upon us from government. The Florida Faith & Freedom Coalition works to protect the First Amendment rights of Christians and other Americans of faith.
One important recent example from the State of Florida is HB 741, requiring Florida’s schools and colleges now have to treat allegations of anti-Semitism the same as racism. Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill during a trade mission trip to Israel on May 31, 2019.
At the federal level, the Faith & Freedom Coalition is actively engaging the administration and the U.S. Congress to repeal two of the most blatant violations of our religious liberties: the Johnson Amendment and the Obamacare contraceptive/abortifacient mandate.
The Johnson Amendment is an amendment to the U.S. tax code inserted by then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson that prohibited all political speech by churches. This provision has been used by the IRS to intimidate, harass, silence, and persecute churches and ministries for six decades, violating the First Amendment right to political speech among millions of Americans.
The Obamacare mandates violate the religious faith of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based nonprofits. These requirement force people of faith to endure years of litigation, harassment and persecution simply for expressing their religious beliefs.
Faith & Freedom Coalition supports full statutory repeal of the Johnson Amendment in order to restore the right to political speech by pastors, churches and ministries. Likewise, Florida FFC supports legislative repeal of the Obamacare mandates that violate our religious conscience.
We believe that every citizen has the Constitutional right to pray, read the Bible or any religious text, and discuss his or her faith in private and in public, including the public schools of this state.
We support the display of the Ten Commandments and other expressions of faith and doctrine in public places.
We support and strongly urge Congress to pass a Religious Freedom Amendment, which provides: ‘Neither the United States nor any state shall prohibit student–sponsored prayer in public schools, nor compose any official student prayer or compel joining therein.’
We urge the legislature to end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents, and encourage discussing those documents.
We urge change of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear.