Texas Rally for Religious Freedom -Tomorrow – Texas Capitol-South Entrance!

March 22, 2012

Please stand with us and make your voice heard for Religous Liberty!  Tomorrow, noon, Texas Capitol South Entrance, just along 11th street, we’ll be speaking at one of the many Religious Freedom rallies being held across the country to push back against the Obama Administration’s effort to force religious entities to violate their conscience through Obamacare provisions by having the government force private religious entities to pay for health measure that violate their conscience.  Let me say that again, the government is forcing private religions to violate their religious beliefs and pay for acts that violate their religious beliefs.  I thought these people wanted the government and religion to be separate.  The double standard could not be more obvious.

Let’s also be clear, women have access to abortifacients and birth control at nearly every corner drug store often at a low cost. Access is not the issue.  The issue is that some people have such an entitlement mentality that they think that the government should force you to violate your own religious beliefs with your own private money and pay for their choices.  If Planned Parenthood is so vital to women like they claim, than why aren’t the Hollywood liberals and Lance Armstrong giving more of their private money directly to Planned Parenthood?  If PP is so important than they should be able to survive off private donations.  If not, than their value has been oversold, as we’ve known for many years.

If the government can force religions to pay for free devices on a life and death issue that forces the religious entities to violate their own beliefs, than the religious freedom protection we have in the U.S. Constitution is meaningless and we will all be defenseless against the federal government.

Is personal responsibilty being taught in government schools anymore?  Apparently not enough, if at all.

Stand with Us tomorrow for Religious Liberty!  http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/377925832232013/


Victory for Our Veterans! Judge Orders VA to End Religious Hostilities at National Cemeteries

October 21, 2011

Liberty Institute is pleased to announce a victory for the nation’s veterans, for their families, and for freedom.  Since May, Liberty Institute has been fighting for religious freedom at the cemeteries run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  This week, Federal District Judge Lynn N. Hughes signed a consent decree ordering the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to stop banning prayer and the mention of “God” at events, including funerals, held at national cemeteries.  The case, Rainey v. VA, initially concerned the Houston National Cemetery.  But when attorneys from Liberty Institute questioned authorities at the top levels of the VA, they uncovered national policies that are hostile to religion.  The VA must now change these policies to ensure that religious liberty is protected. The Houston National Cemetery must also reopen its chapel, which had been closed and used as a storage room.

Honor guards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion were being prevented from praying or mentioning “God” at military funerals at the Houston National Cemetery.   As a result of Houston National Cemetery’s policies, families were being deprived of the full VFW or The American Legion burial ritual. The National Memorial Ladies, who provide condolence cards to families of veterans at funerals, were being prevented from writing “God Bless.”  The consent decree stops all of this unlawful religious discrimination.  Jeff Mateer, Liberty Institute’s general counsel, explained,  “The decree not only impacts religious freedom in Houston, but all VA cemeteries nationwide.”

Visit LibertyInstitute.org for all the details on this important victory, including the judges’ order.  And, check out our new victory video on this case:


Yes, prayer a protected right – Editorial on Medina Valley High School Graduation

June 20, 2011

Yesterday, Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute, wrote an editorial on the Medina Valley High School Graduation and on the importance of the freedom of religious speech and expression. Excerpts from the editorial:

“Freedom isn’t that complicated. As freedom-loving Americans, we all know when it is violated. This is why there was an immediate and clear public outcry when there was an attempt to censor citizens’ speech at the Medina Valley High School graduation. Most everyone knew that this attempt, backed by threat of “incarceration,” was wrong.

No citizen has the right to ask the government to bind and gag the free speech of another citizen. That is as antithetical to the foundation of this great country as can be imagined. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the family’s attempt to justify their position of censoring the free speech of students and citizens. Rightly so.”

Read the entire editorial here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Yes-prayer-a-protected-right-1431271.php#ixzz1PpsICCru


Religious Freedom Vote Results From Texas House

May 16, 2011

Last Friday, the Texas House of Representatives voted 82-32 on the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment, coming up short of receiving the 100 votes of the 150 House members (2/3rds) necessary  to pass a constitutional amendment. While this is a disappointing outcome as it brings this effort to a halt for this session, we are thankful for your calls and emails to your House members. We’ll continue to work to protect religious freedom across the state and nationwide.

A state religious freedom constitutional amendment would have provided the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. 

 It is interesting to note that seven Republicans voted against HJR 135 and three Democrats voted for HJR 135, on the final vote.  The ACLU also opposed HJR 135.

Since the vote last week on HJR 135, many of you have asked for the results of the vote.  Click here to see how each member of the Texas House, including yours, voted on the religious freedom constitutional amendment, HJR 135.

View the Texas Legislature’s link to the official vote.


Final Vote on HJR 135 Today, Need Calls Now!

May 13, 2011

Update: This afternoon the Texas House of Representatives voted 82-32 on the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment, 18 votes shy of passage. Republican Rep. Charlie Geren spoke against HJR 135, the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment.  The ACLU also opposes HJR 135.

It takes 100 votes of the 150 House members (2/3rds) to pass a constitutional amendment. While this is a disappointing outcome, we are thankful for your calls and emails to your House members. We’ll continue to work to protect religious freedom across the state and nationwide.

Late last night, HJR 135, passed 79-45 on 2nd reading, but numerous members were not present.  Today, HJR 135 is scheduled to be taken up for a final vote (3rd reading), but it needs 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment.  We need 100 votes for this final vote.

Religious freedom is one of our most foundational freedoms, but today this historical right to freely exercise religious faith is under increasing attack by government.  This amendment is needed to provide the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. This may be the best chance we have in the near future to put specific religious freedom protection in the Texas Constitution.

To find our how your member voted last night, click here.

Please call your Texas House member today and ask him or her vote for HJR 135! Please make sure your Representative votes for this important bill! 


Urgent: Call Texas House Now To Protect Religious Freedom! Vote is Today!

May 12, 2011

10:00 p.m. Religious Freedom Protection Final Vote Tomorrow, 2/3rds Support Needed! Bill did passed by 79-45, numerous members not present. HJR 135 will need 100 votes on final vote tomorrow, for 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. The ACLU opposes HJR 135.

7:00 p.m.  Still waiting on ruling for point of order.  Deadline to pass this bill is 11:59 p.m., tonight.

3:45 p.m.  Still waiting on a ruling on the point of order.

3:15 p.m.  HJR 135 is update for debate and VOTE!  Point of order has been called.  Decision coming.

After hours of debate yesterday, the Texas House will vote TODAY on HJR 135, the constitutional amendment affirming religious freedom!

A state religious freedom constitutional amendment provides the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. HJR 135 must pass by a 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. This amendment would enshrine in our state constitution strong religious freedom protection for many years to come!  This is the last day for a vote!

Please call your Texas House member today and ask him or her to follow Rep. Larry Phillips, the author of the bill, and vote for HJR 135! Please make sure your Representative votes for this important bill! 

Visit our blog for updates throughout the day.


Religious Liberty Constitutional Amendment, HJR 135, scheduled for vote today

May 11, 2011

HJR 135 is scheduled for a vote by the full Texas House today.  HJR 135 provides specific protection for religious freedom in the Texas Constitution.  A state religious freedom constitutional amendment provides the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. HJR 135 must pass by a 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. This amendment would enshrine in our state constitution strong religious freedom protection for many years to come!

Please Call your Texas House member today and ask him or her to vote for HJR 135! 

Check back on the blog today for updates.


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