Recently, an elected official in Loudoun County demanded a local pastor ‘recant’ a sermon based on politics. That demand is a blatant disregard of not only the separation of Church and State, but also the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom authored by our Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. His commitment to religious liberties in Virginia preceded our beloved First Amendment Rights. The proposed HR 5 legislation that would force Americans to violate their freedom of conscience and thought is a direct assault on the United States Constitution and our rights.
In Congress, I will passionately oppose efforts to silence religious beliefs of all Americans and will proudly continue the work retired Congressman Frank Wolf started abroad to protect persecuted Christians and religious minorities in China and other nations around the globe.