Press Release – March 31, 2015
We strongly support the ideas and concepts set forth by our Founding Fathers and echo the sentiments of President Thomas Jefferson who felt there should be a “high wall between church and state” in the support of Civil Rights of all religions. Consequently we support Virginia’s 1776 Religious Freedom law. – Religious Freedom in Virginia.
But this cannot be confused with the modern “Rights of Conscience” laws being brought forth in State Congressional Houses today. A similar law as vetoed in Arizona last year and we admire and respect the State Governor for standing up to bigotry and discrimination. We hope the Governor of Arkansas will do the same when a similar bill comes up for confirmation. And we implore our own state of Virginia NOT to pass HOUSE BILL NO. 1414 Offered January 14, 2015.
As a spiritual organization we respect the beliefs of others, and we open our doors to all who enter in peace and compassion, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion or sexual identity. We welcome you with open arms and friendship.
These “Rights of Conscience” laws are divisive and generate intolerance and hate. Don’t we have enough hate in the world in the name of religion already? Nor do they support the doctrine of those who claim religious standing to love they neighbor, to walk in peace in the light of Yahweh or Jesus. This type of discrimination goes against the very teachings of Christian scripture.
End the hate and intolerance. Respect your neighbor and the choices they make in their lives. You don’t have to live as they do. But hate them for being different. For that is the way of darkness and evil. It’s not the path of light where grace of the divine beacons you to shine.
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