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Thursday, April 14, 2016
From: Citizens for Community Values Action <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Apr 14, 2016 2:39 PM
Subject: URGENT! You are invited. Exposing the lies. Help Support Mississippi!
To: Daniel Stevenson <email@example.com>
This is from our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom. Hope you can join the Live Feed tonight on Facebook. Please share with family and friends. Blessings, Phil
NOTE: You must have a Facebook account to participate in this Live Feed conversation.
As many of you have heard, two weeks ago, Mississippi passed the most comprehensive bill to date protecting the freedom of conscience as it pertains to citizens' beliefs about marriage. The law preserves the freedom of all Mississippians to peacefully live, worship, and work according to their religious or moral beliefs about marriage. It ensures that the government does not discriminate against or punish churches, and other organizations, such as adoption agencies, schools, and charities, by denying them tax exemptions, contracts, accreditation, or licenses simply for following their deeply held beliefs about marriage. It also safeguards against the government forcing citizens to surrender free speech and religious freedom in order to run their businesses. I've attached the language if you're interested.
Per usual, there's been significant misrepresentations and attacks on both the law and Governor Bryant since its enactment. To expose some of those mischaracterizations and to tell the truth about the bill, who it protects, and diffuse common attacks (isn't this just a license to discriminate?), we are doing a Live Feed conversation on ADF's FB page this evening. We will go live at 6:30 pm EST tonight. Please consider sharing the Live Feed from ADF's page through your FB page. You can also encourage people to ask questions @alliancedefends #MSliveandletlive.
Please help us spread the word so we can help people understand the good of this bill and how courageous Gov. Bryant was in signing it—championing freedom and ensuring that in Mississippi tolerance remains a two way street. We would love to partner together to create national momentum about the good of this bill.
What: Alliance Defending Freedom Attorneys Kellie Fiedorek and Casey Mattox on Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. Learn the truth and get your questions answered.
When: Today, Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm EST
Why: To explain the bill, and tell the stories of who it protects
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or Bob Trent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
From: Citizens for Community Values <email@example.com>
Date: Apr 5, 2016 1:42 PM
Subject: Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law Signed Today Gives Fresh Momentum to Legislative Efforts
To: Daniel Stevenson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
April 5, 2016
It is time Ohio elected officials stood up to the bullies and liars and protected our freedom of beliefs the way they have done in Mississippi and North Carolina. Anyone who is opposed to these laws has not read them. Protecting one's freedom of beliefs is fundamental to being an American. More than 22 states have passed Religious Freedom laws. Ohio is not one of those states. Why are you waiting? Blessings, Phil Burress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2016
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866)-372-6397
Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law Signed Today Gives Fresh Momentum to Legislative Efforts in Other States
Mississippi Joins North Carolina, Texas in Protecting the Freedom to Believe
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act." Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
"This new law gives fresh momentum to efforts on the federal and state level to stop government discrimination against people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"We applaud Governor Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and House Speaker Philip Gunn, for standing up for the fundamental freedoms of the people they represent. No person should be punished by the government with crippling fines, or face disqualification for simply believing what President Obama believed just a few years ago, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
"Big business and Hollywood have engaged in economic blackmail in Mississippi just like they have in Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas to try to force government discrimination of those who support natural marriage. However, unlike Indiana and Georgia, leaders in Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas have chosen to defend the fundamental freedom of their citizens to believe and live according to those beliefs, rather than capitulate to the economic threats of big business and entertainment.
"Long-term, political leaders who refuse to sacrifice fundamental freedoms under the threats of big government, big business and big entertainment are rewarded with support of voters as their states find such policies promote stronger families, stronger communities, which lead to stronger economies," concluded Perkins.
A poll released on Friday shows nearly two-thirds of Mississippi voters want to protect pastors, churches, schools, and businesses from government discrimination.
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