DECLARATION

On September 21, 2013, the delegates attending the Religious Liberty Summit debated, voted upon and unanimously endorsed the following:

Declaration of the Religious Liberty Summit

At a time when religious liberties, family values, the institution of marriage and even human life itself are under attack in the culture and lack protection in our nation’s laws, we, the delegates of the Religious Liberty Summit, declare that we are united in defense of these foundational principles of our Nation, that we will work together to inform and educate those around us of the preeminence of these principles, and that we intend, if necessary, to engage in political and legal battles to protect and preserve the rights of all Americans.

We declare with our Founding Fathers and generations of Americans, that we are a free people, endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. We declare that the government is not the source of these rights and liberties, and that its authority exists to guarantee these rights, not to supplant them.

We declare that religious liberty is firmly rooted in our nation’s Founding principles, its laws and the traditions of its people and is necessary to a free society in which true human flourishing is possible. We declare that religious liberty is broader than simply the freedom to worship. We declare that in a free and just society, it is necessary for citizens to be free to live out their faith, privately and in the public square, individually and in association with others, without government interference, to promote the common good.

Most specifically, we declare our opposition to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate on coverage of certain preventive services including contraception, which uses the coercive power of the State to compel private action despite profound moral and religious objections, in direct contravention of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the long-standing laws, traditions and practices of our people. Never before, on such an enormous scale, have citizens been required to choose between the full pursuit of happiness and the violation of their religious beliefs and obligations of conscience. We seek the repeal of this Mandate, and all such laws that diminish religious liberty and trample on the consciences of our citizens. To this end, the delegates of this Summit, and all those signing hereafter, do hereby commit to join together in defense of religious liberty and the foundational principles of our Nation.

In God we trust.

Ratified this 21st day of September, 2013.

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