HJR 135 provides specific protection for religious freedom in the Texas Constitution, and is scheduled for a vote by the full Texas House tomorrow! 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.
In Texas, school students were told they couldn’t write “Merry Christmas” to our troops in Iraq, they couldn’t say words like G-O-D, and officials have actually tried to ban crosses and a rosary as gang symbols. A Texas city even passed an ordinance to effectively ban a religious ministry from the city limits. Across the country we see even more erosion of religious freedom against people of all faiths.
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!