STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
We stand united in the principle that all people, regardless of differences of birth, behavior or belief are created equal in the very image of God, imputing infinite value and eternal significance to each human life.
We affirm our spiritual duty to “love our neighbor as ourselves” showing respect to all people, including those we encounter in the public square with whose beliefs we disagree, and with whose behavior we morally disapprove.
We believe that religious liberty is among the most cherished and sacred liberties guaranteed to the citizens of our republic.
We assert that protection of the free exercise of religion as stated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is foundational to the integrity of the social compact between the government and the governed.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We unite with thousands of our fellow Missourians, of all faith traditions and with many who hold to no such tradition, in the conviction that if the liberty of any is deprived to live and worship according to the dictates of conscience or to refuse to bow the knee in worship, then the liberty of all is diminished.
We remind those in authority that the Constitution of the United States prohibits the establishment of a government church and forbids that any man or woman be compelled to engage in any religious practice but that it likewise forbids that any person of faith be compelled to kneel before a secular altar in violation of conscience.
We reaffirm the wisdom of the founders of our Great State of Missouri as expressed in our State Constitution, Article I, which states, in part: “That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his person or estate; but this section shall not be construed to….justify practices inconsistent….with the rights of others.”
We appeal to our elected representatives in the Missouri General Assembly to enact legislation consistent with our State’s motto: “Let the welfare of the People be the Supreme Law.”
We petition our elected officials to move promptly to propose legislation to clarify that the liberties and freedoms described above be protected and guaranteed for all people in our State.