All For Freedom
In Connecticut, a young woman watched as her childhood dream of winning high school track competitions and earning a college scholarship was unfairly snatched from her by two high school boys who identify as female.
In Alaska, government officials are demanding that a women’s shelter allow men to sleep three feet away from women who have been trafficked and abused.
In Pennsylvania, government officials forced a foster-care provider to stop serving kids in need because of its commitment to placing children in homes with a mother and father.
These stories aren’t mere hypotheticals. These are the stories of real victims. And yet some groups are promoting federal legislation that, if enacted, would create victims like these and many more across the nation.
The government has a duty to protect every person’s fundamental freedoms. If government officials protect only certain individuals or beliefs, while excluding others, we all lose. After all, it’s the freedom to disagree and debate our differences free from government coercion that makes America unique. It is vital for our democracy.
Unfortunately, where government officials have ignored this duty at the state and local level, it’s come with a human cost. These victims’ stories should sober all of us to the reality that freedom is fragile and must be vigilantly safeguarded, and inspire us to ensure our government officials preserve freedom for all.
America is unique because of its commitment to freedom for all people and all views. While our history is not one free from challenges, what has united and will continue to unite us is our commitment to protecting and preserving in law the freedoms belonging to each and every one of us.
We are all for freedom to ensure America continues to be the most welcoming, flourishing, and prosperous nation in the world. And our laws should dispense justice to men and women with impartiality, equity, and integrity, and should respect and advance the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of conscience, association, and expression.