MISSOURI ALLIANCE FOR FREEDOM OFFERS MODEL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: SEN. KURT SCHAEFER TO SPONSOR

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MISSOURI ALLIANCE FOR FREEDOM OFFERS MODEL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: SEN. KURT SCHAEFER TO SPONSOR

By: 
Ryan Johnson

Jefferson City, MO – With attacks on religious liberty inbound, the Missouri Alliance for Freedom is offering model legislation to protect Missourians religious freedom to be sponsored by State Senator Kurt Schaefer.

The legislation will protect individuals, corporations, religious organizations and others who hold religious beliefs that do not comport with same-sex marriage proponents. 

KEY FEATURES OF THE BILL

  • Protections to prevent religious discrimination
  • Protects businesses such as caterers and bakers.
  • Protects student groups such as religious organizations on college campuses.
  • Protects pastors, priests, and religious organizations from being forced to violate their consciences.

“We are grateful to have the support of two energetic and talented senators, both of whom earned MAF’s Champion of Freedom award in 2015. Senator Kurt Schaefer has agreed to file our religious liberty bill and vigorously push for it in the legislature and across Missouri” said Ryan Johnson, President of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom. “Additionally, Senator Bob Onder, M.D. has expressed his interest in the bill’s language and pledged to help lead the overarching fight for religious liberty and I couldn’t be more appreciative.”

"The Missouri General Assembly has an obligation to do everything within its power to protect the religious liberties of all Missourians. I look forward to leading this effort and working with my colleagues in both the Senate and the House to ensure quick passage of this critical legislation in the upcoming session” said Senator Kurt Schaefer.

“This is about protecting religious liberty pure and simple. Given the unknown impact of the Supreme Court’s decision and the fact that Missourians overwhelmingly support religious liberty the time to act is now. The unknowns created by this decision gives Missouri’s General Assembly the opportunity to take decisive legislative action to prevent religious discrimination” said Johnson.

Missouri Alliance for Freedom is conservative public interest group committed to protecting and growing individual, religious, and economic liberty throughout Missouri and holding accountable members of the state legislature through education. MAF promotes policies that encourage personal freedom and a free economy through legislative participation, grassroots organization, issue advocacy, education and training. 


A survey conducted August 25 through August 26, 2015. 831 likely voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2016 General Election. Margin of Error is +/- 3.4% with a 95% level of confidence. Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding. Survey conducted by Remington Research Group on behalf of Missouri Alliance for Freedom.

POLL: MAF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

Q: In your opinion should the government be able to force priests and pastors to perform same-sex weddings if same-sex marriage violates the clergy’s religious beliefs and the teachings of the church?

Yes…………………………….15%

No……………………………..78%

Unsure…………………………7%

Q: In your opinion should churches, synagogues, mosques, or other religious property such as a schools be forced to host same-sex weddings or events if it violates the religious convictions of the religious institution?

Yes…………………………….15%

No……………………………..79%

Unsure…………………………6%

Q: In your opinion, do you believe the government should be able to force a private business, like a baker or a florist, to provide services for a same-sex wedding if it violates his/her religious beliefs?

Yes…………………………….24%

No……………………………..71%

Unsure…………………………6%

Q: In your opinion, should elected officials such as county Recorders of Deeds or Judges be forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses if doing so contradicts his/her deeply held religious beliefs and is violation of his/her conscience?

Yes…………………………….43%

No……………………………..50%

Unsure…………………………7%

Q: In your opinion, should the federal and state government be able to require by law that a private citizen provides services or provide their private property for an event that is contrary to their religious beliefs?

Yes…………………………….15%

No……………………………..76%

Unsure…………………………9%

Q: In your opinion, which of the following do you believe is most important? Protecting religious liberties, protecting same-sex rights, or are they equally important?

Protecting religious liberties……………………..66%
Protecting same-sex rights………………………….8%

Equally important……………………………………….8%
Unsure………………………………………………………17%

Q: In your opinion, should a private employee be required to submit dues to a labor organization if that labor organization donates money to an organization whose practices conflict with the employee’s religious beliefs?

Yes…………………………….29%

No……………………………..54%

Unsure……………………….18%

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