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President Trump Proclaims Religious Freedom Day, but Corporate America Continues to Undermine this Essential Liberty

In recognition of the 232nd anniversary of Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, President Trump declared January 16th, 2018 as Religious Freedom Day. The Virginia Statute, which was written by Thomas Jefferson, inspired the 1st Amendment to the Constitution to affirm “the right to choose and exercise faith without government coercion or reprisal.”

The President proclaimed, “No American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.”

However, the radical left, enabled by its corporate allies, would force those nuns, nurses, bakers, and business owners to give up the tenets of their faith in order to advance the liberal agenda. For evidence of the left’s goals, look no further than Jack Phillips’s case currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court.

As the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, Phillips declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding citing his belief in marriage between one man and one woman. For standing for his faith, he has faced persecution by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and stands to lose his entire livelihood.

Unfortunately, Phillips is not the only business owner to face the left’s wrath for refusing to affirm same-sex marriage. Fox News’s Jeremy Dys points to another recent case that bears marked similarities:

While the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop were treated fairly, Aaron and Melissa Klein wonder what their future holds. Not only has an Oregon bureaucrat penalized their small, family-owned bakery $135,000 for politely declining – on religious grounds – to create a custom cake that celebrated a same-sex marriage. The government forced the closure of their bakery.

Since Oregon pronounced the Kleins pariahs, the community followed suit with streams of hate mail, online harassment laced with obscene epithets, and threats to their physical safety.

When states like Georgia and North Carolina have attempted to enact protections for their citizens, big business has aligned with LGBT activists to develop misinformation campaigns and organize boycotts. Furthermore, many of these corporations are direct funders of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which is the leading advocacy organization for the LGBT agenda.

Not only did HRC effectively coordinate the left’s ultimately successful assault on traditional marriage, but this organization is also attempting to implement a nationwide sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) accommodation mandate. The so-called “Equality Act” proposal would eliminate religious freedom protections for business owners on a national scale because it would grant special protection status for these groups and undermine the 1st Amendment.

Corporate support has been critical to HRC’s successes. That is why we developed a resource page to keep you informed on the corporations that enable these attacks on religious liberty and traditional values. Click here to see which corporations directly fund HRC’s radical agenda and score 100 on HRC’s corporate index.

Also, be sure to see where all companies stand on religious liberty by viewing their scorepages in our database here.

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