Text: S.J.Res.58 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Placed on Calendar Senate (10/17/2019)

Calendar No. 245

1st Session
S. J. RES. 58


October 16, 2019

Mr. Sasse introduced the following joint resolution; which was read the first time

October 17, 2019

Read the second time and placed on the calendar


Expressing support for freedom of conscience.

    Whereas the settlement of the 13 colonies was driven in part by those seeking refuge from government-sponsored religious persecution;

    Whereas the Framers of the Constitution of the United States recognized the centrality of freedom of conscience to the establishment of the United States, enshrining in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”;

    Whereas churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations have played a central and invaluable role in life in the United States; and

    Whereas Congress has recognized the importance of religious institutions by enacting a variety of legal protections for those institutions, including exemption from income taxes: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That—

(1) the protections of freedom of conscience enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States remain central to the experiment of the United States in republican self-government under the Constitution of the United States;

(2) government should not be in the business of dictating what “correct” religious beliefs are; and

(3) any effort by the government to condition the receipt of the protections of the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the United States, including an exemption from taxation, on the public policy positions of an organization is an affront to the spirit and letter of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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