Governments Target Citizen Expression and Conscience

Christian people everywhere must stand against government actions targeting the conscience of Christian people anywhere.

On front pages around the world, local, state and national governments boldly ignore constitutional and international treaty provisions prohibiting interference with a citizen’s expression and conscience.  Some of the most recent examples include State and local officials in Michigan seeking to penalize anyone whose expression or conscience opposes the idea that biological males (with all their male anatomy) should be allowed to “identify” as female and then invade your little girl’s public bathroom or shower.  Not in my school.

After the President’s nominated Russell Vought to serve as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senator Bernie Sanders viciously interrogated him about his Christian beliefs during his confirmation hearing. Senator Sanders should review Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. This provision, which Sanders swore to uphold, expressly states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office of public trust under the United States,”

In the United Kingdom this week the Liberal Democrats forced their leader Tim Farron to resign because his gentle expressions of Christian conscience on issues relating to the LGBTQ agenda and abortion. London-based Wall Street Journal editor Sohrab Ahmari suggests that “progressives have triumphed over faith. Now they’re targeting conscience itself.”

The blessings of liberty come with responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required. Each generation must fight to preserve the freedom won by those who came before us, for those who will come after us.

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William (@Prof.WWJD) serves as President of Salt & Light Global and Editor-in-Chief of SLG Witness. Together, he and his bride Marilyn home educated their children. Prof. Wagner holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Law and Constitutional Governance) where, as a tenured professor, he received the Beattie Award for Teaching Excellence. A frequent speaker at world conferences, Professor Wagner has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression. Professor Wagner’s writing is published a number of articles, books, and other publications, including a national best seller (#1in its category). As lead amicus counsel a variety of matters before the United States Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various Christian organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Professor Wagner previously served in the United States Courts as a federal judge. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal advisor and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. There he led a diplomatic mission charged with strengthening good governance and the rule of law. His international service also includes an appointment by the United States Courts as Commissioner to Canada. Over the years, Professor Wagner has provided international assistance to the justice sector institutions of numerous countries on five continents. Professor Wagner also served as Senior Assistant United States Attorney, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the United States Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Professor Wagner served as legal counsel in the United States Senate and as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Michigan legislature. As chief counsel, he supervised all legislative issues involving the separation of powers, due process, and other protections of individual rights and liberties, including the right to free expression and the free exercise of religious conscience. Professor Wagner received the post-doctoral Danforth Fellowship in Law after earning his J.D. in 1986. He serves, or has served, on the executive governing boards of a number of international and national ministries. Soli Deo Gloria.