Governments Target Citizen Expression and Conscience


Prof. William Wagner

WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at SAU

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.

About the Author

Prof. William Wagner
WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at SAU
Professor Wagner holds the WFFC Distinguished Chair for Faith & Freedom at Spring Arbor University. He has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression.

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