Congress Should Protect Our Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedoms, Not Threaten Our Most Basic Rights

Conservative Action Project — Friday, December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Congress should protect our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, not threaten our most basic rights. The Fairness for All Act is a direct threat to First Amendment rights, and lawmakers should reject it.

The Fairness for All Act is presented as a compromise to the so-called Equality Act. But in reality, it simply expands government power to dictate how individual Americans should think, speak, and act – specifically when it comes to sexual orientation.

Under the Fairness for All Act, progressive views of sexual orientation and gender identity would be enshrined into law, removing the ability of any debate or disagreement in the public square. Though select religious institutions would get a special carve-out, ordinary Americans, including individuals, daycares, businesses, schools, and other institutions would see their First Amendment freedoms gutted.

In particular, the Fairness for All Act would threaten the liberty, equality, safety, and privacy of individuals in just some of the following ways:

  • Medical professionals would be forced to go against their best judgment to perform sex-reassignment therapies and surgeries on people, including children. They could be sued if they didn’t offer the “correct” treatment, despite risks and warnings for these drugs and surgeries.
  • Foster care agencies would be forced to promote transgender ideology and would not be allowed to seek any alternative counseling for foster children.
  • Single-sex spaces like homeless shelters, locker rooms, and showers would be open to men without regard to women and girls’ concerns about privacy and safety.
  • In public schools, boys and men would be allowed to participate in girls’ and women’s sports merely by declaring that they are female, when they are clearly not.
  • On Main Street, businesses with 15 or more employees would be forced to celebrate events and ideas that violate their deeply held beliefs.
  • The free exercise of faith would be virtually banned from the public square. Those who don’t conform to the new government orthodoxy would only be “free” inside the four walls of a religious institution.

All Americans should be free to peacefully think, speak, and act as they please without fear of punishment by the government. But proposals like Fairness for All force citizens to either conform or risk losing their jobs, businesses, athletic, or academic opportunities.

The Fairness for All Act masquerades as a compromise on religious liberty, but is in fact a religious liberty sell-out. It is a clear and present danger to every American’s First Amendment freedoms. Lawmakers must reject it.

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Executive Director, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Tim Chapman
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America
Jessica Anderson
Vice President
Heritage Action for America
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
David Bozell
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
Tom McClusky
March for Life Action
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Alan Sears
Alliance Defending Freedom
Tim Wildmon
American Family Association
Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America
Dr. Frank Wright
President & CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries
Kristen Waggoner
SVP of U.S. Legal; General Counsel (AZ, GA)
Alliance Defending Freedom
Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Rebecca Hagelin
The Washington Times
Eunie Smith
Eagle Forum
Dr. John C. Eastman
Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
Salvatori Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Thomas Donelson
Americas PAC
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum
Susan A. Carleson
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
Gregory Quinlan
Founder & Executive Director
Center for Garden State Families
Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America
Seton Motley
Less Government
Austin Ruse
Senator Jason Rapert
National Association of Christian Lawmakers
Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
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Eagle Forum of Ohio
Robert (“Bob”) Carlstrom
AMAC Action
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Chief of Staff
Bob Jones University
Steve Berger
Grace Chapel
John F. Tate
JFT Consulting
Dr. Paige Patterson
Sandy Creek Foundation
Trent England
Executive Vice President
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Alan P. Dye
Webster, Chamberlain and Bean
Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications
Ronald Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Chad Connelly
Faith Wins
Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation
J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation
The Honorable Donald J. Devine
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1981-1985)
Karen England
Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute & NEVADA Family Alliance
Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Jay Mount
MDS Communications Corporation
Mark Bloom
Business Owner
Tekgeologik, LLC. & Olepodner, LLC
Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project
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Executive Director
American Principles Project
Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Richard Norman
The Richard Norman Company
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
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Washington Marketing Group
Richard Hayes
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
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Hawaiian Values
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Vice President
AFA Action
Donna Hearne
Constitutional Coalition
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
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NYS Conservative Party
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Patriot Mobile
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60 Plus Association
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60 Plus Association
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Tea Party Patriots Action
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America, Can We Talk?
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General Partner
Aslan Ventures
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group
The Honorable Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
Member of Congress
1st District of Kansas, 2011-2017
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Thompson Precision
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Senior Legal Advisor
Trump 2020
The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan
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Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center
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The Capitalist League
The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House
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The Witherspoon Institute
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Point of View Radio
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Gregory Mgt. Co.
Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
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EliteSafe Inc.
Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America
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President & CEO
Rally Forge
Robert Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
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OMB Director, 1985-1988
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Eagle Forum of New Jersey
Melvin Adams
Past President
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Linda Bean
Founder and CEO
Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine
Patrick J. Reilly
The Cardinal Newman Society
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
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Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

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