Religion and Religious Liberty

The South Carolina Republican Party recognizes the importance of religion throughout the history of our state and nation and opposes any attempts to regulate religious institutions, or impinge upon personal religious freedoms. As George Washington said in his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in 1789,

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor”

it is indeed the duty of every nation to obey the will of God. Furthermore, we affirm that many of the problems we face as a state and nation would not be exist if God’s will was obeyed.

The Party believes that every citizen has the Constitutional right to pray, read the Bible or any religious text, and discuss his or her faith in private and in public, including the public schools of this state.

We applaud the efforts of the S. C. General Assembly to permit the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools. We urge school administrators and teachers to inform our public school students specifically of their First Amendment rights to pray and engage in religious speech, individually or in groups, on school property. “We support and strongly urge Congress to pass a Religious Freedom Amendment, which provides: ‘Neither the United States nor any state shall prohibit student–sponsored prayer in public schools, nor compose any official student prayer or compel joining therein.’ We urge the legislature to end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents, and encourage discussing those documents” (2010 Texas Republican Party Platform p. 20). We urge change of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear of losing its tax-exempt status. We call for the repeal of requirements that religious organizations send the government any personal information about their contributors. The Party recalls other profound words of President George Washington,

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claims the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these foremost props of the duties of men and citizens.”

We recognize the Judeo-Christian ethic embraced by our founding fathers and call upon our State and Nation to return again to the values that made America and the American people great.

We oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) “through which the federal government would coerce business owners and employees to violate their own beliefs by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.”( 2010 Texas Republican Party Platform p. 10). We encourage our leaders to be godly examples for our youth, to fear and honor God in all their actions, to be strong when pressured to compromise principle, and to have the courage to stand alone, if need be, when Godly leadership is needed.

“We urge Congress to sanction any foreign government that persecutes its citizens for their religion.” (2010 Texas Republican Party Platform p. 22). “Republican leadership has made religious liberty a central element of American foreign policy. Asserting religious freedom should be a priority in all of America’s international dealings. We salute the work of the United States’ Commission on International Religious Freedom and urge special training in religious liberty issues for all United States diplomatic personnel.”(2008 Republican National Platform p.6)

“We call on Congress and the President to use their constitutional powers to restrain activist judges. We urge Congress to adopt the Judicial Act of 2005 and remove judges who abuse their authority. Furthermore, we urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.” (2010 Texas Republican Party Platform p. 11).