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Conservative Leaders: Congress Should Reject 'Fairness for All Act'

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In their latest "memo to the movement" the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project have come out in opposition to the Democrat-sponsored “Fairness for All Act,” labeling it a threat to First Amendment rights.

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.

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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.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP

William L. Walton
President
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
FreedomWorks

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

David Bozell
President
ForAmerica

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
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
President
Family Research Council

Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
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
Founder
Alliance Defending Freedom

Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association

Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Tim Macy
Chairman
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
Columnist
The Washington Times

Eunie Smith
President
Eagle Forum

Dr. John C. Eastman
Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
Salvatori Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Thomas Donelson
Chairman
Americas PAC

Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation

Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum

Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com

Gregory Quinlan
Founder & Executive Director
Center for Garden State Families

Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Austin Ruse
President
C-Fam

Senator Jason Rapert
President
National Association of Christian Lawmakers

Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Khadine Ritter
President
Eagle Forum of Ohio

Robert (“Bob”) Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action

Randall S. Page
Chief of Staff
Bob Jones University

Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel

John F. Tate
President
JFT Consulting

Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation

Trent England
Executive Vice President
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Alan P. Dye
Partner
Webster, Chamberlain and Bean

Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications

Ronald Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins

Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation

J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation

The Honorable Donald J. Devine
Director
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1981-1985)

Karen England
Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute & NEVADA Family Alliance

Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus

Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness

Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation

Mark Bloom
Business Owner
Tekgeologik, LLC. & Olepodner, LLC

Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Richard Norman
President
The Richard Norman Company

Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy

William Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group

Richard Hayes
Partner
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP

Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values

Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action

Donna Hearne
CEO
Constitutional Coalition

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com

Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

Glenn Preston Story
Co-founder
Patriot Mobile

Jim Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association

William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action

Debbie Georgatos
Host
America, Can We Talk?

E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property

Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group

The Honorable Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
Member of Congress
1st District of Kansas, 2011-2017

Ray Thompson
CEO
Thompson Precision

Jenna Ellis
Senior Legal Advisor
Trump 2020

The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan

Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center

Mr. Ralph Benko
Chairman
The Capitalist League

The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House

Stephen Whelan
Chairman
The Witherspoon Institute

Penna Dexter
Co-Host
Point of View Radio

Joseph R. Gregory
President
Gregory Mgt. Co.

Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Jeremy Cerone
CEO
EliteSafe Inc.

Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America

Jake Hoffman
President & CEO
Rally Forge

Robert Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

The Honorable James C. Miller III
OMB Director, 1985-1988

Carolee Adams
President
Eagle Forum of New Jersey

Melvin Adams
Past President
Renewanation

Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Blogger/Admin
DCBelleonWheels.com

Linda Bean
Founder and CEO
Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine

Patrick J. Reilly
President
The Cardinal Newman Society

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

James C. Dobson Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

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