May’s Meeting Summary

Last evening, Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel for the Independence Law Center in Harrisburg presented his thoughts on Flexing Our Liberties in an Age of Growing Tyranny.

Randall Wenger

Mr. Wenger opened with assurance to those present that they should not become disheartened over current trends in America – specifically those that relate to religious freedom. Some on the left see religion as poison and relentlessly attack our traditional religious values.

Wenger drew the distinction between freedom of religion and freedom of worship; indicating that opponents of religion seek to obfuscate by touting freedom of worship as the replacement for freedom of religion. The difference is subtle and, unless we think about it, it is easy to accept what they put forth.

On the local level, Mr. Wenger discussed the current suit between the U S Department of Health and Conestoga Wood Specialties of Lancaster in which the government is seeking to force the owners of a family owned business to go against their personal religious beliefs and provide contraception as part of their employees health benefits under the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’).

Wenger also discussed a case (Tinker vs. Des Moines Board of Education) which sets forth ‘rules’ for religious expression in public school systems. This case clearly defined what students may and may not do in the public school setting.

What is the biggest threat to religious freedom in America today ? According to Wenger it is gay and lesbian marriage; not because such marriages are non-traditional, but because of the long-term legal ramifications of such unions.

Mr. Wenger recommends that as private citizens we ‘Exercise our constitutional rights to keep them strong and vibrant.’

SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting                $ 16,765,513,097,974
Debt at End of Meeting                           $ 16,765,531,996,626
Increase in Debt during the Meeting   $                18,898,652
Increase per Minute                                $                      209,985

 Next Meeting    

Brittney Morrett will be speaking Monday, June 10, 2013 7:00 PM on the top of
Engagement, Rhetoric, and How Conservatives Can Lead on Hot Button Issues

Brittney Morrett was raised in central Pennsylvania and received her A.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, then graduated with a B.A. in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University in 2010.

After graduation Brittney went on to be the Communications Manager for CampusReform.org, the Leadership Institute’s grassroots mobilization site for conservative college students. Brittney currently works as the Youth Projects Manager for The LIBRE Initiative, a non-partisan, nonprofit that promotes economic freedom to the U.S. Hispanic community.

Brittney speaks at events like Right Online and various conservative panels/summits regarding topics from youth and minority outreach to effective activism. This year she was an emcee at CPAC and has been published in The Guardian, NBC Latino, and the Daily Caller in addition to being on several radio programs in the USA and Canada. At the recently held 2013 PA Leadership Conference she was a panelist on a mini-panel addressing the topic “Conservative Faces of the Future.”

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