Of the many protections afforded by this great nation, few are as cherished and unique as the freedom of speech and the ability to freely exercise religious beliefs according to an individual’s conscience. Over the years too many have mistakenly been led to believe that the First Amendment provides a “separation of church and state” or a “freedom to worship”. These phrases appear nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The free exercise of religion is explicit and guarantees citizens the right to follow their conscience, not only at a worship site, but throughout their daily lives. In recent years, harmful and burdensome policies pursued by the federal government and special interest groups have shown great hostility to these bedrock principles. Accordingly, MCC supports:
Freedom for faith-based providers, institutions, and all individuals to serve the general public according to their religious tradition and without interference from the government, and
Opposition to government regulations and mandates that violate the long-standing religious practices of faith-based organizations.