Preamble of the Texas Constitution: "Humbly invoking the blessing of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas do ordain and establish this Constitution."
Texas Constitution Article 1, Section 6: "All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of worship."
I am proud to represent Southeast Texas and always honored to see the multitude of Texas citizens that visit their Capitol daily. The Texas Capitol is beautiful and exemplifies everything that is great about Texas. It is indeed a monument to Liberty. This is why I am particularly intrigued and looking forward to the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sponsored Texas Muslim Capitol Day on January 29, 2015.
CAIR is an organization based Washington, D.C. It has ties to the Obama White House, the U.S. Congress, along with high profile leading media outlets, and prestigious universities. The stated mission of CAIR "is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding." Just last year, Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, highlighted the United Arab Emirates', an Islamic nation, designation of CAIR as a group influenced by
terrorists ties (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393614/cair-terror-group-daniel-pipes).
Regardless of political affiliation, I am always gratified when Texans visit their Capitol and exercising their inalienable right to petition their government. CAIR proclaims to "protect civil liberties" and "build coalitions that promote justice." Ifthis is what CAIR intends to do it will find an ally in the constitutions of our national and State government. Our liberties, bestowed by God, protected by our governing documents, and preserved by the sacrifices of our men and
women in uniform are a virtuous end, not a means to undermine our societal principles and values. More important, our respect for the rights of our fellow man is not a weakness, but a strength.
I look forward to engaging with CAIR on Tuesday on strengthening our constitutional republic and upholding our God-given rights enumerated in our Declaration of Independence, because this government is uniquely tailored for virtuous people as "One Nation Under God."
I pray that our God, through His Son Jesus bless the great State of Texas.
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