Dr. White’s Statement on passage of HB 757: On behalf of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, I would like to say thank you to Senator Greg Kirk, the Georgia Senate and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle for their leadership in passing House Bill 757 known as the Pastor Protection Act.
We are very thankful that HB 757 includes the First Amendment Defense Act. Georgia Baptists, and many other people of faith in Georgia, believe in broad-based First Amendment protection that includes our pastors and our church members. All Georgia citizens, organizations and businesses need protection from adverse legislation that would infringe upon their religious beliefs regarding marriage, defined in the Bible as the union of one man and one woman. It is wrong to accuse persons of discrimination who live and conduct their businesses according to their deeply held religious beliefs. It is error for some to declare their personal freedom to be more valuable than the religious freedom of others.
We are thankful for Representative Kevin Tanner and Speaker of the House David Ralston for presenting legislation that protects the free exercise of religion by our pastors in Georgia. This protection must be guaranteed for all Georgia citizens. We implore the Georgia House to accept the Senate’s leadership on adding this additional protection for all Georgians regarding their religious convictions.
To our founding fathers, there was simply nothing more important to our nation than the freedom to live by our religious convictions and to practice our faith free from the tyranny of those who mock our deeply held faith.
J. Robert White
Georgia Baptist Mission Board