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Examining a Church's Right to Free Speech, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules and the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 4, 2017   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is from the May 4, 2017 hearing, "Examining a Church's Right to Free Speech" before the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules and the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Jim Jordan: "We convened this hearing to highlight the First Amendment and examine those places in our great country where that right, that right to free speech is being stifled and sometimes even silenced by government. And unfortunately this is nothing new. In the recent past, we've seen the IRS bogging down conservative social welfare organizations, that's a nice way of saying it, with an endless application process, holding them in bureaucratic limbo for years and thereby curbing their First Amendment rights. Never forget what they did, systematically and for a sustained period of time targeted people for their political beliefs. That should not happen in our great country. We have seen public universities not allowing conservative voices to be heard and we've seen government agencies levy enormous fines for small, many times even returned, campaign donations for candidates who might not have even made it on the ballot. The First Amendment is the First Amendment for a reason. Our founders knew the ability to criticize our government was of paramount importance. We must never forget those great words: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mandi Ancalle, Catherine Engelbrecht, Christiana Holcomb, and David Saperstein.

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Serial No. 115-29
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2017
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