Ted Cruz Creates Religious Liberty Advisory Committee to Help Protect Pro-Life Conscience Rights

National   Steven Ertelt   Feb 29, 2016   |   6:16PM    Washington, DC

If Senator Ted Cruz is elected president, he wants to work with pro-life leaders to restore conscience protections for pro-life advocates — like Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor, whom the Obama administration has attempted to force to pay for abortion-causing drugs. To help him, Cruz today created a religious liberty advisory panel.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, is chairing the panel of pro-life advocates of Cruz’s behalf.

Ted Cruz announced today the creation of a 19-member Religious Liberty Advisory Council, which will guide his policies to protect religious liberty and reverse the unprecedented attacks on freedom both at home and abroad,” Perkins says.

He continued: “I am honored to chair this council at such a critical time in the history of this nation. Never before has religious freedom been more endangered than it is today under the policies of the Obama administration. We need a president who upon entering office will immediately begin reversing the damage done to our freedom to believe and our ability to live according to those beliefs.”

“While Ted has been effective on an array of national issues, he hasn’t strayed from his theme, which is that 2016 is going to be a ‘religious liberty election.’ This continues to resonate with Americans, who open their newspapers every day to a new story of religious hostility. I am confident that Ted Cruz, who has spent his career defending religious liberty in the courts and in the Senate, can be trusted and is prepared to make freedom mean something again in America,” Perkins said.

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“Unfortunately, the future of freedom in America rests largely in the hands of the courts, which is why we need a president who can spot liberal jurists, and who will fight to ensure constitutionalists who respect the rule of law are seated on the Supreme Court. The formation of this Religious Liberty Advisory Council will be an encouragement to the American people. Help is on the way,” he continued.

“Ted Cruz has pledged on day one of his administration to issue an instruction to the Department of Justice, the IRS, and every other federal agency that the abuse of religious liberty will be stopped,” Perkins concluded. “Last fall,Ted hosted rallies for religious liberty in Iowa and South Carolina. The events featured the stories of religious liberty heroes and highlighted recent acts of government-sanctioned religious persecution against Americans of faith. More than 44,000 Americans have joined the campaign’s Faith and Religious Liberty coalition.”

Members of the Religious Liberty Advisory Council appear below. Titles and affiliations of advisory council members are provided for identification purposes only, and inclusion should not be construed as endorsement.

Chair – Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Ryan Anderson, Ph.D.
William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation

Dr. Tony Beam
Vice President for Student Services and Christian Worldview, North Greenville University

David Benham, entrepreneur

Jason Benham, entrepreneur

Ambassador Ken Blackwell
Former US Ambassador to the UN for Human Rights

Teresa S. Collett
Professor, University of St. Thomas

Jim Garlow, Ph.D.
Pastor, Skyline Church, San Diego, CA

Dr. Mark Harris
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC

Pastor Jack Hibbs
Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, CA

Bishop Harry Jackson
Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church, Bishop, International Communion of Evangelical Churches

Richard Lee, Ph.D.
President, There’s Hope America

Paige Patterson, Ph.D
President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Everett Piper, Ph.D.
President, Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Jay Richards, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, School of Business & Economics, The Catholic University of America

Steve Riggle, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, Ph.D.
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Kelly Shackelford
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

Carol Swain, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University