Hello, I’m Gary Stratton and I’m running to be your state representative for Franklin County.
I have a question for you. What if, one day you or I could no longer worship or observe our religious customs as we have usually done, like attend a worship service on Sundays or join with others in religious service?
As a Christian, I believe that I am to worship God according to my conscience and my conviction. This could mean attending worship services, serving on mission trips, or serving to minister at a local shelter.
As a candidate seeking political office, I believe that our country and our state should not be in the business of mandating or excluding people from their religious freedoms, whether someone chooses to worship or chooses not to worship.
In fact, the First Amendment to the US Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Also, contained within our commonwealth’s constitution, Section 5 in our bill of rights says that no preference shall be ever given to any religious sect.
I will always fight for the right of our commonwealth’s citizens to worship freely as they choose. And I will always be on guard against the state or nation’s encroaching on our rights to freely worship and exercise our religious freedoms.