As a man of faith, I know how crucial it is for our 1st Amendment rights to be honored and protected. Freedoms of religion, speech, press, and peaceable assembly are cornerstones of our Constitution and nation.
Our Virginia Constitution says, “That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.
“No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities” (Section 16).
As your delegate, it would be my honor and duty to uphold the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions.