CORE ISSUES

Faith, Healthcare, Fiscal Honesty, and Gun Rights

Faith Matters: Standing for the Freedom to Incorporate Faith In Our Workplace Associations


Logs together burn bright. Separate the logs and very soon the flames will go out. We have had 57 years to see the results of the religious component of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The religious component focuses on the religious freedom of the individual within a business and takes away the corporate religious freedom of a business with 15 or more employees.

I cannot speak for other religions, but the Christian faith was never intended to be lived out as a “lone ranger” but is meant to be lived out in the context of the daily encouragement of a community of believers. The writer of Hebrews exhorts, “Encourage one another daily, while it is still today, so that you will not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).

Of course, this daily encouragement can take place in a variety of ways, but the reality is, the workplace is where we spend the majority of our time and is, in general, the people we “walk with.”  Biblical wisdom such as the 1st Psalm or Proverbs 13:20 uses the phrase “walk with” regarding the importance of our associations.   Currently, 85% of our workforce are employed in businesses with 15 or more employees where freedom of religious association is restricted by Title VII. This percentage has grown with “mom and pop” stores being overtaken by “chain stores” run by big corporations. What has transpired is an ever-increasing moral degradation in our nation. 

I believe the biggest enemy to America is not terrorists from abroad but our own moral deficiencies. Furthermore, I believe it has been proven that a faith-based business has the potential to outperform its secular counterparts. However, the harassing of faith-based businesses by the federal government due to the religious component of Title VII, puts them at a disadvantage. The religious component of Title VII tries to restrict a business’ ability to hire according to their beliefs and values.  It’s high time to end the federal government trying to take faith-based businesses hostage and amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act so that the religious component is rescinded. 

Coming soon: A document titled “Including Faith-Based Businesses to Create a Truly Competitive Business Community: A Response to the Republican Platform’s Workplace Freedom for a 21 Century Workforce”

Healthcare Reform: Take it Back to the States

When we talk of compassion and individual responsibility as they pertain to healthcare public policy, I believe they must be balanced. I do not want to be guilty of going too far to the extreme in either direction. We can err too much on the individual responsibility side. Some people have adverse health conditions they are born with, but we know that others have conditions that are a result of unhealthy choices they have made. In the case of the latter, it is easy to become callous, not remembering the words of Jesus, “to him who is without sin let him cast the first stone.” At the same time, in that same biblical narrative, Jesus also said, “now go and sin no more.” I personally believe that Jesus saw a broken and contrite heart in the woman caught in adultery. I do not think that the actions of Jesus would have been the same if he saw a defiant attitude. In accordance with what I call the “whole counsel of God,” I believe that there is a place for “tough love” to be administered and being “too compassionate” is not the most loving route in helping people learn to take responsibility for their decisions.

When applying this to public healthcare policy, I do not claim to know the perfect balance between compassion and individual responsibility. What I do believe, not just about public healthcare policy but a myriad of other issues, is the following: There are elected representatives in all fifty state legislatures that should be committed and tasked to calculate and maintain that balance for the people they represent. I will not quote the words of Jesus this time but the words of Thomas Jefferson which reflect my core political philosophy: “The government closest to the people governs best.” I will stand with like-minded Republicans and anyone else who desires the reduction of federal power to mandate and the increase of states’ rights and power to develop and implement healthcare policy. This translates into repealing the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Being people of compassion is important to receiving the blessing of God for any nation; I just don’t believe it is the role of the federal government to define or mandate it.

Fiscal Honesty:  A Call to Sacrifice for Future Generations of Americans

I totally agree with the Republican Platform (written for the 2016 election and upheld in 2020) regarding the importance of reducing the federal debt. I can’t say it any better than they do. And yet, as Republicans held the presidency and both chambers of Congress from 2016-18, deficit spending continued at a greater rate than during the Obama Administration. The Republican platform states, “A strong economy is one key to debt reduction, but spending restraint is a necessary component that must be vigorously pursued.” That spending restraint was never implemented.

The Right to Keep in Check the Power of the Government

Power corrupts.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Need I say more about where I stand on our right to bear arms?  If anything, we need to try to enforce the laws that are already on the books in order to be responsible stewards of this foundational right.  Some in the government seem to be hell-bent on systematically taking away our freedoms, including the one afforded us in the 2nd amendment.  For reasons given to us by our founding fathers, we need to be very diligent about preserving our right to bear arms.

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As I continue to develop this page, I welcome and value your comments, central concerns and your thoughts on my core issues.  I want America to be the best possible place for all of us. It does not matter to me where you are in the political realm, everyone’s thoughts matter to me and will be considered.

Doug Bell for US Congress - Alabama's 3rd Distrcit
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