Full text of Sen. Mike Lee's speech at Hillsdale College

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  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    June 12, 2015 12:35 p.m.

    @the greater truth wrote: "They came for religious freedom. To have the religious based community they wanted, and live by their laws and their views. Not everything they did was right, but it was their freedom."

    In what sort of Orwellian definition of 'religious freedom' does it mean only allowing one religion? As stated, the Puritan Pilgrim fathers of Boston executed a woman because she was a Quaker. If that's religious freedom, then I'm a banana.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

    @ The Greater--- They came for THEIR religious liberties, as Understands Math correctly pointed out, others, not so much.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 12, 2015 6:35 a.m.

    Mt Lee truly shines at these "red meat to the base events".

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2015 7:03 p.m.

    @Understands Math
    @OneHumanFamily

    Uh... no Lee is correct.

    They came for religious freedom. To have the religious based community they wanted, and live by their laws and their views. Not everything they did was right, but it was their freedom.

    The left wants to force everyone, every state , every community, to live by their views and their laws. And strongly discourage or totally deny any dissenting or opposing view.

    That is not diversity or tolerance or freedom.

    I guess they are really no different than those they complain about.

    The former is true diversity, true liberty, and true freedom. The lefts way is not.

    If the people are not allowed to assemble, speak out for their views, and influence or attempt to influence the making of law for their state or community or country (amendment 3, prop 8), if you punish those with views you disagree with (prop 8 supporter, bakers, etc., were/are being punished), then how can you claim diversity, tolerance or freedom?

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    June 11, 2015 2:23 p.m.

    "These were the pilgrims, the dissenters, and the conscientious objectors who had the courage to flee religious persecution in the Old World and the conviction to build a community of religious liberty in the New World."

    Sen. Lee, let's please disabuse ourselves of the notion that the Pilgrims were seeking religious liberty in the New World. In 1660, Mary Dyer was executed in Boston for the fell crime of being a Quaker. The Pilgrims wanted a lack of religious freedom.

  • OneHumanFamily Provo, UT
    June 11, 2015 1:14 p.m.

    "Today I would like to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the vulnerability of one of those ideals in particular: America's tradition of religious diversity, tolerance, and freedom."

    Funny how Mike Lee did not talk about "diversity, tolerance and freedom" when Amendment 3 and Proposition 8 were being discussed.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    June 11, 2015 12:34 p.m.

    Where's he speaking next? Bob Jones University? Liberty University?