Merrill Franz: Exercising Constitutional Rights doesn’t make you a ‘sovereign citizen.’

Merrill Franz and his nephew Ron Franz of Washington have written a book titled “Freedom to Worship: How to Guard Your Constitutional Right from Government Agencies.”

In creating the United States Constitution, Congress recognized and knew that state agencies would attempt to restrict individuals’ rights over 200 years ago. In increasing numbers, private citizens across the United States are dealing with local and state governments who are fining and citing them for violations of local laws restricting worship privately.

Merrill Franz and Ron Franz want to teach the public how to stand up for their Constitutional rights when the state or local governments force their way into private citizens’ freedoms and rights.

“Freedom to Worship” was written over the course of twenty years. Along the way, narrow-minded and biased remarks have accused Merrill Franz of being a “sovereign citizen”, one who resists the law, the United States Constitution, and those who uphold those while part of a business called DTM Enterprises in St. Marie Montana. This is the far opposite of what Merrill and Ron Franz believe and uphold. Paraphrased from a live interview, Ron Franz states that the acknowledgement of the book is written “ In thankfulness for this great land, the men and women who serve, for law, order and trust of the principles this country was founded upon.” That is not the mindset of a sovereign citizen.

Merrill Franz with his nephew, Ron Franz wrote “Freedom to Worship” to educate those who are dealing with local and state governments who want to restrict United States Constitutional First Amendment rights out of ignorance of the Constitution.

Ron Franz states: “There is no Constitutional law against gathering to practice religion in the United States: state agencies are the real culprit.” In the case of a pastor in Arizona, the local government filed civil commercial code violations against a private gathering of worship on the pastor’s own property. The Constitution clearly states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (Bill of Rights, United States Constitution, 1791).

According to Ron Franz, the book outlines how to use due process and describes the pathway to petition the government. It is a proven process and has worked each and every time it has been put into use by a private citizen, without the use of attorneys. “And that is the best kept secret of the attorneys” says Ron. “They don’t want to lose money, but the average citizen is able to demand a hearing to discuss charges brought against them. Every state is required by law to have a chartered pathway for administrative hearing. It is effective, cheap, and simple.” The book, “Freedom to Worship: How to Guard Your Constitutional Right from Government Agencies,” is meant to help the public, and specifically pastors and ministers, in dealing with state agencies.

God was once central to the United States. Over time, worship of God has been pushed aside by the very freedoms that the United States affords its citizens. Those who worship are guaranteed that freedom. “Freedom to Worship” by Merrill Leon Franz and Ron Franz offers a chance for private citizens to take a stand and protect themselves from those who want to smother the rights and freedoms of others.

“Freedom to Worship: How to Guard Your Constitutional Right from Government Agencies” written by Merrill Leon Franz and Ron Franz is available through