Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oh please - NOM wants people to thank Mike Pence

National Organization for Marriage has a new blog post Tuesday titled Thank Governor Pence for Defending Religious Freedom! NOM's president, Brian Brown, has some interesting ideas about Indiana's new RFRA:
The law simply reiterates citizens' constitutional rights to the free exercise of religion and proposes that the government only be allowed to inhibit it if they can demonstrate a compelling government interest and do so in the least restrictive means possible.

Yet, the same-sex 'marriage' lobby is running around spreading outright lies — parroted by the media — that this very limited and common sense legislation amounts to a license to discriminate and persecute homosexuals.

Tony Perkins: "Christians would never deny ... services"

Tony Perkins
Apparently we now have a new form of business license “Religious Business.”

On Tuesday Tony Perkins sent an email to supporters reacting to Indiana Governor Mike Pence's news conference. Perkins, leader of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, has some interesting ideas about what constitutes discrimination.
The governor addressed the complete falsehood that RFRA is about denying people a seat in a restaurant or a room at a hotel. Christians would never deny people these services but being forced to participate in a ceremony that violates religious beliefs is completely un-American and uncivil. We must ensure that religious business owners are not forced by the government to participate in a same-sex ceremony. What RFRA is intended to do is to protect people from government discrimination. However, until we see the wording of his proposal, the impact on religious businesses and churches is unknown.

[ICYMI] Go figure: Ryan T. Anderson schooled by Michael Steele

This clip featuring Ryan T. Anderson, Dan Savage and Michael Steele is from Monday's night's All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Anderson is no match for either Savage or Steele (religious fundamentalism makes smart people stupid). Savage reminds us that the intent of Indiana's law was to make it possible for businesses to discriminate against gay people, particularly gay couples seeking wedding services.

Pence: "I abhor discrimination"

If you believe Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is this all one big misunderstanding — one fueled by shoddy reporting. In spite of the law's text Pence insists that the Indiana law does not give anyone the right to deny services. Technically he is correct in that the law provides only an affirmative defense to charges of discrimination. However, the net result is the same.

Pence is calling for a legislative fix. Other than recalling the law the only way to “fix” this is to identify sexual orientation and sexual identity as protected classes in Indiana. I doubt that is going to happen.

Gov. Pence claims that the law has been “smeared.” Pence now claims that he is offended. It remains to be seen if Indiana's Republicans will offend our collective intelligence with a “fix” that is nothing more than window dressing.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Anderson: "Tim Cook got it all wrong"

Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has stirred up the religious right with his OpEd in the Washington Post titled; “Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous.” Cook makes the point:
A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.

Will Indiana really "clarify" its "religious freedom" act?

The AP is reporting that Indiana's Republican legislative leaders have said Monday that they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. This follows a terrible performance on television on Sunday by Governor Mike Pence.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On ABC's This Week, Gov. Pence confirms the bigotry behind Indiana's new law

On ABC's This Week host George Stephanopoulus was unsuccessful at getting Indiana Governor Mike Pence to answer simple yes or no questions. Pence offered four arguments:
  1. That the bill has been “shamelessly” misrepresented in the media.
  2. That the bill is the same thing as the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  3. That the bill is the same as the one that Barack Obama voted for as an Illinois state senator.
  4. That tolerance is a two-way street.