Liberals Have Discarded Religious Liberty

There are two ways of looking at the furor that has erupted over the signing into law of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act by the state of Indiana. One is to focus on the fact that this law is a bit different from a federal law of the same name that also has been passed in 19 other states in that its broader language allows claims of religious liberty to be invoked as a defense in civil lawsuits between private parties as well as those involving government action. But for anyone who has been listening to the debate about this law, if the one-sided opprobrium that has been hurled at Indiana in the liberal press can be dignified by such a term, there’s little question that legal debates about the need to balance the rights of individuals to observe the dictates of their consciences with those banning acts of discrimination have been thrown out the window in favor of a rush to anathematize anyone who dares to assert that the right to religious liberty can be viewed as being as important as the right to gay marriage. What we must ask ourselves, as Indiana and Governor Mike Pence are put in the stocks of popular culture and threatened with corporate boycotts, is how exactly are we to defend constitutional principles in an atmosphere in which the facts about the law and its implications are viewed as insignificant when compared to the perceptions of those advocating for the equal treatment on the basis of sexual orientation?

  • Progressive Liberal

    This is a disgusting law that was designed to encourage discrimination and the target is obvious: sex workers.

    Too many sex workers are breaking human rights laws every day by being homophobic and refusing to provide essential services to transgendered or same sex clients. This can not be allowed to continue and many more human rights lawyers need to be hired by all governments to put an end to this discrimination!

    Fight this discriminatory law. Put an end to discriminating people!

    • I’m convinced!

    • Minicapt

      Take what we give you, no discriminating!


  • JoKeR

    Why do people think this is the most pressing of issues?

  • tom_billesley

    The operators of a pizza restaurant in Indiana reportedly say they support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence and wouldn’t be willing to cater a gay wedding.
    The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, near the border with Michigan, told ABC News’ South Bend, Indiana, affiliate WBND that they don’t support gay marriage because of their religious beliefs, adding that they would be willing to serve gay or lesbian customers who come to their restaurant, just not a wedding.