Asks Andrew Klavan:
Georgia state Senator William Ligon asks but does not answer a question on today’s Wall Street Journal op-ed page: “Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?” The question is raised by the ferocious corporate response to attempts in Georgia and other states to reinforce at the state level religious protections already guaranteed by federal law. The New York Times, a former newspaper, has scurrilously and dishonestly labeled these “Anti-Gay Laws,” because they would prevent priests and pastors from being forced to perform gay marriages against their faiths and consciences.
Ligon notes that businesses have been quick to bring pressure to defeat such laws
Apparently puzzled by all this, Ligon quotes a study showing “economic competitiveness is stronger in countries with fewer government restrictions on religious liberty.” But what on earth makes him think corporations are interested in competition? Corporations and other successful businesses love big government precisely because it stifles competition. The big guys can pay lawyers to cut through government red tape while the little guy with a better idea and a cheaper price is crushed beneath taxes and regulations.
What big corporations hate is freedom of the individual conscience, internally governed families, and churches powerful enough to stand up to the make-believe righteousness of government decrees More.
Reality check: Public education inculcates the myth early that big business embodies and enshrines the values of capitalism. Actually, it is mainly small and micro business that does that.
The confusion is convenient for progressives because they can market the behaviour of big business as evidence of the failings of capitalism—often at precisely the point when the failings are due to lack of free competition. But it works because they are playing on an existing confusion. In the ideal progressive state, government and big business are indistinguishable and interchangeable. And the public never gets a straight answer, let alone input.
And certainly not the right to take their deepest values from a higher source.
See also: Belgian Catholic bishops take meaningful stand against euthanasia. They actually id something. (The reality is that most religious members of the public were raised as progressives and will not fight.)