By now you’ve probably heard about the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by the Indiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
The reason you’ve probably heard about it is because the entertainment industry, the mainstream media—aren’t those the same thing?—and even Democrat presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, have made the outrageous claim that the law has essentially legalized discrimination, specifically discrimination against homosexuals.
But that’s a nothing more than a lie driven by political correctness and a political agenda.
Indiana’s religious freedom bill uses nearly identical language and adopts the same approach to the exercise of religious freedom under the First Amendment as the federal bill passed in 1993 and signed into law by Hillary’s husband. By the way, that law passed the House of Representatives unanimously, and fell just three votes of being unanimous in the Senate (97-3).
From the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993:
Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
From Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
A governmental entity may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if the governmental entity demonstrates that application of the burden to the person: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
One of the facts either overlooked or ignored by the homosexual activists on the left is that Indiana is pretty much a “Johnny-come-lately” on this one. Nineteen other states already have laws with nearly identical language on the books, and there are eleven additional states with laws containing similar language resulting in the same conclusion.
This faux outrage over Indiana’s religious freedom bill is proof of the out-of-control homosexual agenda and its tyrannical assault on religious liberty, much as we saw in Houston, TX. last year.
But most troubling is this: if these things continue, we will soon see the day that Christians will be “branded” in a manner similar to the way the Nazis branded the Jews in WWII, faced with breaking the law and possibly put in jail, simply for following their faith.
And for those who say I’m overstating things, I leave you with these two quotes on the subject from a piece I wrote over a year ago:
From an article entitled Gay power vs. religious liberty:
“The legal struggle for queer rights will one day be a struggle between freedom of religion versus sexual orientation.” – Canadian lesbian lawyer Barbara Finlay, quoted by columnist John Leo and Janet Folger (Porter), “The Criminalization of Christianity”
And this from the Obama administration:
The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist law professor and Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) appointee Chai Feldblum describes the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.
“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests.