By Craig Andresen – The National Patriot and Right Side Patriots on cprworldwidemedia.net
“Is tolerance a two-way street or not? There’s a lot of talk about tolerance in this country today having to do with people on the left. But here Indiana steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in our state, and this avalanche of intolerance that has been poured on our state is just outrageous.”
Those are the words of Indiana’s Governor, Mike Pence, in the wake of liberal panty wadding over the recent passage and signing of that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Doesn’t Pence realize that the TOLERANCE liberals are always whining about only extends to those who feel as they do…believe as they do and advocate the exact same things as they do?
In fact, there are few groups in this country less tolerant than liberals but to really understand this latest sense of false outrage by the left, one must examine the RFRA.
What we have here is not at all unique. In fact, 19 states have passed just such an Act of their own but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Another 11 states have RFRA written into their state Constitutions.
How about this then…Illinois has its OWN RFRA and guess who voted for it?
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…that’s who.
Here is what the law does…it provides protection for people and businesses who, based on the freedom OF religion that IS found in our Constitution rather than the freedom FROM religion which is NOT in our Constitution…to operate in accordance to their religious beliefs.
Naturally, the liberal whiners are trying to make this all out to be nothing but an anti-gay thing…a law that does nothing but protect people’s ability to discriminate against gay people and naturally, the White House and the Obama regime are against it…even though Obama voted FOR the same thing as an Illinois senator and even though, in 1993, Bill Clinton signed the federal version of the exact same thing into law.
The RFRA protects ALL people and their business from being forced…BY THE GOVERNMENT…to violate their religious practices and only to a liberal fool can an Act that protects EVERYBODY’S religious freedom be seen as discriminatory.
Does Indiana’s RFRA legalize discrimination as liberals want you to believe?
Nope…not at all. In fact, under the Indiana RFRA as well as the rest of the states with it and even under the federal version of it…those believing they are the target of discrimination have a right to seek court redress regarding their complaints and when it comes to such things as the now famous ‘wedding cakes for gay weddings’ cases and others like them…the courts have yet to uphold a business owner’s claim that their religious beliefs are being trampled upon.
According to Daniel O. Conkle, professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a supporter OF gay rights…”In any event, most religious freedom claims have nothing to do with same-sex marriage or discrimination. The proposed Indiana RFRA would provide valuable guidance to Indiana courts, directing them to balance religious freedom against competing interests under the same legal standard that applies throughout most of the land. It is anything but a “license to discriminate,” and it should not be mischaracterized or dismissed on that basis.”
What Indiana’s RFRA or any of the others in effect does is to provide an even playing field with regard to “compelling interest” cases where laws or governmental pressure imposes substantial burdens on the free exercise of religion.
Again, according to Daniel O. Conkle…”Applying this test, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a Muslim prisoner was free to practice his faith by wearing a half-inch beard that posed no risk to prison security. Likewise, in a 2012 decision, a court ruled that the Pennsylvania RFRA protected the outreach ministry of a group of Philadelphia churches, ruling that the city could not bar them from feeding homeless individuals in the city parks.”
None of these facts are keeping liberals from wadding up their panties however as celebrities are boycotting Indiana…though not the other 29 states with an RFRA or for that matter, the entire United States due to Clinton’s 1993 signing of it and none of them are howling mad over Obama’s vote as an Illinois senator.
Angie’s List, headquartered in Indianapolis, has put THEIR proposed $40 million dollar…1000 job expansion on hold over the Indiana RFRA with their CEO, Bill Oesterle stating…“Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” and added that the proposed expansion is “on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future.”
Perhaps there is no better exhibit of the knee-jerk, brain-dead intolerance of liberals than that from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray who has now vowed to issue an executive order BANNING any and all taxpayer funded travel from Seattle to the state of Indiana.
Mayor Murray stated…“Seattleites know that discrimination has no place in our city. That’s just equality 101.”
That bastion of liberalism known as NY has also joined in the boycott of official travel to Indiana on a statewide basis.
I think we all know what they’re smokin’ in Seattle but…
Are they banning official travel from Seattle or New York to any of the OTHER 29 states with a RFRA either in their Constitution or enacted by law? Are they banning travel or business deals with the ENTIRE United States of America over the Clinton 1993 RFRA???
Nope…not a single objection lodged so far.
And who else has their collective heads up their collective asses over Indiana’s RFRA???
Apple, Inc., the City of San Francisco, the White House, Broadway’s Audra McDonald, $4 billion software firm salesforce, $50 million annual gaming convention Gen Con, Fortune 500 member Cummins, Eskenazi Health, Eli Lilly and Co., Yelp, George Takei, Pat McAfee, Jason Collins, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, James Van Der Beek, Sophia Bush, Dustin Lance Black, Mara Wilson, Jack Antonoff, the Mayor of Indianapolis, and the State of Indiana’s own tourism board and, oh yes…HILLARY CLINTON of all people.
In fact…ALL of the scenarios projected by the intolerant liberals are scenarios which would be heard in court and as has been the case so far…in any state with a RFRA…those denying services have been adjudicated AGAINST and it is the very laws, like the Indiana law they want stricken…that SEES to it that such discrimination does NOT take place.
But liberals aren’t about to allow their own hypocrisy stand in their way…
Indiana passes a RFRA…the same as exists in 29 other states, the same as was voted for by Obama as an Illinois senator and the same as signed into law by Bill Clinton…a law which expressly does NOT allow for the type of discrimination charged by liberals but let someone ask GAY bakeries for a PRO-TRADITIONAL cake and the tolerant liberals show their TRUE colors.
So why are all these liberals in such a tizzy over the Indiana RFRA? Because they have no understanding of what it really is and because so many holier than thou pretend Conservatives are embracing it as the answer to THEIR deep and misguided desire TO discriminate and cloak it in their religious fervor. Neither side of this whole thing has a clue what the Act actually does but one thing it decidedly does NOT do is allow a free license TO discriminate.
Nobody with a working brain cell would deem not providing goods of services to someone based on the color of their skin not to be discrimination and the same goes for refusing goods or services to anyone based on their gender.
The RFRA simply clarifies those points and provides guidelines to the courts so as to provide an even playing field where one’s religion cannot be cover FOR discrimination nor can the GOVERNMENT decide what religion is or is not allowed.
If you, as a business owner, decide you are NOT going to provide a good or service to someone based on who or what they are…you are engaging in discrimination and the Act guides the courts to act accordingly. Be as much of a bigot as you want at home or in your private life…but when you bring that into your business…you are most likely violating the laws of the state or municipality that issues your business license and you will pay the price of your stupidity.
The RFRA will not protect your right to be stupid…plain and simple.
Indiana is now working on clarifying language to make that crystal clear to those on both sides of this absurd argument who are too dense to realize that fact by simply reading the Act as passed.
Or just read the RFRA passed in Arkansas late yesterday afternoon.
Our founders and framers made sure to state two things very clearly...”All Men Are Created Equal” and…“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Sadly…that wasn’t clear enough for either liberals OR the holier than thou far right.
Boy…mandate SOCIALISM and not a PEEP from the liberals but…back up the 1st Amendment with RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR EVERYBODY and they’re SCREAMING…“OH MY GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”
TODAY, Wednesday, April 1st, on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 2 to 4pm EST, Craig and Diane will be discussing the impending Iranian nuclear sellout of a deal and Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s stand on religious freedom.
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