When our Founding Fathers wrote the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they thought that they had insured that every American would have the freedom to live and worship according to their religious beliefs. This was done specifically to counter the religious discrimination that took place in England and other European countries where people were told what religion they were allowed to believe in and how they could worship and live that religion. That religious persecution is what led many of the earliest colonists to brave the treacherous migration to the American wilderness.
The First Amendment reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” [Emphasis mine]
Yet, our current government has been systematically preventing the free exercise of religion, specifically Christians. Liberals who cherish their sinful and perverted lifestyles have pushed hard to infringe on the religious rights of Christians. I’ve written a number of articles about various Christian business owners who have been sued for living their Christian faith. Obama intentionally targeted Christians with his contraception mandate and preventing our military personnel from living their Christian faith.
Some conservatives are tired of having liberals and the Obama administration trample on their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion. Republicans in Indiana passed a bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law last Thursday.
The new law allows Christians to live their faith as stated in the First Amendment. While the bill says nothing about sexual orientation or any form of discrimination, it does allow Christian business owners to decline providing services that would go against their faith. Namely, bakeries, photographers and florists could refuse to make their services available for same-sex ceremonies if they believe that it violates their Christian faith.
Gov. Pence defends signing the bill, saying:
“This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it.”
Pence then tweeted:
“I signed SEA 101 today to ensure religious liberty is fully protected under IN law.”
Eric Miller, with Advance America, was present at the private signing of the bill and commented afterward:
“It is vitally important to protect religious freedom in Indiana. It was therefore important to pass Senate Bill 101 in 2015 in order to help protect churches, Christian businesses and individuals from those who want to punish them because of their Biblical beliefs!”
But even before Pence signed the bill, LGBT liberals started screaming discrimination as loud as they could. They claim that it’s discrimination if a Christian operates their business according to their religious beliefs while at the same time claiming that their perverted and sinful lifestyles allow them to violate the constitutional rights of others.
They’re blind to their own hypocrisy. If a Christian practicing his/her faith is guilty of discrimination by not wanting to provide services to any person or event that goes against their faith, then LGBT liberals are just as guilty of discrimination by intentionally targeting Christian businesses so as to force their perverse agenda against them.
Liberal opponents are already threatening to file lawsuits against Indiana’s law, but they may face a tougher battle than they realize. The mayor of Seattle, Washington has vowed to take legal action against Indiana over the bill. Indiana is not alone as 19 other states have already passed similar laws and Arkansas’ version has been passed and awaiting signature of their governor. All of these state laws are based upon the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law in 1993 by then President Bill Clinton. Ironically, Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the bill that’s based upon the one her husband signed 22 years ago. I’m waiting for Barack Obama to condemn the bill, forgetting that he supported a similar bill when he was an Illinois state senator. Opponents have already mounted ads to draw businesses away from the Hoosier State and threatening boycotts.
Hopefully the Indiana law will stand firm against the coming onslaught of liberal attacks and allow the residents of Indiana to live and run their businesses by their faith as they are guaranteed by the First Amendment.