When we talk about religious freedom, what exactly do we mean? Is it simply the freedom to think or believe what we want? Is it simply not being compelled to confess a certain thing or to worship a certain way? Is there more to this “right” that Americans cling to so desperately? Actually there is more to this right.
As I have often pointed out when reporting on a Christian facing major financial burden and slander for refusing to participate in sodomite unions, it is a matter of acting. You see, what many who have no faith fail to realize is that our Christian faith informs all action in life. It is not simply a matter of what I believe; it is a matter of how should I live because of those beliefs. And to have true religious freedoms means to be free to act as I see fit and to refrain from acting as I see fit.
In the face of many court actions across the country for Christians not participating in sodomite unions, states like Indiana and now Arkansas are enacting new religious freedom measures. These measures prevent business owners from being compelled by their government to participate in services that would violate their consciences. Such as providing flowers or baking a cake for a sodomite union ceremony.
The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.
Now, the issue is not whether people who own a restaurant can refuse to serve sodomites. See the thing that these people are trying to do is make this not a religious issue but a civil rights issue. This could not be further from the heart of the question. It is not as if one can know for sure that someone is a Lesbian by the way they ask for pie or coffee. No, it is that the sodomites want to force all of society to agree, at least outwardly, and participate in their abominable actions.
Reuters’ report shows what I mean
Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays, in a move that prompted protests from some business leaders.
Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory and broader than other state religious freedom laws.
I hope that this is clear, but in case it is not, let me explain. As Reuters reports what the law was meant to do and who it was to protect, it makes sure that the negative is reported. Simultaneously, we are told that it was meant to be such and such, but is so and so instead. This is a way to ensure that you are left with the negative view in your mind. The thought you are left with is that this is about discrimination, even though it is about a person’s right to refuse to break his conscience.
Lastly, we see that these people are well funded and are ready to undermine anyone who does not tow the line politically.
Opponents of the bill hoped to target Hutchinson’s promise to be a “jobs governor” made during his successful bid last year for the state’s top office. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group, has run ads in Silicon Valley aimed at the same technology firms Hutchinson has said he wants to lure to Arkansas.
Though this law has nothing to do with these companies nor their services, they are used as levers to wedge Hutchinson. Will he cave like Alabama Governor Robert Bentley? Only time will tell.