If you go onto Twitter and type #BoycottIndiana you will see a lot of people (I’m not going to classify them as liberal or left wing nuts) posting about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. On Thursday, March 26 2015 Governor Mike Pence from Indiana signed the act SB 101 and said, “Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith”. Now the state has activated the famous Twitter activists and started a Twitter campaign to #BoycottIndiana.
During a private ceremony on Thursday, Governor Pence gave a statement and said something I believe is key “Fortunately, in the 1990s, Congress passed and President Clinton signed, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — limiting government action that would infringe upon religion to only those that did not substantially burden free exercise of religion absent a compelling state interest and in the least restrictive means.” In other words the state senate and house were merely copying what President Clinton did in the 1990s. Governor Pence continues, “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” If you read the five page long SB 101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act you will see that gays aren’t mentioned at all. Pence also said, “In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved.”
If Democrats passed it on a federal level in the 1990’s, then why is a state currently under Republican control getting attacked by politicians and celebrities? The reason is simple – they are getting attacked because according to Twitter activists “gay rights” are more important than anybody else’s right. If Twitter activists would stop, read, and educate themselves by reading the five page long SB 101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act they would see the purpose of this act. Sadly for some reason they won’t bother to read it. In fact Indiana is not the only state that has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act as the states listed below also have them:
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
So why aren’t we boycotting the other states?
If you go to Indiana General Assembly page you will find this “Religious freedom restoration”. It prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest and provides a procedure for remedying a violation.
It specifies that the religious freedom law applies to the implementation or application of a law regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity or official is a party to a proceeding implementing or applying the law. It prohibits an applicant, employee, or former employee from pursuing certain causes of action against a private employer” which is a digest of the five page long SB 101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
It is sad to see the federal and state level officials create laws that were created by our founding father’s. This act should not even be talked about today, but we are seeing more and more attacks on Christianity and our principles. We are in a world where we aren’t united and this doesn’t help it. This only draws the division line deeper. So what can we do? How can we come together? Easy – find those people that you agree with like Josh Smith. If more people like Josh speak up and we the “Christian Conservative” join hand with them then we can win hearts and minds.
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV
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