Indiana Enacts Theocracy Legalizing Discrimination

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It is fairly well-established that Americans are not the brightest people, but even semi-literate folks have a fundamental grasp on reading comprehension. However, since Ronald Reagan opened government to theocrats intent on replacing the Constitution with bastardized Christianity, it appears that an alarming number of Republican legislators abandoned any pretense of reading comprehension. It is a national travesty because every legislator swears they will uphold the nation’s founding document they want to replace with an ancient religious text.

In America, according to Article VI of the Founding Document, “This Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land.” It is simply stated so that a third-grader can comprehend it. In the 14th Amendment to that “Supreme law of the land” it says “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive or deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” That protection includes anti-discrimination laws; something Republicans in Indiana just cannot comprehend, and refuse to countenance.

On Thursday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation legalizing discrimination based on the religious right’s “free exercise” of their bigoted beliefs that Republicans in Indiana contend are the law of the land. The law allows Indianans who are sued for discrimination to cite their religious beliefs as legal defense for bigotry under every conceivable scenario; all to give religious bigots legal cover to violating the 14th Amendment. It is a despicable trend among over a dozen religious red states passing theocratic laws to subvert the U.S. Constitution and Pence appeared proud. The law is extremely broad in scope and goes far beyond just legalizing bigotry and discrimination towards the LGBT community; no group is immune.

For example, evangelical employers angry at Jews for killing their Jesus can refuse to hire or serve an adherent of the Jewish faith them in their establishment and cite their religious freedom as a valid defense against discrimination lawsuits. The same applies to a landlord who refuses to rent to Muslims, gays, atheists, Catholics, Buddhists, Pagans, African Americans, or “Gingers” because the Constitution is subordinate to the bible in Indiana. After signing the theocratic edict into law Pence swore up and down that the unconstitutional law had nothing to do with discrimination. He said, “If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it.” Either Pence did not read the law or he is a liar; being a typical Republican he is lying.

The lying evangelical said he signed the law because of his ardent support for “the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith.” In his theocratic signing statement Pence claimed that  “Today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.” Government action is theocratic code for the U.S. Constitution that religious fanatics believe is abominably subservient to their reading of an archaic collection of religious mythos; mythos they claim is the supreme law of the land. Pence even went so far as to justify his claim of “attack by government action” by citing the University of Notre Dame’s fight to prevent any of its employees from accessing birth control because the Vatican will not tolerate anyone using what they consider immoral “unnatural birth control.”

Preacher Pence signed the theocratic edict in secret because there were mass events in Indianapolis in opposition to the theocratic law including the very profitable and powerful NCAA’s Final Four that decried the edict as discriminatory and suggested it will cause the state to lose out on future business. In fact, immediately after Pence ushered in theocratic law on Indianans, the theocracy felt the first pangs of negative economic impacts of a religious law legalizing discrimination in the state.

For example, a $4 billion software company that is part of the S&P 500, Salesforce, says that it is canceling  all of its events in Indiana. Salesforce CEO Benioff said, “We’ve made significant investments in Indiana. We run major marketing events and conferences there. We’re a major source of income and revenue to the state of Indiana, but we simply cannot support this kind of legislation.”

The company employs between 2,000 and 3,000 employees in the state and holds an annual event that draws over 10,000 people and injects over $8 million in Indianapolis’ economy. Benioff also said, “We can’t bring our customers or our employees into a situation where they might be discriminated against. We have a large number of employees and customers who would be impacted dramatically by this legislation; I’m advocating on their behalf.” The software company is not the only organization angry about the bigoted religious law.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) said it was “concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.” NCAA president Mark Emmert said, “The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events.” The NCAA hinted that future events will be affected as a result of the law, and despite Indianapolis hosting the college basketball championship 22 times since 1940, it will likely not in the future.

The co-founder of online transaction business eBay also condemned the religious law legalizing discrimination. Max Levchin said in a Tweet that, “What is happening in Indiana is pretty unbelievable. However it’s dressed up, it’s a signal that discrimination is welcome in this state.” Another giant group, GenCon, is the largest gaming convention in America with over 56,000 attendees spending more than $50 million in Indianapolis; GenCon said it would leave Indiana if the religious edict became law. However, maybe Pence and theocrats in the Indiana legislature can recoup the tens of millions in lost revenue through a massive bible selling campaign replete with a highly-publicized ceremony burning a stadium-sized Constitution.

What is a welcomed sign, and not surprising in 2015, is that the theocratic law is even too severe for many, many Christian religious groups. The leaders of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ have threatened to move their  Indianapolis convention that draws at least 6,000 attendees, and their valuable dollars, to the city. The church leaders sent a letter to Pence prior to his signing the religious edict saying, “As a Christian church, we are particularly sensitive to the values of the One we follow (Jesus Christ); one who sat at table with people from all walks of life, and loved them all. Our church is diverse in point of view, but we share a value for an open Lord’s Table.”

Even local Indianans condemned the theocratic law harshly. The mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, railed on the bill earlier this week and stated the obvious that it was “divisive” and sends “exactly the wrong message about Indiana’s openness. No one has explained why the Statehouse is focusing on divisive social issues when we have such pressing needs for action on infrastructure, jobs, child protection, and education.” One can possibly excuse Mayor Buttigieg’s statement, what with the unwritten American law against calling out extremists in the Christian movement in public, but he knows why Republicans focus on imposing theocracy on Indiana and the nation; evangelical clergy campaign from the pulpit and religious fanatics turn out to vote en masse for Republicans. These discriminatory, and patently unconstitutional religious, laws are remuneration for electoral support from evangelicals who helped install religious Republicans in Congress, state legislatures, and Indiana’s governor mansions.

The Democratic Party in St. Joseph county called on decent citizens to boycott businesses that exercise their new-found religious authority to violate the 14th Amendment of the Constitution and discriminate against people they hate; with is likely anyone who is not an evangelical fanatic. The party chairman said in a news release that “Personal beliefs are one thing, state sanctioned discrimination is another. The fight over who gets to sit at the lunch counter was won years ago. We have fought the fight against bigotry and hatred before and we will do it again now. If you believe in justice and equality for all, I call on you to join us in this moral obligation.”

It is also every Americans’ obligation to the Constitution on two counts; regardless what the Vatican-5 on the Supreme Court say. Government sanctioned religious imposition is patently unconstitutional, and the 14th Amendment is abundantly clear; even for Indiana’s Republican governor and legislature. They may have the reading comprehension of an amoeba, but they certainly understand that “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Whether religious right fanatics, religious Republicans, or Indiana Governor Mike Pence know or accept it or not, that equal protection issues forth from the United States Constitution which is the law of the land; not the Christian bible and damn sure not some bigoted Christofascist edict whether it is Indiana or the dozen other Republican states legalizing discrimination based on evangelical theocracy.

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26 Replies to “Indiana Enacts Theocracy Legalizing Discrimination”

  1. So, in the state of Indiana, doctors and hospitals can legally refuse to treat not only *actual* homosexuals but anyone they *suspect* of being homosexual??

    Airlines, car rental agencies, taxis & bus drivers can deny anyone they suspect of being gay transportation? Roadside emergency services as well? Schools can refuse to educate suspected homosexuals? Fire & police can deny help?

    It’s just a question of time before this gets extended to others whom Republicans don’t like … Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, Democrats … the list goes on and on.

    “We don’t like your kind” is sure to be the new greeting in Indiana … whether you in fact *are* that kind or not.

    Indiana is actually not so different than the Taliban in a lot of ways and claiming that their god prohibits educating homosexuals is not so different than the Taliban refusing to educate women.

  2. I can’t imagine the SCOTUS will go along with this.

    LBJ and MLK are groaning and rolling over in their graves.

    Hope Indiana loses their shirts with this.

  3. Does anyone remember a song from the 60’s that was titled “Indiana wants me”!? Well now “Indiana wants me”..only if I’m Christian, conservative, homophobic, bigoted, anti abortion, anti science etc. etc. This is not about freedom at all! This all about the freedom of the religious to discriminate against everyone who does not fit into the narrow parameters that they prescribe. This law is about removing constitutional rights from some citizens and giving ALL the rights to Christians. I hope signs go up all over Indiana that prohibit Christians from services and stores and employment. Of course you know that Herr Pence and his ignorant ilk will scream and cry Discrimination!!!

  4. i have lived in Indiana my entire life. Never have i been more ashamed of my home state. the views expressed by the indiana state government do not represent the population. i sincerely hope that visitors understand, the bigots are in the state house, not on the street.

  5. Businesses opposing the legislation should refuse to serve those who support the measurement. Let the bigots enjoy discrimination from the other side. Then wait for the whining to begin.

  6. My condolences on your Indiana residency.

    I truly hope Indiana suffers greatly.
    $$$$ talks

    Janet Brewer of AZ knew what the state would lose, and she didn’t sign it.

    “$50 Million Convention Threatens To Leave Indiana If Governor Signs ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill”
    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/_50_million_convention_threatens_to_leave_indiana_if_governor_signs_religious_freedom_bill

    “$4 Billion Corp. To Indiana: We Warned You About RFRA, Now We’re ‘Forced To Dramatically Reduce Our Investment'”
    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/_4_billion_s_p_500_corporation_to_indiana_we_re_out_of_here

  7. These actions only strengthen the democratic party. Teapublicans continue to be the party of hate and violence. Indiana will lose job creating businesses and other businesses looking to hold conference’s in Indiana!
    #boycotIndiana

  8. I wonder how many hoops this good christian soldier will need to jump through to nullify this piece of crap? Is it even possible at this point Putz?

  9. I hope companies pull out of Indiana and others refuse to go there. It would also be nice if all government funding could be pulled from these states. Let them see how they like that. Why do people put these nuts in power?

  10. This seems to me also that it can work just as well in reverse, and I would house, head, and claim the Satanic Church here! Though such a place could be considered a haven for all religious extremists.

  11. What company, would really want to even be associated with a state that feels this way? Well, only the ones who would not mind if their consumers spoke with their wallet.

  12. Why wouldn’t SCOTUS go along with this? They permitted Holly Lobby to determine what type of birth control they would allow their female employees to use. If they could do that, do you honestly believe they wouldn’t support this evil legislation? I don’t.

  13. This is basically an Epic Fail in motion…

    • They’re ticking off the businesses they need.
    • They’re ticking off the LGBT people…AND the families that love them…AND their friends…
    (Word of Mouth can undo the BEST advertising if used wisely…)

    I do NOT understand their fear/hate…and I hope I never WILL… :(

    I’m WAITING to see how it all unravels for these selfish imbeciles… :(

    #boycottIndiana

    LLAP.

  14. Government-sanctioned discrimination — it’s how the Republican Party envisions “American exceptionalism”.

  15. I’ve been attending Gen Con for the last five years, a newbie to most, but I still think of it as “we” because I was embraced so fully from day one. These are amazing people, that come from every walk of life, who fully embrace being who you are. They’re singles, couples and families. It’s more than gaming, including art classes, writing seminars, and more. I’d say at least 95% of attendees are either LGBT and/or fully support equal rights for all. We dump approximately $50 mil in to their economy each year. Indianapolis and its businesses have always been wonderful and have treated all of us freaks and geeks with respect and fondness. It sucks that they will be hurt by so many outside their city thinking they’re Birmingham, Alabama.

    Gen Con has a contract through 2020. I have no doubt that they have their lawyers looking for a way out. If one can not be found, this will ruin Gen Con. It’s been around since the 60’s and now, in 2015, discrimination is threatening to take it …

  16. Creation already saw the handwriting on the wall! Trekkies already know what fundamentalists can do to divide a group! I will be convention ins in Oregon this year!

  17. I guess bakeries in Indiana can now deny catering to those Christians who have chosen to go on with their 2nd or subsequent marriages.

    after all, Divorce is anti-god.

    Right?

  18. Look for Gov. Pence and the Neo-Confederate Legislature soon to lay the blame of businesses leaving and jobs disappearing on President Obama and Democrats, and watch as the numbskulls who voted for them to agree.

    This is par for the course with these irresponsible RW-misleaders and their hateful RW-voters.

  19. I’m embarrassed for my home state.

    There is a movement afoot — someone has designed a sticker to be placed on the windows and webpages of reputable businesses that says “We Welcome Everyone.”

    Since we can’t legally force bigots to put their own ignorance on display, we can surely run them out of business another way.

    I, for one, will not walk through the doors of any business that doesn’t display one of those stickers. There are MANY more of us than there are of “them” in this state.

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