As Religious Tyranny Arrives, Religious Freedom Lovers Flee Indiana

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Hobby Lobby-style religious discrimination has come to the Hoosier State, and Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, has let the cat out of the bag about the purpose of Indiana’s religious tyranny bill, posting on Facebook on March 25 that,

Indiana’s got the right idea! The Indiana House voted this week to approve a religious freedom bill that would protect business owners who want to decline to provide services for same-sex marriages. After the 63 to 31 House vote in approval of the legislation, The Washington Post says Governor Mike Pence plans to sign it as soon as it lands on his desk. Thanks to those in government who are standing up for the freedom and protection of Christians to live out their faith. I hope more states will be quick to follow suit.

Indiana has landed itself in a boatload of trouble with their new bill, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which doesn’t restore religious freedom, but does create religious tyranny.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says this is all a big “misunderstanding.” Less eloquently and far less convincingly than George Washington defending the Constitution in his letter to the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, Pence says “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it.”

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But Pence knows it is religious discrimination. And that is why he signed it. Listen to Pence try to sell the idea that freedom is tyranny and tyranny is freedom:

This bill was supposed to be a big deal for Indiana bigots. The idea that icky people they don’t like are equal to them is something they can’t tolerate, and now they won’t have to. Red State, the political rag that represents moochers and economic parasites, actually said yesterday,

It is really a freakin shame when the nation has deteriorated to the point where it is a) necessary to pass a law guaranteeing free exercise of religion and b) where it is controversial to do so.

That would be true if, a) the RFRA guaranteed the free exercise of religion and, b) it was necessary to do so. That’s already covered by the United States Constitution.

Such was the immediate outrage sparked by this new law from far and wide, including the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), the yearly gaming convention GenCon, the mainline Protestant denomination, the Disciples of Christ, and technology giant Salesforce, that Indiana has set businesses and organizations looking for places where actual religious freedom reigns (and those probably won’t be red states, Red State).

NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement,

The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events. We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.

“We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week’s men’s Final Four in Indianapolis are not impacted negatively by this bill.

Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.

This is huge in a state so closely associated with college basketball as Indiana.

Adrian Swartout, owner and CEO of Gen Con LLC, sent a letter to Pence in the wake of the bill being sent to the governor for signing, writing that,

Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.

According to Swartout, that’s an economic impact of $50 million a year (added to the $5.9 million impact of the Disciples of Christ) heading somewhere everybody gets treated like a human being. A place with actual religious freedom. In other words, one of the 30 states without laws like the RFRA.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff went on the Twitter warpath in response to the RFRA, tweeting:

Later, he tweeted, showing he’s serious:

And he continued to tweet:

While it’s doubtful the NFL will listen to Keith Olbermann of all people, he did score a solid extra point when he tweeted,

This medieval measure was supposed to be a moment of triumph for bigots throughout Indiana, for men and women who hate Jews, who hate Muslims and atheists and gays and lesbians and transgenders. Instead, Governor Mike Spence slunk away and signed it in private like the shameful act it was.

You see, an actual religious freedom bill has to protect all people. Indiana’s RFRA, by Graham’s own admission, only protects the rights of fake Christians like him to persecute everybody they don’t like.

I can think of a very prominent episode when it was legal to refuse to serve Jews: Nazi Germany. Stay classy, Indiana.

The RFRA is religious tyranny, the act of one religion saying it’s better than all others and deciding it will get to make all the rules for everybody else, regardless of their own beliefs. That’s pretty much the history of Christianity for the better part of the last 2000 years. People came to this country to get away from that.

We were bequeathed a secular Constitution to protect us from religious tyranny. The RFRA is the very thing the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent when they wrote Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution, and later, the First Amendment.

Like Mike Pence and Republicans everywhere, Graham doesn’t get that. He doesn’t “get” America at all. On March 23 he posted something that says more about his skewed views than about the people he hates:

One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder who are trying to impose a new morality—which is really no morality at all—jamming it down the throats of the American people. America has been blessed by God more than any nation on the face of this earth. When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles. We used to be “one nation under God,” now we’re a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.

Miley Cyrus may have said it best, when she said Mike Pence is an “a**hole,” posting on Instagram:

You’re an asshole @govpenceIN -1 cc: the only place that has more idiots tha[n] Instagram is in politics.

And as a little correction to Franklin Graham, we were one nation under God only since 1954. Before we became “one nation under God,” we were just “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

For all. Not just fake Christians who need an excuse to persecute minorities.

Graham, Pence, and their ilk, don’t understand their own Bibles, the U.S. Constitution, or American history.

I have an idea: Maybe Republicans should be required to pass a citizenship test. I bet Franklin Graham and Mike Pence would fail. But I bet they could find gainful employment in a terrorist organization somewhere.

68 Replies to “As Religious Tyranny Arrives, Religious Freedom Lovers Flee Indiana”

  1. Wait until the first ChristoFascist is refused service by a Muslim business owner under the new law. You’ll hear plenty of complaints about religious discrimination then.

  2. If Indiana feels they must defend their christianity by discriminating against US citizens, then christianity’s foundation must be very weak. Hatred for others who may be different is a pisspoor way of spreading the word of god. No wonder their numbers are declining.

  3. But you see, when you are in a service type business, as many Muslim and Jewish people are, they under stand the idea of ‘service’ A customer is a customer, regardless of how they worship or wear their clothes, or speak. If you do not wish to serve them, then get out of the service industry. Go plant a garden or work in a factory. This bill is not freedom in any sense of the word. These so called law makers need to read the Constitution they swore to uphold and maybe even the New Testament of the Bible they are so fond of quoting, especially Mr. Graham. Jesus even went to far as to eat (oh, my) in a Gentile’s home! Make all lawmakers pass a citizenship test before they can register to run for office. That is a test we require of all people who wish to become citizens and I will wager many of the state lawmakers could not pass. Probably most could not. When they take the test, they do not get to pick and choose which words they agree with and which words they do not like.

  4. I don’t understand how this law could be constitutional. What is next? “Whites Only” signs? Irish/Muslims/(pick your target) Need Not Apply?

    As long as your business uses the police departments, fire departments, roads, utilities, services and agencies that my tax dollars pay for in order for your business to prosper and grow, you will damn well serve me.

  5. I hope all companies, conventions, and expos cancel their events in Indiana. I hope the NCAA and the NFL and NBA refuse to hold any future events in Indiana. Let’s pressure Eli Lilly to move their corporate headquaters out of the state. Every CEO needs to examine their conscience and decide if they can continue to do business in a state where hatred, bigotry, and intolerance are now the law of the land. Don’t let these idiots get away with this shameful legislation. Make them pay a huge financial price for their warped morality.

  6. Seriously? You liberals are so out there, you all sound stupid. Let’s just look at an example of how you all are discriminating against Christians. [Quatsch] Double standards! Why aren’t you attacking any other religion?

  7. Yeah, this basically makes it “whites only” if you don’t want them in your store. You have a legal excuse to exclude them now. This is totally in violation of EVERYTHING America stands for.

  8. “And as a little correction to Franklin Graham, we were one nation under God only since 1954. Before we became “one nation under God,” we were just “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

    When I was a kid, we weren’t either. We were just “E pluribus unum”, which I think makes the most sense of all.

  9. I hope all large businesses LEAVE Indiana and none hold conventions that bring that impoverished, Federal-dependent State as a show of solidarity against this religious freedumb law.

    Neo-Confederates and fake Christians like Franklin Graham will defend their version of Sharia-law until the State is bankrupted…and it’s not as if they’re doing that well as it is.

    Indiana gets $1.81 for every dollar they pay to the Federal Gov’t. Compare that to New Jersey that gets $0.48 cents for every dollar they send, and California that gets $0.68 cents for every dollar we send.

    Indiana – just another moocher on Big Government’s teat, and you can thank the Neo-Confederate idiots for it.

    Franklin Graham and other fake Christians should start praying to their god for prosperity so that we can finally get these parasitic fake-Christian States to pay their fair share in these United States.

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

  11. Yes, let’s just look at that issue. Provide us some genuine examples of Christians being discriminated against, please.

    Übrigens hast du ein deutsches Wort (Quatsch) benutzt. Es fällt schwer zu glauben, dass du eigentlich Deutscher bist. In Europa würde man dich nur auslachen.

  12. This quote by Mike Pence sums up his thinking: “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”

    I am sure that reflects the thinking of most religious bigots.

  13. The next logical step to help those poor repressed Christian business owners is to pass a law marking teh gays so they do not have to serve them.

    I mean, they look like normal people so there should be a way that gay hatin’ God-fearin’ Christians can’t be tricked.

    Perhaps if they should have to wear like a pink or yellow patch on their jackets. It’s the next logical step in the process.

  14. Before you flipped your shit, why didn’t you supply an example of liberals discriminating against christians. Let me point out one thing for you. Your not being persecuted, your being ridiculed because you are intentionally stupid. Now go thump your bible and have a blessed day.

  15. So Pence is a christian, a conservative and a republican in that order. What happened to American? Notice the small letters. Did that on purpose because if those are the values, then they do not support the Constitution they are waving around and they do not support the bible (also small letters), since mine does not say what they say it does about the new Commandment Jesus gave “Love your neighbor as yourself”

  16. The quote by Pence certainly makes clear what his priorities are. What is most telling is that he didn’t even mention “American”.

  17. We aren’t mentioning other religions because none of the others are trying to cram their beliefs on others who do not share them.

    I’ll bet you were one of those who wailed that Muslims were going to come here and impose Sharia Law on American Christians. As far as I’m concerned, these “Christians” are doing the same freakin’ thing.

  18. WHAT discrimination? Not being allowed TO discriminate is not an attack on your faith, only your business practices that are already directed to serve openly or not at all. As someone who works in a large faith organization, I can tell the difference very easily. You’re not being harmed by being prevented from DOING harm.

    By your reckoning, mass murderers are discriminated against by being prevented from following their deeply held impulses. Get real.

  19. Really, what comes next for these poor martyrs for their religion?
    They already believe food stamps equal big screen TVs for certain people. Now they get laws passed for them reaffirming their beliefs that they are superior to some people and they have been somehow under siege by teh gays, even if they didn’t know it before.
    What is next? Can any trashy truck stop waiter or waitress refuse to serve someone they feel is gay? Because they is religious and HobbyLobby-like deeply feels it?

    People, we are living in those times. That long slow march into fascism is picking up speed. We’re not running yet but we *are* skipping now.

  20. Some 35 years ago, the GOP were successful in turning “liberal” into a 4-letter word — largely aided by Jerry Falwell and his immoral majority.
    It’s well past time that the Democrats do the same with the word “conservative”. The young and the new-to-America want their country to progress and to grow. Conservatives want things to either stay the same, or else regress into some fictional vision of the way they think things once were.

  21. Mr. Shut-It-Down Pence is a traitor to these United States. His State wouldn’t last a month without Big Gubmint money, seeing that Indiana takes $1.81 for every $1.00 they send to the U.S. Gov’t.

  22. That’s because he’s not. He’s a “Murican” and Neo-Confederate – and so are those who have voted for him. They are traitors who would rather see the Confederate flag waving above the White House than the Stars and Stripes.

    Yet, they can’t survive as a State without U.S. Gov’t help, and as a Californian who pays a lot of taxes, I’m getting sick and tired of funding those States that do everything to undermine our country.

  23. The same law can be used to discriminate against not only gays, but jews, asians, blacks and many others.

    It can also be used against the so-called christians.

  24. Pence is making the same mistake Brewer made. If you how your bigotry to interfere with governing, your state looses $$$$$. Money talks, now watch Pence back peddle regarding this law!

    The NCAA selected Indianapolis to host the final four and championship game. If Pence signs this into law, he can forget about the NCAA or any other sporting or cultural event selecting the Hoosier state.

    We’ve already made plans to attend the NCAA, so we have to go, but after this, I won’t set foot in Indianapolis again

  25. I find this to be excellent News. Now I as an atheist can treat theists like crap- because of religious ‘belief’ – and get away with it!

  26. Here’s food for thought for you jel – IF you can think.

    Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Statesman, Roman, 5 BC-65 AD

  27. I like the “EVERYONE IS WELCOME” business sign idea. All businesses that would like to survive in Indiana should have that sign plastered all over their places of businesses and in all their advertising. Businesses that want to use this stupid law would quickly become apparent – and become subject to boycott by sane Hoosiers.

    If the fake christians wanted to “ghetto-ize” themselves, this stupidity is a great way to do exactly that.

  28. Brodie, Christianity is a manufactured faith made from parts of other fabricated faiths. As in all lies it must be refreshed with more lies when the lies have been debunked by historical and empirical fact. Facts like Evolution and cosmology stand alone and need not be propped up or constantly repaired like religious faith or alleged biblical (truth).

  29. As always, just replace the word gay with black, Asian, Latino, Jew, Muslim or whatever and you realize how wrong this is. Hope no one does business in Indiana anymore.

  30. I sincerely hope that every professional sports team and entertainer cancels all upcoming events in Indiana. Most don’t need the money. If they have a contract, pay off the contract, but refuse to show up.

  31. Suzanne Moore, only clueless bigots say “In God we trust” Real actual educated Americans say “E Pluribus Unum”.

  32. NASCAR might be. They are nothing but rednecks who used to run moonshine. I’m not so sure about the Indy Car Series. Also the US Grand Prix is ran there as well. I wonder what Formula One’s position is on that.

  33. Please provide a good source with muslin bakers making cakes for same sex weddings. You can do the same about any faith who strongly reject marriage equality. We’ll wait.

    The fact is, progressives only sue Christians. They do not target Muslim bakers, Orthodox bakers, Hindu bakers, etc.

    This law will only free those those persons of engaging in services to same sex weddings. As a Libertarian i have it clear, it is their business.

    If you want to marry a woman i am all for you but if you want to force an orthodox Jew, a Muslim, an Evangelical to make your cake you are wrong.

  34. Quiet as it’s kept the only Christians I know who were discriminated against were African Americans (still are in many cases) and the Irish in the past. So if you are defending the discrimination of African American Christians – right on Bro![WINK]

  35. He decided to leave the house and run for governor, because he could join the “Ruin America One State at a Time” club. He joins his friends Walker,Scott, Christie, etc.

  36. I’ve read the bill, and nowhere does it mention the Bible.

    What it does do is provide legal cover to any person, any business, to do pretty much whatever they want and claim legal cover under the guise of religion.

    I can’t wait to see what happens when non-christians try to use this vile legislation to discriminate against christians.

  37. “In God we trust”, is on U.S. currency, the message is meant to keep the Republicans from feeling guilty when they steal it. They love to see other human beings suffer though.[wink]

  38. Chrishia law, and the televangelists are all winding them up for Messianic martyrdom but they are the aggressors.

  39. We have to respect our liberal values as much as the conservaturds respect theirs! We can no longer be nice about it any more! When we start yelling, they will say stupid stuff like stop whining! When we bring out the torches and pitchforks they call us thugs, when we declare war, they call us demagogues ! When we fire the first shot, then they want to discuss things!

  40. John, I wish you were right! The next thing Pence will do is ban non Christians ( non discriminating ) businesses by saying that he recognizes their religion only! Then can we make the twin propositions?
    Recall, and end the gerrymander! Once those pass! Get rid of Pence and the law!

  41. If Indiana insists on breaking a national law, all Gov funding OF ANY KIND SHOIULD BE STOPPED IMMEDIATLY.

    This State should become A feral state with no Gov intervention. They wish to go it alone, let them. Would be one less state the blues states need to prop up.

  42. When I grew up, we did say “one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all” My children did too. I still say the old form not liking the new.

  43. Tried to delete My children did too. More then once did not work. So apology coming.
    I was typing faster then I as thinking sorry!

  44. John, the sign has been designed and is in production as we speak.

    I won’t step foot in any business that doesn’t display it. Hopefully, we can put the bigots out of business.

  45. Funny how Christians are so paranoid about Sharia law taking over America, yet they pass a law that allows citizens to ignore laws that are “not compatable” with their religions beliefs. Expect burquas to start popping up all over the place in Indiana!

  46. If you were a Muslim, a Southern Baptist, a Hindu you would never engage in services to a ceremony that is not accepted by your faith. It is easy to talk being a liberal christian, try to put yourself in the place of others as i do even not being religious.

  47. WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Marriage is a civil ceremony not a religious one.If your snake handling church don’t want to marry gays then don’t. See how simple that is

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