GOP Presidential Contenders Kowtow To Religious Right, Support Discriminatory Indiana Law

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Amid the political firestorm created by Indiana’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Republican presidential contenders are lining up to defend the law, and Indiana’s embattled Governor Mike Pence, who signed it.

On Monday, presumed Republican front-runner Jeb Bush told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt:

I think Governor Pence has done the right thing.

Dismissing criticisms of the law as unfounded he continued, by saying:

I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.

A spokesperson for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker didn’t comment directly on the Indiana law, but she pointed out that Walker supports “religious freedom” as a matter of principle.

In addition to Bush and Walker, a number of other Republican presidential competitors weighed in, all expressing support for allowing discrimination if it is based on deeply held religious beliefs. Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz all spoke out in favor of the Indiana law.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement on Monday defending Pence and the Indiana law. Cruz stated:

I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition. There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Alas, today we are facing a concerted assault on the First Amendment, on the right of every American to seek out and worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience,” the Texas Senator said.

Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the Hoosier State. Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across this country who are deeply concerned about the ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties. I’m proud to stand with Mike, and I urge Americans to do the same.

With each of the prominent Republican candidates throwing their weight behind religious-based bigotry, the GOP has shown just how out of touch with American values they have become. In the Republican presidential field, there is not one voice who will stand up and say faith-based discrimination is wrong.

The GOP field has no leaders. Instead, it is dominated by weak men who dutifully kowtow to the religious right because they are afraid to stand up to evangelical bigots for fear that it may cost them support in the Iowa Republican caucuses. Some of the Republican presidential candidates may be bigots themselves. The ones that are not are simply cowards. Either way, because the Republican presidential field has embraced the politics of faith-based discrimination, none of them are fit to govern the nation.

39 Replies to “GOP Presidential Contenders Kowtow To Religious Right, Support Discriminatory Indiana Law”

  1. Most Americans don’t realize a religious war is taking place in America, they think it’s only happening in the Middle East.

  2. In fact, now that corporations are people and money is speech, we can predict that “religious freedom” will be most the prerequisite of the biggest people who have the most money/speech, and that they will suddenly find religious convictions mandating that they pay slave wages, hire children, keep company towns, dictate how, or if, their employees vote…They’re entitled to their convictions, to be sure. Not religious ones.

  3. Candidates kowtowing to the far right for the primaries is always a good idea.

    Remember how well that worked for President Romney?

  4. Of course they’re taking this stance. Then after who ever the GOP nominates as their presidential nominee is done pandering to the right in order to get nominated in the first place, they have to spend the rest of their campaign trying to convince the moderates that they’re really not that extreme & are electable. The GOP has created this impossible process & they deserve everything they get.

  5. if we get a republican president in 2016 we are “screwed” big time. the republicans got a black president and they lost their minds. republicans are the reason for all this racism. republicans want to take away everything from us – ssn, aca, medicare/Medicaid. republicans will take us back to the 1800’s if they could. republicans are hypocrites, do as I say not as I do is their slogan. republicans have done nothing but blame, repeal and lie just to get votes.

  6. Annette, I agree with everything you’ve said. And will add that the GOP is so consumed by their hatred for President Obama they can’t even see straight, no pun intended. The GOP is good at inciting hatred in the masses & telling everyone what they don’t like. The problem is they never offer solutions that don’t create more problems. Whenever the GOP isn’t obstructing & actually governs, they find that their policies are shortsighted, deeply unpopular, not necessary & just plain ridiculous. The GOP is completely out of touch with modern day USA.

  7. The BIGOTS stand with BIGOTS

    COMING SOON:
    NO GAYS, NO JEWS, NO ASIANS, NO HIPPIES, NO WOMEN, NO BLACKS, NO INDIANS, NO SENIORS, NO MIDGETS, NO MUSLIMS, NO ATHEISTS, NO CHILDREN, NO RUSSIANS, NO DRUGGIES, NO HISPANICS, NO CATHOLICS, NO BUDDHISTS, NO TALL PEOPLE, NO DEAF PEOPLE, NO POOR PEOPLE, NO HANDICAPPED, NO BLIND PEOPLE, NO SPECIAL NEEDS, NO NATIVE AMERICANS, NO MIDDLE EASTERNERS

  8. Annette, I agree with everything you say. And will add that the GOP is so consumed by their hatred for President Obama they can’t even see straight; no pun intended.

    The GOPTP is good at inciting anger, fear & hysteria in the masses. They’re good at saying what they don’t like. The problem is, the GOP never offers solutions that don’t cause more problems. The US has bigger problems then the imaginary social ills the GOP is trying to cure with their deeply unpopular policies. The GOP is completely out of touch with modern day USA.

  9. Hatred is the fuel of fear, and for white conservatives their hatred of anyone who is different masks the fear attached to the realization that their America is never coming back!

    The tea bag/repubs govern by the 5 G’s and FEAR, FEAR, FEAR, FEAR
    GAYS, GOD, GUNS, GREED and GYNOCOLOGY

  10. Of course these Christian bigots back Heir Pence! they are as incapable of rational thought. They will double down until they can’t anymore and then they will place the blame for THEIR bigotry and hatred SQUARELEY on the shoulders of the Democrats and Liberals. Crying out loud that “the Godless Liberals have forced us to these extremes because they think every one has equal rights in god’s eyes” and the eyes of the nation”

  11. When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/26/3333161/religious-liberty-racist-anti-gay/

    “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”
    — Judge Leon M. Bazile, January 6, 1959

  12. The GOP and their “elite” 1% corporate masters are all “pretending” now that they were actually “chosen” specifically by their truly-evil and insane (make-believe) “god” of the “christian-bible” too “rule” the U.S.A.. Can you guys really believe this insane bull-shit??? Its truly “ungodly”!!! In my opinion. The “antichrist” now “rules” and controls the entire GOP. “Hell on Earth” not “Heaven on Earth” is here now!!! Thanks to the gop’s “god”. Gop “god”!!! Please, please, bless the U.S.A.. [WINK]

  13. this is what the Republican/Tea Party want in the U.S.A.
    NO GAYS
    NO JEWS
    NO ASIANS
    NO HIPPIES
    NO WOMEN
    NO BLACKS
    NO INDIANS
    NO SENIORS
    NO MIDGETS
    NO MUSLIMS
    NO ATHEISTS
    NO CHILDREN
    NO RUSSIANS
    NO DRUGGIES
    NO HISPANICS
    NO CATHOLICS
    NO BUDDHISTS
    NO TALL PEOPLE
    NO DEAF PEOPLE
    NO POOR PEOPLE
    NO HANDICAPPED
    NO BLIND PEOPLE
    NO SPECIAL NEEDS
    NO NATIVE AMERICANS
    NO MIDDLE EASTERNERS

    Think I’m kidding? Just wait…

    It reminds me of the story about Nazi Germany…
    The Nazi’s came for the Jews. I said nothing, I’m not Jewish. Then they came for the gays. I said nothing, I’m not gay. Then they came for the handicapped. I said nothing, I’m not handicapped. Then they came for the Catholics. I said nothing, I’m not Catholic. Then, they came for me…and there was no one left to stand up for me…

    Some just don’t seem to understand, “we’re all in it together”… We can choose to live together or kill each other. Take your pick…

    One last thought…that pe…

  14. I feel so sorry for you guys having to live under this kind idiocy.
    On the other hand, thank you taking the spotlight off of Alabama as far as “ignorant” goes, if just for a few minutes.

  15. Whichever of them wins the nomination will backtrack with a ‘what I meant’ speech. Along with a ‘what I meant’ speech on abortion, immigration, Social Security…

  16. I don’t think that is not one of your smartest comments, and when it comes to Jews, Obama is the Israel hater. You probably think Obama can do no wrong. When Obama can do so much wrong and people like you don’t see any of it, it is the people like you that are the problem with America. Wake up Luis, you can’t be that dumb, can you?

  17. The questions that needs to be put to EVERY candidate for public office:
    1. “Do you think a person should be able to be fired simply for being a member of the LGBT community?”

    2. “Do you think landlords should be able to refuse to rent to members of the LGBT community?”

    3. “Should same sex couple have the right to marry?”

    They should be asked these question at every major campaign stop!

  18. When was the last time the republican party had a solution to any of the issues that concern the people that elected them to office? I mean, like minimum wage, voting rights, unemployment, infrastructure, homelessness, veterans care, and so on. All they say is that the Democrats have it wrong, never what they would do to fix it. When you ask them, they just repeat the litany.

  19. Of course the clowns on the crazy bus are going
    to support their hater platform of discrimination
    thinly veiled behind religious rationalization. GOP
    strategists got dubyah a second term in office
    despite his obvious stupidity by telling evangel-
    ics he would fight marriage equality and evil stem
    cell research. The fox news sheeple bought it and
    Amurika got four more years if misguided idiocy
    thanx to repug spin-doctoring. Father forgive them…

  20. Ted Cruz says that this bill passed by Pence is part of a fight for religious freedom. What? It is not, this has nothing to do with the First Amendment or religious freedom. Why does the right continually misinterpret the Constitution? Is this purposeful or are they just dense? Personally, I think they have a reason

  21. Chris you generalize which completely destroys any argument you may be trying to make. As far as Obama being an Israel hater, please give us some specific examples.

  22. I would be careful about implying that others are not smart in light of the fact that you completely missed the point of what Luis was saying.

  23. Christians have the right to be who they are, gays have the right to be who they are and gun owners have their rights.
    Who is the most offensive in exercising those rights?
    Indiana has also legalized open and concealed carry of firearms.
    I wonder if any of these “Christians” have religious beliefs strong enough to deny service to a guy carrying an AR-15? [WINK]

  24. Also stumptownhero ask the what our national motto is. If they answer falsely and say In god we trust, then they are not electable.

  25. Dice, be that as it may our national motto IS REALLY STILL TO THIS DAY “E Pluribus Unum” only on our federal notes is it official. I know this because when you see OFICIAL documents stamped E Pluribus Unum is on them, look at our seals on federal buildings.

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