The Liberal Hysteria Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Bill Has Begun
Earlier this week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a religious freedom bill that some think is discriminatory, and could lead to businesses being allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers. The governor soon found himself under siege by nearly 3,000 angry protestors, according to The Hill.
The Washington Post also mentioned that President Bill Clinton signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act & in 1993. It was introduced in the House of Representatives by then-Congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY). By a voice vote, it passed the House, then worked its way to the Senate, where members voted 97-3 in favor of the law. I'm going to bet that these protestors won't be showing up at Bill Clinton's residence, or any of the members of the U.S. Senate-current and former-who voted in favor of the bill, to voice their outrage.
The position that wedding-related businesses having the right to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers based on religious grounds is popular.
In short, this faux outrage is grounded with folks who didn't get the memo.
Actually, it's probably folks who refuse to read the memo. A Democrat proposed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and it was signed into law by a Democratic president.
It's a 22-year old law! Forty percent of states have RFRA tests within their state laws, and it's not a "blank check" to discriminate given that there is a high threshold in determining genuine religious beliefs, satisfying a compelling government interest, and making sure the latter is honored in the least intrusive way possible.