The RFRA recently passed by Indiana is a bad law, but it’s a bad law the same way as the RFRAs passed by 19 other states and the Federal Government are bad laws. There is no need for the RFRA if the courts recognize pre-existing religious freedoms and freedom of association. There is no need for the RFRA if people simply let free markets work. If you’re gay and your baker of choice won’t bake you decorated cookies with gay power slogans on them because he is a devout Christian who doesn’t support your lifestyle choice, that’s his right — as it is your right to go out to your community and tell people that he isn’t friendly to your cause and that maybe his business should be avoided because of that. See? Free market at work instead of a tiny minority of hyphenated Americans wagging the full force of the law dog to force someone to do something that goes against his or her religious belief. In other words, the way things have been done in this country for years, at least until the Perennially Indignant came up with the idea that you could litigate someone out of business for the most ridiculous of reasons.
The sheer amount of lying on the left regarding what this law does is just about enough to make me tear out the rest of my remaining hair, and then start in on the beard. And it’s just plain lies. It’s not just misconstructions or insinuations or little white lies, it’s great big fucking whopper lies. My own wife told me the other night that our RFRA is the only one that specifically targets gays. Problem with that is that I actually read the statute, and it does nothing of the sort. In point of fact, the law in Indiana has never identified the LGBT community as one accorded special protection, so the Indiana RFRA doesn’t even infringe on some supposed pre-existing accommodation.
The governor of Connecticut is banning state-paid travel to Indiana because of our RFRA. Except that his state has one that is just as bad.
The GOP mayor of Indianapolis, who isn’t running for re-election, could have kept his piehole shut, but he had to speak out on the issue and declare himself opposed to the RFRA. Well, Mr. Ballard, if you were running again, you wouldn’t be getting my vote anyway, but this just would have put the icing on.
All of this is a distraction. It’s being done to knock Pence out of consideration for 2016 (although as much as I like Pence, I have never really considered him as presidential timber, at least not till after he completes a couple of terms as governor — and I am very disappointed that he signed rather than vetoed the RFRA) and to distract from the unConstitutional and extra-Constitutional actions of our traitor President. It’s being done to suppress voter turnout among whites, who are more and more turning against Obama. And it’s being done because it does not fit the narrative of where the progressive left wants this country to go.
Libprogs would prefer this country to Balkanize itself and become a fractured nation of ethnic and national communities that can’t agree on a damn thing. They hate the idea of the melting pot. They hate the idea of American Exceptionalism, they hate the idea of the Pax Americana, and they hate everything that this country stands for with regard to individual liberty. They hate guns, they hate the military, they hate the rich (even though some of them are among the richest), and they want everyone but themselves to live beholden to the State.
Fuck them. I am not a slave, I am a free man. The State can go hang.
My ancestors, right up to my father, and a number of my own cousins and other relatives, did not fight and sometimes die in the service of their country in expectation that it would turn into a Communist/Statist/Nanny-State “paradise”. They may have voted Democrat back when the Democrats were a party worth voting for. But like Ronald Reagan, most of my formerly-Democrat relatives have found that the Democratic Party has left them for one reason or another.
I know people who say that Pence is going to be one-and-done. I wonder. Indiana is a very conservative state, deep down. If you rile up the base sufficiently, they will rise up from their electoral slumber and vote for the man who signed the bill that at least purports to protect their religious freedoms.
Was this a bad bill at the wrong time? Yes, it was. Someone I was talking to the other day stated their opinion that the GOP should have waited a year, and taken that year to write a better bill and build support for it in the community. Maybe. Maybe they would have figured out in that year that they didn’t need the RFRA at all and that common sense ought to rule in the state and in its courts. (Common sense, unfortunately, is becoming a very rare commodity — again, because that’s what the libprogs want.)
If there was ever a time that conservatives — or as I prefer to call them, “classical liberals” — need to turn Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals back on their progressive proponents, it would seem to be now. Whether you like the RFRA or not, libprogs are telling stories about it that simply aren’t true. It’s time to punch back twice as hard. Punch back, in fact, hard enough that Alinsky’s grandmother feels it.
And make sure that your so-called conservative Indiana reps and senators know that you think they are damn fools for putting the RFRA forward and that it needs to be repealed tout de suite.
If this stance on my part angers you, fine. Go away. Unfriend me on Facebook. And don’t come back. I don’t need friends who believe in and propagate lies.