It has been pointed out numerous times that Indiana’s new religious freedom law – subject to vigorous protests by the left – mirrors closely a federal law passed by none other than liberal champion President Bill Clinton. How did liberals come to so despise religious freedom in the span of only 20 years? Why did they come to hate the type of legislation they once fought for?
The answer is that the object of protection has changed a little. When Clinton passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, the impetus was not Christian persecution. Instead, the law was drafted because of a case where Native Americans were fired after taking peyote as part of a religious ceremony. The left found this an outrage, and they went all the way to the White House to fight for protection that would keep employers from violating religious freedoms.
Now, of course, the tables have turned. The religious freedoms being violated today are those belonging to Christian business owners who don’t feel they should have to compromise their beliefs to bake cakes, provide flowers, or take pictures for gay weddings. Since there are few stronger coalitions on the left than LGBT activists, liberals have decided that they are no longer in favor of religious freedom laws. The hypocrisy is stunning, but that’s nothing new when it comes to the machinations of the left.
It’s important that courts protect the rights of minorities, but those rights don’t magically vanish when applied to the majority. For liberals, that’s exactly what happens. They aren’t interested in “rights.” They are interested in making sure that their enemies – conservatives, Christians, whites, heterosexuals – are forced at every turn to bow to their agenda. If that means sacrificing their beliefs, so much the better. Somehow the rights of two people to get gay married trump the rights of religious freedom, even though only one of these rights is affirmed by the U.S. Constitution.
Liberals have accused Indiana Governor Mike Pence of political posturing, the ultimate example of the pot calling the kettle black. There is not one word in the new law that mentions sexual orientation, discrimination, or anything else that should inspire the ignorant chant, “No hate in our state.” It merely says that courts should be very careful when infringing on religious belief.
But since the LGBT crowd has decided that Christian beliefs are what’s holding them back, they have gone on the attack. With the full power and support of the media, they have managed to propagate lies about what this law means, and they will probably win in the end if history is anything to go by. It just proves once again – liberals only believe in rights when those rights dovetail with their chosen agenda. Everyone else can go to hell.