Facing widespread pressure and boycotts, including from big businesses such as Apple and Wal-Mart, and facing the threat of big stores and factories leaving Indiana, its Republican governor, Mike Pence, rolled back his new religious freedom law.
Pence has been accused by pro-family leaders of gutting the religious freedom law. Paraphrasing the Guardian, which called Pence a “cowardly,” we could say, “So if you’re going to be against the onslaught of the gay agenda, why be a coward about it? You’d have to ask Mike Pence.”
The law changed by Pence went too far in the opposite direction and is now the first Indiana state law that explicitly mentions sexual orientation and gender identity — terms that are war flag of the homosexual movement. The change has been celebrated even by homosexual activists in Brazil, whose gay parades are the largest in the world.
The governors of New York and Connecticut, who had imposed bans on state officials traveling to Indiana as a symbol of their opposition to the religious freedom law, lifted those bans on Saturday in response to the change in the law.
The Arkansas Republican governor, who was to pass a similar religious freedom law, retreated too.
Amid the conservative defeat in Indiana, the Republican governors of Michigan and North Dakota also want to pass laws to protect homosexuality.
Homosexual activists are taking advantage of their victories in Indiana and Arkansas into further advancing pro-homosexuality laws throughout the United States.
Pat Buchanan forcefully condemned defeatism among social conservatives and rejected retreat or even compromise. Instead, the one-time presidential contender and Reagan White House aide urged Christians to put the laws of God above the laws of man.
“This battle can be won, but it cannot be won if we do not stand our ground and fight against this moral onslaught from the left.”
“The LGBT militants are not asking to be left alone,” he said. “They are demanding that we accept the morality of homosexuality and same-sex marriages, and manifest that acceptance, under pain of law and sanctions, in our daily lives.”
Buchanan added, “As the Romans demanded of the Christians, the LGBT fanatics want us to burn incense to their gods. The answer is no. If it comes to civil disobedience, so be it.”
Michael Brown, an expert who holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has researched and written a number of books on homosexuality, says he is not surprised by the reaction of Republican politicians. And, like Buchanan, Brown warns Christians will have no choice but to resist or submit.
“This is what we’ve been saying for years. Those who came out of the closet now want to put us in the closet,” he said.
Republican presidential candidates such as Jeb Bush are also shifting their positions. According to audio tapes obtained by the New York Times, the former Florida governor told a meeting of donors “we shouldn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation.” Bush has been praised by the homosexual magazine Washington Blade.
The changes to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, erode the freedom of conscience for most business owners in the state and mark the largest step toward special homosexual rights there in history, according to pro-family activists who studied the language.
Matt Barber, founder and editor-in chief of barbwire.com, said about change of the Indiana law, “What was designed to defend people of faith against being discriminated against and bullied will, instead, codify anti-religious discrimination and bullying into law. It will unconstitutionally force people of faith, under penalty of law, to affirmatively violate their sincerely held religious conscience. It has been turned into a weapon that compels people of faith to disobey God or face government sanction. This is unacceptable.”
American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer remarked, “The revised language has now been released, and it’s even worse than we thought. The new language forces Christian bakers to bake cakes in violation of their faith and conscience. Gov. Pence tried to fix something that wasn’t broken, and he broke it. The ‘cure’ in this case is far worse than the non-existent disease.”
“This language is unacceptable. It actually reverses the progress of the religious freedom law,” said Americans for Truth About Homosexuality President Peter LaBarbera.
LaBarbera clarified that Christian bakers do not want to refuse cakes to homosexual customers, but they do not want to be forced to bake cakes with symbols affirming the homosexual lifestyle.
“Let’s take the example of the wedding cake baker,” he said. “They have a wedding cake. They sell wedding cakes to everybody, including homosexuals, but they don’t want to make, create or use their talents to create a gay marriage wedding cake. So if someone comes in and says, ‘I would like a gay marriage wedding cake,’ according to this language, they would not be able to dent that service. That’s the exact opposite of religious freedom.”
“This is the equivalent of asking a Jewish guy to make a cake for (former Ku Klux Klan official) David Duke, right? You would never expect a Jewish photographer, for example, to have to take pictures at a Ku Klux Klan rally or a neo-Nazi rally,” he said. “You should not expect people of faith to endorse a pro-homosexual marriage if they believe that homosexual marriage is sinful.”
If a black baker is asked to bake a cake with racist symbols, he should have the right to refuse. If a Muslim baker is asked to make a Christian or homosexual cake, he should have the right to refuse. Why have Christians no right to refuse to bake a cake with immoral symbols that violate their faith?
LaBarbera said a great deal of the blame for the hysteria in Indiana belongs at the feet of the news media, which, he said, are not even pretending to cover this story objectively.
“This is a media-generated crisis, the media working with gay activists,” he said. “The mainstream media have become part of the gay lobby almost. An incredible hysteria has been whipped up against Indiana.”
The hysteria, the firestorm of malicious opposition, the barrage of criticism, pressure and boycotts faced by Indiana, before its allegedly conservative Republican governor decided to capitulate, was the same climate faced by Russia after Russians had passed a 2013 law to protect children.
The Indiana law was not as daring as the Russian law, which protects children and teens from the harmful homosexual propaganda. The massive hysterical response against Indiana shows what these same groups did to Russia. According to Rev. Scott Lively, the Ukraine crisis and the U.S. boycotts against Russia came from these groups.
I wonder what would happen if Indiana banned homosexual propaganda to children. What massive crisis would these groups, especially Washington and the presstitute, use against Indiana?
Russians have not backed down. They have not been cowardly. However, sadly, the Republican governor and his conservative allies in Indiana have retreated, and as a result a law originally designed to protect Christians from homosexual bullying now advances the gay agenda.
I also wonder why Apple, Washington and the presstitute have never applied to Saudi Arabia, which tortures and kills homosexuals, the same hysteria, the firestorm of malicious opposition, the barrage of criticism, pressure and boycotts they applied to Indiana, and Russia.
Now, if a homosexual asks a cake with homosexual symbols, the poor Christian bakers in Indiana have no choice. If they refuse, the new law will be relentless to them.
If a homosexual asks bakers in Saudi Arabia for the same cake with homosexual symbols, he is finished. It will be his last request in this life.
Now, it would be interesting to see what would happen if a Saudi customer in America asked a homosexual baker for a cake with Islamic symbols against homosexuality.
Which side would Apple, Washington and the presstitute choose?
Which side would suffer hysteria, a firestorm of malicious opposition, a barrage of criticism, pressure and boycotts?
The side of money?
Apple has many stores in the Saudi Islamic dictatorship.
The Saudi laws against homosexuality and against homosexuals have never been a problem to Apple, which has multimillion-dollar trade deals with Saudi Arabia.
Why has Apple a double standard between American Christians and Saudi Muslims?
Why have the U.S. government and the presstitute a double standard between Christian Orthodox Russia and Islamic Saudi Arabia about homosexuality?
Bryan Fischer, Pat Buchanan, Scott Lively, Matt Barber, Peter LaBarbera, Dr. Michael Brown and other prominent pro-family leaders gave warning, but Republican governors and leaders, who are elected by their constituents to defend conservative and pro-family values, did not listen to them.
They listened to Apple, Obama and the leftist mass media.
What is the point of electing Republican and allegedly conservative politicians if after their election they do not give attention to their constituents and do not prioritize or even respect pro-family and conservative values?
What is the point of electing cowardly individuals unable to keep their conservative promises and show courage when faced by massive onslaughts of the Left?
With information from WorldNetDaily Associated Press and Charisma News.
Portuguese version of this article: Governador “covarde” republicano de Indiana cede, cristãos perdem e ativistas gays ganham
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