Corporations Tell Freedom ‘None of Your Business’

By Tony Perkins

Corporate America is drawing a line in the sand over America’s foundational freedom and they have decided to stand on the wrong side.

In the past week, corporations from Angie’s List to Walmart to Yelp have weighed in against religious freedom protections in Indiana and Arkansas, having sided with the anti-religious Left.

Our nation’s Bill of Rights appropriately begins with the recognition of the right of the freedom of religion, the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs.

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This understanding was behind the adoption of the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993 that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. At its signing, Vice President Al Gore said, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is something that every American can support.”

In 1997 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (City of Boerne v. Flores) that the federal RFRA did not apply to state and local governments. As a result, twenty states have adopted state versions of RFRA, Arkansas is set to become the twenty-first.

These common-sense laws protecting the freedom to live according to our beliefs are now in jeopardy, and as a result, our freedoms are at risk.

That is why I am taking the unusual step of asking you to send a message to corporate America.

Angie’s List, a company that lists crowd-sourced recommendations for local services, decided that religious freedom wasn’t good for business and has said they are suspending plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters because of the passage of the law. Reports suggest the real reason is that Angie’s List failed to secure an $18.5 million tax subsidy for the expansion project because of questions over their profitability.

Regardless of the real reason, Angie’s List has said they do not want to do business with people who value religious freedom. Therefore if you have a membership to Angie’s List, I would encourage you to oblige them by calling them at 1-888-944-5478 and canceling your membership and requesting the 110% refund that they promise.

When you cancel, politely let them know that you place a high value on religious freedom, which is not just the freedom to believe, but the freedom to live your life according to those beliefs.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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