Indiana tries fence-walking after RFRA surrender

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gay flag waving outside SCOTUSRepublican leaders in Indiana are pushing legislation that gives special rights to homosexuals and transgenders, and the state's conservative activists are taking notice.

"Indiana is a good state, (with) good people. We don't mistreat people," says Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana.

But the state's Republicans are charging ahead anyway, even after witnessing homosexual activism at work earlier this year, when state legislators in March passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

By approving the law, Indiana suddenly became a backwards bastion of homosexual-hating Hoosiers - at least according to homosexual activists.

Pence and lawmakers were pressured by the activists, nationally known corporations, and the NCAA, among others, to back track. The governor did back track, signing a "fix" to the law just weeks later.

According to media reports, the new legislation appears to be an attempt at fence-walking to please homosexual activists and business groups, and to assure social conservatives that religious liberty is protected, too.

Clark

"The goal is to provide some balance in this discussion with regard to discrimination, as well as religious liberty," David Long, senate president pro tem, and a Republican, told The Associated Press.

That same AP story gave one example of that "balance," which is exempting wedding-related businesses from being forced to perform work for a homosexual wedding ceremony.

But there's a catch - the potential state law only applies to a business with less than four employees. 

wedding rings on Bible 620x300Clark agrees that Republicans are trying to balance special rights with religious liberty. But that's not possible, he says, because homosexual activists view religious liberty as discrimination – hence their heated objections to the RFRA.

Earlier this year, far-left website Think Progress claimed that Indiana's RFRA is "driven by the politics of anti-gay backlash."

The bill's "most ardent supporters," the article claimed, are an "angry, marginalized, and shrill subset of Christian conservative activists.”

"Anybody who knows the agenda of the radical homosexuals knows it is to silence the church and silence people of faith, or confine them into the church for the practice of their religious beliefs," Clark warns.

The homosexual activists, meanwhile, will portray themselves as victims of "discrimination," he predicts. 

In the end, says the conservative activist, Hoosier voters expect better out of the Republican majority in the state senate.

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