The Founding Fathers understood basic human rights. They understood that the basic human rights of life, liberty and property come from God and not government. There are various groups that want to establish government over God in America. Among these groups are the Human Rights Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center. All promote, protect and defend homosexuality in all of its forms. These organizations believe that homosexual behavior is a basic human right equal to the color of ones skin. The problem is the color of one’s skin is immutable, homosexuality is mutable.
These groups want government to impose anti-Christian policies and laws, which impede individual free exercise of religion guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Recently Indiana joined 19 states that have passed their own state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.
Kelsey Harkness in her column “These 19 States Have Religious Freedom Laws Similar to Indiana’s. Here’s What That Means” writes:
Gov. Mike Pence gained national attention when he passed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week.
It caused the Twitter hashtag #BoycottIndiana to go viral and triggered Apple CEO Tim Cook to pen a Washington Post op-ed calling “pro-discrimination” laws “dangerous.”
Yet, despite the uproar, Indiana isn’t alone in enacting legislation that seeks to protect the religious freedom of its citizens.
Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—or what critics call “pro-discrimination” laws—have been around for over two decades.
Religious Freedom Restoration Acts first came about after the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, which narrowed protections for the free exercise of religion.
In response to the court’s ruling, Congress sought to restore religious freedom by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, popularly known as RFRA.
The legislation won unanimous support in the House, passed 97-3 in the Senate, and was signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton.
Since then, in addition to Indiana, 19 states have passed their own state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Another 11 states have RFRA-like protections provided by state court decisions.
Ryan T. Anderson in his column “Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Wrong About Indiana Religious Freedom Law” writes:
Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to The Washington Post to tell the nation that, in the words of the headline, “Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous.”
Notice the scare quotes around “religious freedom.” But the reality is that the only person in favor of discrimination in this debate is Tim Cook.
It is Tim Cook who favors laws that discriminate against people of faith who simply ask to be left alone by government to run their businesses and their schools and their charities in accordance with their reasonable belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. It is Tim Cook who would have the government discriminate against these citizens, have the government coerce them into helping to celebrate a same-sex wedding and penalize them if they try to lead their lives in accordance with their faith.
Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council notes, “Indiana is more than the ‘crossroads of America’ — it’s the crossroads of the entire religious liberty debate. The Left made sure of that, fabricating all kinds of baseless outrage over the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). What started out as a harmless affirmation of the First Amendment turned into a blow-up of national proportions — with ‘truth optional’ journalism leading the way… Like most states, Indiana doesn’t think the federal or state governments should force Americans to violate their faith. Is that controversial? The media seems to think so. They believe — as the President does — that surrendering your beliefs is just the price of doing business.”
If you believe religious freedom is fundamental then share on your social media #IStandForReligiousFreedom.