Religious freedom legislation is widening the rift between liberals and social conservatives. Is it possible to reach out to the other side, and move forward?
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Surely, somebody had to know that passing a bill that would defend a religion in no need of defending while empowering bigots was going to end badly.
“Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no!” Indiana Governor Mike Pence told reporters Tuesday. He’s not alone.
What’s so insidious about “religious liberty” statutes as written, and why they cannot be permitted to stand, is that they would give zealous individuals and private businesses near-dictatorial powers with no legal recourse.
The issue of Indiana’s new law is a political window into the changing nature of gay rights.
“I think Governor Pence has done the right thing,” Bush said. “This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to have, to be able to be people of conscience.”
Speaking in the bill’s favor, Rev. Garland Hunt said, “I voted for my elected officials to protect my religious freedoms. The Lord is our judge. The Lord is our lawmaker.”