I’m sure many of you have been hearing reports in the news about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom law. We have been monitoring this situation closely, as the struggle to defend religious liberty in the Hoosier State has implications for all of us nationally. We will communicate more on this soon, but for now I want to bring to your attention the following article from one of our national counterparts, Family Research Council. As usual, they have done a great job explaining things from the perspective of our shared family values.
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.
Unfortunately for Governor Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the hysteria started well before last Thursday, when he officially inked the bill into law. Instead, the Left’s propaganda machine has been out in full force all month, working to deceive people into believing that this measure will somehow give Christians the ability to “discriminate.”
Nothing, Governor Pence said Sunday, could be further from the truth. “There’s been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and about its intention all over the Internet. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been on the books for more than 20 years. It does not apply to disputes between individuals unless government action is involved. And in point of fact, in more than two decades, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never been used to undermine anti-discrimination laws in this country.”