WHAT SAY YOU, GOVERNOR DEAL?
We learn today that the Governor of the State of Georgia has vetoed a religious liberty bill. We have been reading in recent weeks of threats by various business, sports and entertainment outlets and personalities to boycott or otherwise extract retribution on those States which pass legislation protecting religious liberty.
“Today, Deal joined the GOP governors’ hall of shame — currently populated by Indiana governor Mike Pence and Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson — by bowing to corporate pressure and pledging to veto an extraordinarily narrow religious-liberty bill.”
As the article points out, it’s not ‘blue’ states where governors are folding like cheap tents. It’s Arkansas, Indiana and Georgia. For those who say, “Well, if you don’t like the laws in liberal states, you can always move”, the retort is that the choices are getting slimmer and slimmer.
Corporate blackmail is of course nothing new. Companies are free to not only speak their mind, but to use the power of their corporate purses to try to get their way and, ultimately, to pack up and set down roots elsewhere. Corporate choices, it seems, are getting wider, as Arkansas, Indiana and now Georgia “want your business.” On the ‘conservative’ side of the coin, just a few years back, Boeing took issue with a new tax regimen in a western state and moved a large-scale aircraft production wing to South Carolina. Happens.
The issue of concern for ….traditional Americans…is not one of economics, or free enterprise, or property rights or capitalism, but one of conscience. This is what the Georgia bill was about:
“The Georgia bill that Deal refused to defend was modest in scope, protecting the right of clergy to solemnize marriages consistent with their religious beliefs, protecting the right of faith-based institutions to use their property and resources to advance their religious mission, protecting their rights to hire and fire employees on grounds consistent with religious belief and practice, and protecting a person’s free exercise of religion from a “substantial burden” unless the protected person was engaged in “invidious discrimination on any grounds prohibited by federal or state law.”
“….the right of clergy to solemnize marriages consistent with their religious beliefs…” It doesn’t get any more fundamental than that, does it folks? Not just any Joe Blow citizen but the clergy, the face of organized religion, the arm of the church closest to the flock. Now apparently soon to be liable to judgement for refusal to participate in a pagan ritual.
On the national scene, we have already seen what happens to , for example, bakers who beg off from creating custom wedding cakes antithetical to their moral and religious leanings. They are fined. Taxed, if you will. To the tune of, in one famous case, hundreds of thousands of dollars and resulting in the closure of their business. And we have seen what happens to lowly county clerks accused of violating non-existent civil rights laws and yet remaining faithful to state laws,who dutifully and legally refuse to issue official documents to those not entitled to them. They are jailed until they agree to comply with the demands of the unqualified. Thrown in prison, if you will.
Now, we have already had a US Supreme Court decision regarding homosexual marriage, the dastardly Obergfell case. Many are refusing to accept that Supreme Court pronouncement as the Supreme Law of the Land, and rightly so. But let’s say you are a believer, or an enabler, in ….the movement to enshrine the LGBTQIAOSU and- how- many -other- letters- there- are demand list as a non-negotiable fait accompli. We’ve heard from city councils, we’ve heard from governors. We’ve even heard from the president. As they say in the climate change parlor game, the science appears to be settled. Now how would you drive the point home?
“The Indian Catholic priest kidnapped by ISIS-linked terrorists in Yemen earlier this month was crucified on Good Friday, it has been claimed.
Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, 56, was taken by Islamist gunmen, reportedly linked to ISIS, who attacked an old people’s home in Aden, southern Yemen, killing at least 15 people, on March 4.
The terrorists reportedly carried out the heinous murder on Good Friday, after threatening to do so earlier in the week, according to the Archbishop of Vienna.”
(Note: The reported crucifixion has not been independently verified as of this writing)
That’s what failure to convert, failure to submit, failure to corrupt your faith will get you in totalitarian circumstances. And what a powerful statement, eh?
A priest, no less. If what is claimed is true, they made an example out of a priest, in a mocking re-enactment of what was done to a rabbi 2,000 years ago. You will obey, is the order, and your title only makes your punishment more fitting.
Yes, that’s how they get the point across to the masses in the Caliphate. Horrible, gruesome, public execution. Crucifixion, if you will. Would that be an appropriate demonstration in Georgia, Governor Deal? A mere fine for a religious leader refusing to countenance the corruption of a sacred rite wouldn’t do the trick, would it? People paid the tax even back in Roman times, but their sacraments were left intact. Prison? Clergymen go to jail all the time. County clerks not so much but that didn’t satisfy the Kim Davis haters, now did it? They are still miffed that her signature does not appear on those phony marriage licenses. Now if they had strung her up …………
So you want to get Sony and Apple and Disney flocking to Georgia, Governor? Want to get the NBA finals for Atlanta, get the latest pop sensation booked into the Georgia Dome? You’ll get your test case soon enough. We’ll hear shortly about some vicious cur of a preacher refusing to marry a homosexual couple and the case made that he is to be made an example of. You think a few grand in fines or a few weeks in jail are going to satisfy?
We are no longer titillated by the chants of “Obama this” or “the Democrats that” or “the Supreme Court said”. All those entities are spectators now. They have done their thing and are sitting back watching the fray. We have a Republican Congress, majority state legislatures and Governor’s mansions. And we have the LGBTetc. warriors, aligned with the communists, hell-bent on stamping out the last vestiges of resistance. And the politically correct corporate world increasingly allied with them in an economic-political- pop culture war to neuter, if not eliminate, traditional Judeo-Christian moral guidance in the conduct of public affairs by invading the sanctity of their sacred rites and traditions and destroying the lines of faith which have tethered our government for two hundred years.
Is the mention of crucifixions hyperbole? If you thought thirty pieces of silver was tempting, imagine Apple’s billions. We recall that little mot that was going around forty or so years ago as businesses tall and small co-opted the Christmas holiday theme to cash in – “Crass Commercialization Is Crucifying Christ!” And here we are today, with commerce obviously more and more paramount in those states mentioned above. Republican governors not only back- tracking but actually vetoing religious liberty bills. Translation: Nothing is sacred anymore. Except of course the Almighty……..Dollar.