Here is an email I got from Delegate Bob Marshall today.
Governor McAuliffe’s Misleading Message
Today I sent a Letter to the Editor to the Indianapolis Star in response to a letter Governor Terry McAuliffe sent attempting to lure Indiana businesses upset with Indiana’s recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to Virginia. The irony? Virginia has a similar RFRA, as do 19 other states. Virginia’s law passed in 2007. The sky has not fallen!
Governor McAuliffe wrote, “In light of … recent events in Indiana, I … welcome you to … Virginia’s open, inclusive and thriving business environment … we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity.”
Correct! Because even though we have a law just like Indiana’s, LGBTQ Virginians have jobs, eat at lunch counters and in restaurants, go to movies and shopping malls, own businesses, buy, drive and own cars, sit anywhere they want on a bus, take vacations across Virginia, buy stock, join country clubs, attend Virginia colleges, etc. The inflammatory LGBTQ rhetoric is nonsense.
Virginia’s law, just like Indiana’s, is amazingly similar to an Illinois law supported by Barack Obama when he was a state senator. The Illinois law is similar to one introduced in 1993 by liberal Democrat Congressman Chuck Schumer and signed by President Bill Clinton.
The point of these laws, now in 20 states according the National Conference of State Legislatures, is to afford individuals, businesses, or other institutions, a defense against government action that would substantially burden religious expression otherwise guaranteed by the First Amendment. The language is similar and the legal effects are the same.
The federal law states, “Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it … is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, wrote in the Washington Post that these laws “will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country … ”
Yet, Governor McAuliffe, in his pitch to Indiana businesses notes that Virginia is “home to 35 Fortune 1000 companies and 23 firms with annual sales of at least $5 billion.” Obviously “Religious Restoration Acts,” despite LGBTQ claims, have not hurt Virginia’s business profits or those of other states, facts neither our Governor nor Apple’s CEO will admit.
So, as long as Virginia or Indiana’s RFRA laws are not struck down by a Supreme Court bent on imposing same sex marriage on everyone as a Civil Right, a Muslim restaurant owner in Virginia or Indiana would be able to use such a law to defend against being compelled use food preparation methods contrary to Islamic practices and beliefs; a Jewish Deli owner could not be required to offer pork on his menu; and a Christian baker could use it to defend against being forced to participate in the “celebration” of a same sex wedding. Now, that is real tolerance.
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Delegate Bob Marshall
Think carefully about what the good delegate is saying. The point of an RFRA law is to prevent people from using the GOVERNMENT to force people to violate their religious beliefs. Therefore, when homosexual rights activists, the corporate mass media, and Liberal politicians have conniptions over RFRA laws, what is their purpose? Do they want to use the GOVERNMENT to force people to violate their religious beliefs? Well, when homosexual rights activists try to force florists, bakers, and photographers to participate in same-sex weddings, what else could they be doing? Nobody is really getting married. Same-sex marriage is just an endorsement of sexual perversion, and homosexual rights activists want to force people to endorse their “lifestyle choice.”
Effectively, homosexual rights activists, the corporate mass media, and Liberal politicians want to use our government to discriminate against the right we all have to follow the dictates of own conscience. These people want the right to be perverts, but they don’t respect the right not to be a pervert. If that is not twisted, what is?
Do you want the right to follow the dictates of your own conscience? Then please don’t remain silent. If we want leaders willing to stand up for our rights, we must support them.