Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Anti-gay groups, conservatives playing useless game of catch-up in Indiana controversy


Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana legislators aren't the only ones who was taken by surprise by the backlash to that awful anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill the state recently made into law.

Anti-gay groups and conservatives find themselves playing defense in a big hole in which they continue to dig. That's not to say that they don't get an 'A' for effort.

Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation took part in a debate on the MSNBC show 'All In' with former RNC head Michael Steele and lgbt activist Dan Savage. It didn't go well for him. Since then, he has been on twitter pushing out right-wing articles supporting Indiana's bill and attacking those who have publicly spoken against it.

Meanwhile, some folks on Fox News have been doing their level best to either minimize or degrade the backlash. Megyn Kelly gave an absolutely abysmal defense of the law. The supreme irony is that her bad journalism was already undercut earlier in the day by her Fox colleague Brett Baier on his show.

Baier actually debunked Kelly's arguments hours before she went on. One has to wonder do these people on Fox News know the meaning of the word "coordination."

And let's not omit the Family Research Council and its president Tony Perkins. Besides being given free reign (i,e, not having to debate an opposing side) on Kelly's show,  Perkins and FRC have been busy sending out muted, whiny statements:

Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that protects people who live their daily lives according to their faith against government discrimination. This law reflects polling that shows 81% of Americans support the freedom to live out one's beliefs. The Indiana law is like the federal RFRA that was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and RFRAs in 19 other states. Now, a leftist-driven movement has spread misinformation about the law, threatened boycotts and fomented false rhetoric in the media and online. Even in our day, the price of freedom is steep, and Governor Pence is standing strong for freedom despite the cost. Efforts are about to pressure Governor Pence to support changing or amending the law to weaken it. All Americans who live according to their religious beliefs should be free from fear of government punishment. I stand with Governor Pence in his support of religious freedom as stated in the Indiana RFRA, and urge him to oppose all efforts to change the law. 

Of course Perkins omits the fact the the polling in question was done in part by his own organization.

Meanwhile, nothing has abated the backlash against that Indiana law.  Statewide and nationwide, major businesses and individuals are either voicing their concern or intense disagreement.  This includes Tim Cook, the openly gay CEO of Apple as one of many. The state of Connecticut and cities such as San Fransisco and Seattle are banning state-funded travel to Indiana.

Columns and editorials in the Indy Star, The New York Times and even ESPN Online are criticizing Indiana

And let's not forget twitter. The tweet at the top of this post, created by twitter user @SeaMonkey237 is just one of many which are going super viral (Editor's note - feel free to retweet. Let's see if we can hit over 1,000.)

The point here is clear. Indiana, anti-gay organizations, and conservatives never had a shot. And no matter how much they play catch-up, they are still going to be behind.

1 comment:

dancandan said...

is the "punishment by government" that Tony talks about, the inevitable fines that would be levied for discrimination that is routinely handed out by the courts (N-B-: the judiciary is not the government but merely law-enforcement officers)for any breach of law?