Arkansas Follows Indiana’s Lead on Religious Freedom

Despite the voluminous outpouring of criticism and protest that greeted Indiana’s new religious freedom law, Arkansas lawmakers proved that, contrary to popular belief, there are still some American politicians who haven’t had their backbones surgically removed. On Tuesday, the state’s Republican-led House gave final approval to their own version of a religious-freedom bill, sending it to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who has already said he will sign it into law.

As in Indiana, there is considerable pressure being brought against the Arkansas state government from activists and corporations alike. A company no less influential than Arkansas’ own Wal-Mart has come out with a statement denouncing the bill, insisting that it would lead to discrimination. Wal-Mart’s Chief Executive Doug McMillion urged Governor Hutchinson to veto the bill.

That the bill even got this far is an encouraging sign that the liberal media and the LGBT lobby may not have as much influence as they thought they did. The Indiana bill has dominated the news cycle since being signed into law by Governor Mike Pence, and it has been savaged by lies, misinformation, and dire predictions in every newspaper and news channel in the country. Yet none of that was enough to keep Arkansas’ lawmakers from pushing the bill through. If that isn’t a breath of fresh air, I don’t know what is.

Where all of this turmoil comes out is still to be seen, but for now it’s enough that politicians in at least two states have the courage to stand up for one of America’s founding principles. So important is the right to religious freedom that our nation’s founders wrote it into the very first amendment. Curiously, in neither that amendment nor the 32 that succeed it, is there any mention of a gay person’s right to a wedding cake.

There is, of course, nothing is either Indiana’s or Arkansas’ bills that mention the LGBT community. Nothing in either of them that mentions same-sex marriage. Nothing in either of them that mentions Jesus or Christianity. These bills have nothing to do with “discrimination.” They merely reinforce what’s written in the Constitution, which is that government has no business infringing on a citizen’s religious beliefs. If liberals find that concept so dangerous, well, that should tell you what they think about the backbone of American freedom.

One question remains, that no LGBT crusader has bothered to answer. It’s a simple one: why would you want an anti-gay photographer at your homosexual wedding? Why would you want an opponent of same-sex marriage to host your same-sex marriage? Are there so many “bigoted” Christians out there that you can’t have a ceremony without their forced consent?

In the blink of an eye, we’ve gone from same-sex marriage being illegal in all 50 states to the point where the right to a gay wedding trumps religious freedom. Thank God for states willing to buck this trend, but we’re a long way from the finish line. And if history is anything to go by, the left isn’t going down without a fight.

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