Texas conservatives are throwing a hissy fit because Disney had the human decency to oppose legalized bigotry in Georgia.
Earlier this week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal wisely vetoed a religious liberty bill that would have allowed conservative Christians to discriminate against gay people at will while using their Bibles as a shield.
Deal was under intense pressure to veto the legislation, especially after Disney condemned the bill and suggested the company would stop doing business in the state should it become law. Disney currently films the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Georgia because of the generous tax incentives the state provides, which means jobs for Georgians and a boost to the state economy.
But conservatives are whining because Disney stepped in to torpedo the effort to treat gay people like second-class citizens, and Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz not only pretended that the bill was “modest” but declared war on Disney and portrayed the company as hostile toward religion.
“Will Disney now ban you from wearing a cross outside your shirt at their parks?” Saenz ridiculously asked. “Will a Catholic priest be forced to remove his white collar when he takes a picture with Mickey Mouse? This is how extreme the attacks now are on religious freedom, it’s a zero tolerance policy for religious freedom.”
But that’s not what Disney is doing at all. There are no policies against religion at Disney theme parks. And Disney theme parks certainly do NOT persecute religious people.
“It’s striking that the day after Easter, churches in Georgia are told their freedoms are not that important to protect,” Saenz insanely continued. “It’s clear that corporate giants like Apple, Disney, NCAA, Intel have finally come out of the closet and declared public war on the religious freedom of clergy and religious schools, as was the protection in Georgia’s very modest HB 757 that they worked to bring down.”
HB 757 did not protect religion, which really doesn’t need protection anyway since Christianity is the majority religion in the United States. What HB 757 would have done is open the door for religious business owners to refuse service based on sexual orientation or fire employees simply because they are gay.
Texas Freedom Network spokesman Dan Quinn explained that what Texas Values is really upset about is that they can’t use religion as a weapon to force their beliefs upon others.
“What’s really going on here is an effort by extremists to radically redefine religious freedom to mean something it never has and never should: the right to use religion as a weapon to discriminate against and harm others, to ignore laws one simply doesn’t like, and to impose one’s religious beliefs on those who don’t share them. Georgia’s Gov. Deal, a Republican, firmly refused to support that cynical effort.”
Everyone in this nation has the constitutional right to be religious or non-religious. But what people do not have the right to do is use their religion as an excuse to discriminate against or force their beliefs on others.
Yet, conservatives are whining and throwing a temper tantrum because that’s exactly what they aren’t being allowed to do.
*Article written by Stephen Foster. You can find more of his work at Addicting Info
Featured Image: Pinterest