|Thanks to Yelp for this photo of Memories Pizza|
By now, all have heard of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) laws in Indiana and Arkansas. This blog post tells the some of the many stories concerning RFRA that have been swept out of sight by the big brothers of media (a.k.a. the publishing wing of the Democratic Party or ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN).
Glenn Garvin’s Summary
On 30 March 2015, Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald ended an excellent summary of the history of RFRA laws with these points to be asked:
“Why liberals, who used to think the RFRA was a great piece of civil-liberties legislation, now regard it as a jihadist attack on gays is a profound mystery. If it’s been a factor in any major case involving discrimination against gays, I haven’t been able to find it. Mostly it’s invoked for stuff like whether Amish buggies in Minnesota must have fluorescent lights or if Texas preservationists can block renovations on a historic church.
Sometimes the religionists win (in Minnesota) and sometimes they lose (in Texas), because the RFRA doesn’t establish any absolute rights for religion. It simply calls for courts to use a balancing test in evaluating whether laws crimp the practice of religion. There’s not a single word in the law about gays or discrimination. But don’t take my word for it.
Just ask President Obama, who as a state legislator voted in favor of an RFRA in Illinois in 1998.”
Therefore, we have to ask why. Furthermore, we should find who is being targets while others are given “more equal” status.
Louder with Crowder Example
In the 2 April 2015 video blog post at Louder with Crowder (refer below), Steven Crowder started by explaining the difference between the reported story and the truth.
That is, after a short introductory video where he talked to someone at a Muslim bakery, he showed that the reported story (that a Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently signed in Indiana and on the verge of approval in Arkansas would allow mean Christians to “discriminate against the LGBT” community) was widely reported while the truth (that RFRA allows businesses to live according to their conscience) was hardly mentioned.
If you consider:
- The American Media frequently produces stories and broadcasts critical of Christianity
- The media-created narrative cited by Crowder states that mean, hateful Christians are completely trampling the rights of poor, innocent gay people
- The following Christian denominations approve of having gays in their leadership:
- The following churches allow gay marriage
- The American Media often works to avoid criticism of Islam
All together, these issues show the conflicted nature of the American media and their chosen winners and losers. Additionally, from this confusing array of assigned values (where Christian=bad, gay=good, and Muslim=good), one might wonder what would result if someone asked Muslim bakeries to create a “gay” cake. Steven Crowder wondered that and the following video resulted.
The result of Crowder’s investigation revealed that a majority of Muslim bakeries would not provide a cake made for a wedding purportedly between two men. Have you heard that reported on ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN?
Theodore Shoebat Example
In response to many of the same reasons cited by Steven Crowder, Ted Shoebat sought to find whether 13 bakeries owned by homosexual owners (or run by homosexual-supportive owners) would create cakes emblazoned with anti-gay or pro-traditional-marriage slogans. None of those bakeries would consider providing that service.
Although this instance of testing the waters was picked up by the Christian Post, none of the major news outlets have taken this up as of 12 April 2015.
Lesbian Woman Supports Freedom of Conscience for Christian Businesses
|Thanks to the Blaze.|
A 6 April 2015 article on the Blaze chronicled Courtney Hoffman’s contribution to the Memories Pizza fund. Why is this significant? It is significant because it is so far outside of the media narrative since Ms. Hoffman is a gay business owner who sympathizes with these Christian business owners who have been run out of business due to a conflict of conscience. Specifically, Ms. Hoffman explains:
“As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business. I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business according to those beliefs. We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild.
My girlfriend and I are small business owners, and we think there is a difference between operating in a public market space and then attaching the name of your business to a private event. Like, if we were asked to set up at an anti-gay marriage rally, I mean, we would have to decline.”
Because this instance contradicts the media narrative, this story will likely never appear on mainstream media outlets.
Many of the Attacks Against RFRA and Christians Originate in Media Elites and the “Unbiased” Press
Alfonzo Rachel of PJ Media laid out a case illustrating how celebrities attack right-leaning causes without understanding origins of the issues central to their complaints. For example, he first refers to tweets sent to him by Cher concerning the main players of the Indiana RFRA. Without looking at the roots of RFRA and without considering the many non-Christian benefactors of RFRA, Cher twice attacked RFRA as a hate-filled attack on homosexual rights.
Mr. Rachel further illustrates similar attacks by liberal media icons by mentioning:
- Democrats wrote and passed “Jim Crow” laws (though liberals assign this to Republicans)
- Prior to the Civil War, it was Democrats that kept slavery legal (though liberals usually remain quiet about this)
- Democrat efforts to maintain slavery spanned 150 years of institutionalized bigotry (something not mentioned in liberal circles)
- Democrats in the South started and were members of the KKK (another thing often assigned by liberals to Republicans)
- Key Democrat politicians held high rank in the KKK (one more thing assigned to Republicans without proof)
- White Republicans were lynched along with Black civil rights workers
- Democrat Governor Wallace blocked integration
- Democrat Bull Conner used dogs and fire hoses on Black protesters
CBN Video Shows the Concept of “Unequal under the Law” for Christian Coloradans
The following 8 April 2015 video by Christian Broadcasting Network documents how Colorado’s double standard on gay rights versus religious rights has been illustrated through cake baking. When bakery owner Jack Phillips refused to use his artistry to build a wedding cake for gays, he was sued, forced to violate his conscience, and undergo sensitivity training (reminiscent of re-education in Chinese camps and Russian gulags).
In contradiction to this ruling, a Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner refused to consider whether any of a number of gay bakeries should be forced to violate their conscience and provide pro-traditional-marriage cakes.