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NASCAR isn't exactly an effete liberal oganization. Even NASCAR understands Pence's new law encourages bigotry.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

APRIL'S FOOLS








And the winnah for today, April 1, is:





Let's hear it for the free press. And public shaming.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Republican Governor Pence Signed Law That Brings Back The Old Jim Crow Days


UPDATE BELOW



Indiana Lawmakers Admit “No Gays” Signs Will be Allowed


Americans, businesses and cities condemned Indiana’s RFRA ever since Governor Mike Pence signed it in to law. Pence tried to claim his critics didn’t understand the law, but that blew up in his face when, during a press conference, the House Speaker and the Senate Pro Tem admitted that No Gay signs would be allowed in Indiana.

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Pence was busted when Indiana’s Senate Pro Tem and the Speaker of the House held a joint news conference admitting that “No Gays allowed” signs would be permitted in areas within Indiana. 

 If only Pence or someone on his staff took a trip outside right wing world. He would have known the cat was out of the bag back in January. As reported by Think Progress at the time, But while RFRAs advanced in previous years were designed to prohibit the government from burdening the religious beliefs of citizens, Indiana’s bill would allow individuals to use their religious beliefs to defend themselves in court even if the state is not party to the case. 

Thus, this would allow a business owner to use their religious beliefs to justify refusing services for a same-sex couple’s wedding. As a state law, this would supersede any municipal nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people. 

During a joint press conference, Brian Bosma, Speaker of the House and the Senate’s Pro Tem David Long acknowledged that homophobic shop keepers will be allowed to display “No Gays allowed” signs.


Good going, Governor Pence.  Following in an American tradition that we thought we left behind years ago:

No Irish Need Apply

And more recently:




The modern Republican Party: taking America back to the good ole Jim Crow days.



Keep voting for these people and they'll take us back to the 19th century.


UPDATE

From Daily Kos:


Pence and the Indiana Legislature were warned - in advance - that this RFRA was very different than the ones passed in other states. 

An 11 page letter dated Feb. 27, 2015 was sent to Rep. Ed DeLaney from 30 expert law professors in religious freedom and civil rights (12 from IU law schools) giving their opinion on Indiana's then proposed RFRA. 

 "In our expert opinion, the clear evidence suggests otherwise and unmistakably demonstrates that the broad language of the proposed state RFRA will more likely create confusion, conflict, and a wave of litigation that will threaten the clarity of religious liberty rights in Indiana while undermining the state’s ability to enforce other compelling interests. 

This confusion and conflict will increasingly take the form of private actors, such as employers, landlords, small business owners, or corporations, taking the law into their own hands and acting in ways that violate generally applicable laws on the grounds that they have a religious justification for doing so. Members of the public will then be asked to bear the cost of their employer’s, their landlord’s, their local shopkeeper’s, or a police officer’s private religious beliefs." 

The Indiana Legislature pushed on with this bill anyway, very quickly, and before Hoosiers had time to realize what was happening. I'm sure that was intended. Pence then closed himself off from the people of this state, shut off his phones, and signed the bill in a closed room with a staged photo and no media present. 


The media was not even allowed to interview the people in the photo. Read the letter above. Pass it around. Pence knew exactly what this bill meant, who it was targeting, and how it would be interpreted. He threw the whole state under the bus. Many of us here, including the Indianapolis Star, believe he has done this because he has ambitions to be president. Never let that happen.





The above should explain to folks like skudrunner why what Gov. Pence signed turned out to be a disaster for him and Indiana. Instead, skudrunner tried to change the subject, and guess how -- by telling everyone for the bazillionth time that the people who passed the Jim Crow laws were Democrat! He's consistent, if nothing else. And hopelessly ideologically blind in this particular case. 

Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker all support and endorse the Indiana discriminatory law.

Well, yeah, Governor Pence, the bill you signed IS state sanctioned discrimination against gays.







Despite what Governor Pence said on the Sunday talk shows about the odious law he signed onto last week, it is a law designed to discriminate against gays.  

Take a look at the men who helped write the bill:
















From the HuffPost:


"Apple CEO, Tim Cook,  said he was opposing the legislation on behalf of Apple Inc. He came out as gay in October, saying that he wanted to make a difference for others. 

 In a letter he wrote then, Cook said, "there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation." 

 Cook said in his criticism of religious objection laws that he has great respect for religious freedom, but that it can never be "used as an excuse to discriminate." The legislation is not a political or religious issue, but rather "about how we treat each other as human beings," Cook said. 

 "Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it's time for all of us to be courageous," Cook said.





Charlie Pierce of Esquire: 

"... the House Cup was clinched by Mike Pence, the big bag of hammers who governs Indiana, who dropped by This Week With The Clinton Guy Shocked By Blowjobs, and who wrapped up the competition in the first three minutes of his appearance. This may have been the worst performance by a politician on a Sunday Show I ever saw. In fact, it may be the worst performance by a purported human being in he history of television. 

As you may have guessed, Pence came on to defend his signing of the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a private ceremony last week, and to explain how Jesus wanted him to drive his local business community mad, and his local tourism economy into the abyss. He began by distorting a little history. 

 PENCE: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago. And it lays out a framework for ensuring that a very high level of scrutiny is given any time government action impinges on the religious liberty of any American. After that, some 19 states followed that, adopted that statute. And after last year's Hobby Lobby case, Indiana properly brought the same version that then state senator Barack Obama voted for in Illinois before our legislature. And I was proud to sign it into law last week. But, look, I think -- I understand that there's been a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding around this bill, and I'm just determined -- and I appreciate the time on your program -- I'm just determined to clarify this. This is about protecting the religious liberty of people of faith and families of faith across this country, that's what it's been for more than 20 years, and that's what it is now as the law in Indiana, George. 

The problem Pence had was that he was barbering the history with which The Clinton Guy was quite familiar. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: But I think one of the problems that people have pointed out is that in Indiana, your civil rights laws don't include sexual orientation as a protected class. And even some of the supporters of the bill who were -- who appeared with you when you signed the bill, Eric Miller of Advanced America wrote that, "It will protect those who oppose gay marriage." He put up this example. He said, "Christian bakers, florists and photographers should not be punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage." 

So this is a yes or no question. Is Advance America right when they say a florist in Indiana can now refuse to serve a gay couple without fear of punishment? As Pence demonstrated, however, this was not a yes-or-no question. There actually were three answers. There was yes, and there was no, and there also was, "Holy fk, what have I done? Run and hide!"

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