At the request of Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the state’s General Assembly “fixed” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, language to appease LGBT activists and leftists who claimed the bill promotes “discrimination.”
The original idea for the bill was good. It would protect religious liberties when the overreach of government intrudes on the rights of people of faith.
But the “fix” turned the bill on its head. Instead of protecting the rights of Christian business owners, the amended bill violates their rights and makes LGBT a protected class. Thanks, Gov. Pence – a real profile in courage you are.
America was much better off when its businesses routinely posted signs that read, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,” and meant it. After all, they “built it,” and freedom – like the freedom of association – was universally understood to be a natural, God-given right.
But now, in our more “enlightened” age, freedom has been squashed in favor of special rights for protected groups, and “hell to pay” for unprotected groups.
Where once laws protected good people from the bad, America has devolved to the point where Christians are forced by law to bake same-sex “wedding” cakes.
Welcome to the “new” America.
LGBT groups have been effective in linking their immoral cause to the noble civil rights movement. In reality, gays never wanted equality. They wanted society to accept their sinful lifestyle, or else. LGBT groups – to be blunt – act like fascists. Just like militant Islam demands Shariah law, homosexual pressure groups demand “sodomy law.”
So what’s so bad about discrimination anyway? Discrimination has always been a hallmark of freedom. The ability to discriminate is given to us by God so that we can make right choices. People discriminate all the time. We discriminate when we date, marry, pick our friends and in countless other ways, just like homosexuals do. And LGBT groups and liberals discriminate against people of faith all day long!
Christians like Crystal O’Connor and her father, owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, felt the dark side of discrimination when they were mercilessly attacked by the left after telling ABC News that they’re willing to serve all customers, but won’t cater a same-sex wedding. They’ve received bomb threats and had to close their business. And they call us “intolerant”!
Fortunately, there are still plenty of good people in America. Blaze TV host Dana Loesch and her team set up a GoFundMe.com page to help out the family and raised more than $800,000!
The support shown to the owners of Memories Pizza is encouraging, but homosexual activists have successfully attacked other Christian businesses with little outcry from Christians. What has happened to those who bear the name of Christ? Where Christians once took faith seriously and could withstand serious persecution, they’re now easily intimidated by mere words.
Christian families today are largely not modeling authentic Christianity. The proof of that is in the children. They have shallow roots that are easily pulled up by a culture that mocks traditional values.
Christian children are led into the government schools, like sheep to the slaughter. The schools use a well-developed brainwashing system: 1) Challenge the traditional beliefs; 2) Replace them with new immoral beliefs; 3) Demonstrate a consensus about the new belief – “Here’s what educated, cool people think;” and 4) Repetition: Keep pounding the message home, day after day, year after year, until it sticks deep.
The public-school system, the liberal news media and Hollywood also reinforce the lie that the older generation is “intolerant.” After all, they’re the descendants of slaveholders and those who denied women the ability to vote. Oh yeah, and they “hate” gays.
Is it any wonder that a Pew Research Center study says 61 percent of Republicans under 30 now favor “gay marriage”?
Christians are hated around the world because Christianity is the best religion. It’s the only religion that requires its followers to examine their hearts, repent and overcome their sinful nature.
Muslims are on pace to be the world’s majority religion by 2050, due in part to the slaughter of Christians in places like Iraq, Syria and Kenya. But they’re not just going after Christians. In some Muslim countries, homosexuality is punishable by death, yet there’s no outcry from homosexuals. Why? It’s because the LGBT crowd hates Christians more than they fear Muslims.
For Christians to regain the power to live freely – to discriminate with Godly wisdom – we must live and model truth, not just talk about it. When we do this the unshakeable values of our faith will be rooted deep in us and passed down to our children. We will have overcome evil with good.
“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock” – Luke 6:48.
Check out Jesse Lee Peterson’s latest “The Word on the Street” Vlog on discrimination: “A God-given right: Religious freedom in Indiana and Arkansas.”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), is the most courageous, outspoken critic of the liberal left and the so-called "black leadership" in America today. Often referred to as the "antidote to Jesse Jackson", Jesse Peterson is also the man behind the National Boycott of the NAACP, believing the organization to be nothing more than a tool of the "elite, socialist" elements of the liberal elite. You can find out more about Jesse and listen to his national radio show M-F, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon ET / 6-9 a.m. PT here.