I have witnessed a disturbing trend the past few days and I felt that I should comment on it, for the record, so to speak.
I saw the Indiana General Assembly take a stand for religious liberty by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) last week. I saw Governor Pence do the same by signing it last Thursday, March 26th.
And then I witnessed the same storm of hatred and intolerance that all of you have witnessed that has rained down on Indiana for daring to pass a law that might result in a negative outcome in a possible future case of discrimination. It doesn’t even guarantee a win for the religious person, it merely provides for the possibility. But it is a dissenting opinion, and this opinion disagrees with the idea that religion is not as important as personal preference and individual freedom of expression. Faith, we are told, is not enough to keep you from being forced to do commerce against your will.
Governor Pence had a round of bad media appearances the past several days, which is not his fault, because the media is firmly in the liberal camp. I don’t know what Governor Pence expected, but the media is very good at taking things out of context, forcing people into a corner, and painting someone in a negative light all the while appearing to be concerned and friendly. They are masters at appearing non-confrontational while they are eviscerating you.
Case in point: George Stephanopoulos. I have been told over and over that the governor couldn’t answer a simple yes or no question. Could it be perhaps that the question was not as simple as they say? It was not a “black and white” “yes or no” question, and that’s why he didn’t answer it that way. If he said “no, this law could never be used to discriminate against people” he would be lying, because it would be impossible to say that without considering every possible case. If he said “yes, this law can be used to discriminate” well then he’s been “caught in a lie” by kindly George, and he’s in trouble.
I am in no way comparing Governor Pence to Jesus Christ, but this situation reminds me of several times when the enemies of the Son of God tried to trick Him with situations with no good answer. Being perfect, He always gave the perfect response. Being imperfect, Governor Pence is having trouble. It also reminds me of the question, “Are you still beating your wife?” There’s no good answer to that.
But Governor Pence did not stand his ground. He has caved. He needs to call his staff and ask them to search the governor’s residence for his spine, because he seems to have misplaced it. He has angered the left by signing this bill. He has now angered the right by caving in and saying it’s wrong. Now nobody likes him. Any thought he had of running for President should be out the window right now. I mean, I think Dan Quayle has better odds than he does right now.
And so to my point. If Governor Pence signed the RFRA because it was the right thing to do, then no amount of clamoring, negative reporting and protesting should convince him that it was NOT the right thing to do. If he signed the RFRA because it was the right thing to do, then no amount of lost revenue, no amount of businesses pulling out of Indiana should convince him that he shouldn’t have signed it.
Right is right no matter how many disagree or how much it costs.