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03/31/2015

Get a load of this double-talk from the Family Research Council #RFRA #Indiana

by Jeremy Hooper

I'm not sure what, exactly, Tony Perkins and his friends at the Family Research Council think cakes and flowers and photography packages are. But apparently they don't believe them to be "non-religious goods or services" since they claim that RFRAs are not intended or even capable of denying such services, in one breath, while making the case that business owners *should* be able to deny such services in every other breath.

Check out this spin:

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 At 6.41.08 Pm “The governor addressed the complete falsehood that RFRA is about denying people a seat in a restaurant or a room at a hotel. Christians would never deny people these services but being forced to participate in a ceremony that violates religious beliefs is completely un-American and uncivil. We must ensure that religious business owners are not forced by the government to participate in a same-sex ceremony. What RFRA is intended to do is to protect people from government discrimination. However, until we see the wording of his proposal, the impact on religious businesses and churches is unknown.

“RFRAs are not intended to nor have they ever been used to deny anyone non-religious goods or services. We support such a clarification making clear RFRA does not impact non-religious goods or services.

“The government shouldn’t force religious businesses and churches to participate in wedding ceremonies contrary to their owners’ beliefs. If the government punishes people for living their faith, there are no limits to what government can control. We want to be sure that the measure proposed by the governor isn’t used as a weapon to impose punishing fines on people like florist Barronelle Stutzman, bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, and wedding photographer Elaine Huguenin.

“Indiana has been the target of misinformation, and bullying in both the media and online, simply for joining 19 other states in aligning themselves with federal religious freedom law. What is unfolding in Indiana reveals the source of true intolerance: those who want the government to punish people for freely living according to their beliefs,” concluded Perkins.
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Of course the operative phrase is "participate in a ceremony." Groups like FRC are insistent that products like cakes and flowers constitute "participation" and therefore have some sort of special status that makes them fit for denial. Which is hogwash. Obviously. But in anti-LGBT far-right world, where entitlement and deception run neck and neck for most overused concepts, they actually think they can say this stuff and have us just go blindly along with their fantasies.

This week, they've learned they cannot and we will not. And this is just a taste of the future.

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