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Indiana Pence and the Law of Doom

Updated on March 29, 2015

Holier than THOU?

How to lose revenues in one easy step

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana has really done it this time. With his signing of the RFRA anti gay law, he has not only incensed the LGBT community, he has caused at least 13 corporations (not including Starbuck's, whose CEO has publicly blasted the good Governor) to rethink their positions on Indiana as a viable location for business. (See http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/03/29/13-companies-outraged-over-indianas-anti-lgbt-law-the-state-stands-to-lose-billions/ for the story). Why was it so important for this law to exist? A very good question, which I hope we can figure out here.

Apparently, the religious right in Indiana believes that LGBT lifestyles are unnatural in the eyes of God. Sound familiar? Of course it does. It's the war cry of all hypocritical religions all across the world. I am a Christian raised in a traditional Christian religion (Greek Orthodox for those of you keeping score). I believe, as does my religion, that all people are God's children, and everyone has a lifestyle that they choose according to God's Commandments. I don't recall any of the Ten Commandments saying "Thou shalt only live with a member of the opposite sex", and, as an altar boy umpteen years ago, I don't recall any passage in The Bible that states that. Not in the original Bible, anyway. Lord only knows what "perverted for my purposes" Bible these other morons read. I also believe in Jesus helping those in need, but that is a totally different subject to be examined at a later time.

What a lovely sentiment

Read that photo carefully

"Fags deserve to die". Think about that statement from the perspective of Christian values. According to the (real) Bible, no one deserves to die, not even murderers, although there are some who need bamboo shoots left to grow under their fingernails. God is all forgiving. Those who operate under the pretense of being Christian, are not. They are some of the most prolific haters in the world. In fact, they are more like fundamentalist Muslims than Christians. They use God's name to hide their hatred, when, in fact, they are nothing more than sociopaths under the guise of religious soldiers. I know none of us are perfect Christians or Jews or Muslims or Buddhists (you get the idea), but we, as a whole, are not full of hate for anyone that doesn't conform to our ideals. Sound like anyone you might know of? Hint: He had a little tiny mustache under the center of his nose.

Now, Indiana wants to be the next Berlin, harboring as much hatred as they can muster. What's next? No Christians other than fundamentalists are allowed to do business in the state? Hmmm, that's OK by me. I have no intention of going there anytime soon anyway. I don't like the social climate.

And, just for the record, I am not gay, bisexual, transgendered or a lesbian (well, if you look at it purely as loving women, then I guess I am in a fashion). My interest in this topic is due to the fact that, as a musician, I have interacted with and have many friends who are lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered. There is no reason other than I found them to be great people to have as friends. I have a lot of straight friends too. I have also found them to be great people to have as friends. Most of them also have enough of a brain to realize how wrong this kind of segregation is. As opposed to the Mike Pences of this world.

So, where does this hatred come from? Is it in the cells even before birth, or is it a learned emotion? Of course it's learned. We are not born hating anyone or anything. We learn it from our surroundings, especially our parents. Hatred is the most base of human emotions, the very essence of evil. So, what place does it have in a Christian faith? Well, going back to the (real) Bible, it has no place in religion, just as religion should not dictate political policies. Governor, you are in violation of God's laws. Shall we start flogging you now?

That's OK, I hate Chik-fil-A chicken

Who wants your nasty chicken anyway?

Chik-Fil-A is not my idea of chicken. Even though I was raised as a New England Yankee, chicken is supposed to be fried in a deep fryer with breading all over it, preferably with some BBQ sauce (OK, so I'm not a purist, sue me). I have never liked KFC and I don't like Chik-Fil-A any better. So, I have no problem with driving by your "restaurants" without patronizing them. Please feel free to take them out of my LGBT loving state. Our kids will be healthier for it.

As I had stated before, there are no less than 13 companies/corporations who have already condemned this travesty of a law. The list reads like a who's who of corporate giants. The NCAA (the NCAA for God's sake!) is considering moving this year's Final Four out of Indiana, and that's only a couple of weeks away. In fact, Charles Barkley called for that move publicly. The Disciples of Christ have stated in a letter to Indiana's brain trust “…The recent passage in the state legislature of the RFRA bill is distressing to us. It is causing us to reconsider our decision to hold our 2017 gathering in Indianapolis.” The Disciples of Christ are against this law! If that's not a ringing testimony to how wrong this is, I don't know what qualifies.

There is, unfortunately, nothing those of us outside Indiana can do about this, other than to continually show our disgust at such things. Indiana is not the end of it. Virginia is now considering a similar law and I'm sure others will follow. Where does it end?

One can only hope
One can only hope

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    • Bassman54 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jess McFarland 

      3 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

    • Bassman54 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jess McFarland 

      3 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

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      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Oh my...you've been labeled a self-hating Christian :-(

      Listen, I know first hand what Pence's Bible says:

      1. Abortion is wrong, unless my mentor's business partner needs to force his workers to have one.

      2. We love Netanyahu and all he stands for, even though Israel has free-of-charge abortions for women ages 20-33.

      in other words: The Church of Do as I say, not as I do.

      Pence, from talk radio to government......

      .....in that case.....Howard Stern for prez!

      edit: Whoa...now you're perverted!!

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      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Eventually the economic impact of Indiana's new law will be the catalyst to amend it. The governor is playing to his base and thankfully, the majority of Americans think his bill (pardon the pun) stinks to high heaven. There has been a groundswell of those on the far right who are attempting to roll back the positive and affirmative steps this country has made surrounding equality.

      I firmly believe that if a religion advocates exclusion and the shunning of others then it isn't really a religion. Instead, I would classify these zealots as being members of a cult. They seem to have lost sight of the "live and let live" philosophy

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      Jess McFarland 

      3 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      Superkev, my "forgetting" to mention Muslims is because this legislation, and all others, are brought on by "Chirstians", and, being an Orthodox Christian myself, it pertains to me and MY beliefs. Funny how, as is the usual case with those like you, you pick out something I forgot when you don't even have the balls to put up a profile picture of yourself.

      Also, if you had been able to read the entire post, you would see that Muslims (non-fundamentalist) ARE mentioned. But I suppose that would have given you a headache, all those words strung together.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "MOORE, Okla. – Scott Esk is running for House District 91 state representative.

      On his website, he says he is a conservative who wants to apply biblical principles to Oklahoma law."

      ****

      Sharia, anyone??

      “This guy posted on Facebook that homosexuals should be stoned to death. My first response was you’re nuts, nobody would be stupid enough to do that.”

      Morris says he found those postings from last summer on Facebook.

      At the time, Esk had commented on a story about the pope saying “Who am I to judge?” on homosexuality.

      Esk posted some old testament scripture that referred to homosexuality being punished.

      Someone asked – “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?”

      Esk responds – “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

      *****

      THIS is what the Tea Party has unleashed!--and everyone who votes for them can take blame.

      If you can't see what these people are all about: please open your eyes.

      And just BTW...Pence's mentor was Tom "The Hammer" Delay.

      That creep used OUR tax money to help a friend of his get a factory in Marianis Island, where the female employees were FORCED to get abortions should they become pregnant.

      THEN, he comes home with his pro-life bullarkey.

      It's all about suppressing women, suppressing gays, suppressing anyone who challenges their self-appointed power.

      Nothing to do with love for God whatsoever, IMO

      Trust me, if they were men of God--you'd know it.

      These are men of that other deity...the rotten one. IMO

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      Superkev 

      3 years ago

      First I am going to take it as a given that the Muslim population in Indiana feels the same way about the gay lifestyle as you say the Christian right does. Funny how you forgot to mention that.

      And second why such a big deal over Indiana when 19 other states have similar laws already? Is it because Mike Pence *may* run for president perhaps?

      "A federal RFRA signed by President Clinton in 1993 shares language with Indiana and other states' bills, prohibiting the government from "substantially burdening" individuals' exercise of religion unless it is for a "compelling government interest" and is doing so in the least restrictive means."

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/201...

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