The following is a great rant written by Tim Donnelly, formerly an assemblyman in California and published at Breitbart.com
The fact that new laws are necessary to uphold a fundamental right is a travesty.
And it is a sign of how far we’ve fallen from the Founders’ vision of a nation where the government kept its hands off your business, your religion and your rights.
Regardless of the politics of this embarrassing charade playing out in Indiana and other states, the stakes couldn’t be higher. This battle isn’t about a gay person’s right to be served; this fight is about whether a gay rights activist can use the government and the courts to coerce someone into doing something that violates their faith.
It’s not rocket science. It’s about respecting the diverse range of religious belief that makes up America. And to think the left is always harping about “diversity”—but that’s only as long as you agree with them.
After all, equality means that you have no more “rights” than anyone else. There are no “straight rights” groups. There are no “straight, Christian rights” groups. And there are certainly no “straight, Christian, white male” groups. If any formed, they’d be laughed out of existence, and rightly so.
Most Americans are sick and tired of having their beliefs and their values assaulted on a daily basis in the name of a false equality.
The gay rights movement, in concert with hardcore leftists in power today, has pushed for “anti-discrimination” laws in every state and university and public institution that essentially make it illegal for Christians to hold true to their faith without having to go to court.
The left trades on noble-sounding causes, but really has one agenda: revenge. That victim mentality is a particularly dangerous pathology, and it is virulently anti-American in its ideology.
The idea that Americans would have to choose between violating their faith or losing their businesses is an insult to those who risked everything to found a country where religious liberty was first and foremost protected from the government.
If the Government and the Supreme Court uphold the right to coerce an individual against their will to do something that is against their faith, then we will have legalized tyranny in the land founded on freedom.
Today, it’s cake and flower shops. Tomorrow, the government will be in the door of your church—just as the mayor tried last year in Houston—to dictate what you believe and what you can say or hear from the pulpit.
Don’t believe it could happen here? It already has and will continue until enough people take a stand. We must stand with the business owner and throw off the chains of militant propaganda being force-fed by our government, through our media, and in our schools, and say:
“I don’t care what you do in your bedroom or who you choose to love, but when you come into my church and my business and try to coerce me to do something against my beliefs, that’s where I draw the line! Just as I have no right to tell you what you can and cannot do in the privacy of your bedroom, you have no right to tell me what I can and cannot do in my business. So, if you cannot respect my beliefs, get out and stay out!”
And then we need to remember that we must defend that right for every American, regardless of race, religion or creed, because this is about defending one of the most important freedoms this country was founded to protect—religious liberty.
It was never really about the cake or the flower, or even the pizza. Those items could have been attained at any number of other places. For those homosexuals bent on this agenda, it’s not about equality – it’s about forcing others to comply with their wishes. Plain and simple – they are bullies.
The sad part is that their tactics are working – already Indiana is caving on the bill and gutting much of the language in it.