The Truth Behind Georgia's Religious Freedom Bill
Over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kyle Wingfield points out that:
This possibility, to which the bill’s opponents have pointed as the kind of damage it would do to Georgia’s economy, is instead a perfect example of how debate surrounding the bill has devolved into misinformation, posturing and hypocrisy.
Why? Because the two states that are home to the other cities competing against Atlanta for the 2019 and 2020 games, Florida and Louisiana, already have pretty much the same laws Georgia is considering.
Neither Florida nor Louisiana has attempted to force pastors to perform marriages to which they object, to force religious institutions to rent their property for events to which they object, or to force businesses to be open on days their owners consider to be days of rest — the least controversial parts of Georgia’s House Bill 757.
Marc Benioff, the left-wing CEO of Salesforce, has also spoken out against HB 757:
Benioff on Friday asked his followers via Twitter whether his business technology company should move some its operations from the Peach State because of a proposed religious freedom bill that would let businesses decline to provide services for same-sex couples.
The cloud software company is slated to host a technology conference in Atlanta in May for 15,000 people, but Benioff hinted that the company may relocate it because of the legislation.
Benioff has ignored the fact that Salesforce does business in states with more strict religious freedom laws that what the Georgia legislature has passed, as Erick Erickson pointed out on his show on Monday.
Last year, I wrote in my book Football, Faith, & Flannery O'Connor: A Love Letter to the South about how religion has played a crucial part in making the South and her people so great. If Nathan Deal vetoes HB 757 on the threats of organizations and people who clearly do not know what the bill is about, he will have issued a tragic blow to the freedom of people of faith throughout his state. I urge him to do the right thing and sign this bill into law, and I know I'm not alone.