Mike Pence wimps out on Religious Freedom Act



Mike Pence was on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos, with a dreamy smile which made him look like he still high on antipsychotic drugs, repeatedly asked Pence if the recently passed Religious Freedom Act would enable a baker or a florist to refuse to participate in a gay wedding, and Pence refused to answer, simply repeating, over and over, that the act promoted religious freedom, and that President Obama had once supported a similar law, without describing what the law does. His dry, abstract, and very evasive answers to a simple question were very unflattering both to him and the conservative movement. It looked as if Pence were afraid of defending the very law he had signed.

How else could Pence have answered the question? Well, he could have been honest and direct. He could have said, "Yes, this law will permit bakers, florists, and wedding planners to feel free to decline being involved in gay weddings. That was the intent of the law and I'm proud of it." But he didn't say that, perhaps because he isn't proud of that. You could have watched the entire interview and not understood whether Pence had signed the law to protect people whose religious conscience went against participating in gay marriage.

Stephanopoulos kept pressing him, calling it discrimination. But discrimination is a legal term. It applies to protected classes, like people of a certain race or religion. If you refuse service to a Jew, or a Black, that's discrimination. If you refuse service to a Hindu or a Baptist, that's discrimination. But if you refuse service to a guy because he has long lady's hair, that's not discrimination because having long hair isn't a protected class. If you refuse service to a lady because you don't like the look of wild animal lust in her eyes, that's not discrimination either. Businesses have a right to refuse service to anyone they don't like, as long as it's not related to race or religion (or in some circumstances a few other things, like disability).

Gay marriage is against the laws of most major religions, and has been for thousands of years. It's deeply offensive for many people to be forced to participate in it. And if federal judges hadn't improperly created a right to marr, overridng the decisions of the voters, this wouldn't be an issue.

Pence could have talked about how federal judges hijacked the Constitution. He could have talked about how deeply offensive gay marriage is to so many people, and there is no tradition of it in most major religions. Instead he spoke in abstract and refused to defend the very obvious purpose of the legislation, as if he was ashamed to be doing so.

Mike Pence looks a little like an even more albino-ized version of James Bond actor Daniel Craig. Watching him was like watching James Bond being coy about fighting Spectre.

Interviewer: "So, are you out to destroy Spectre?"

James Bond: "I am empowered as a law enforcement officer to deal with all threats to England."
Interviewer: "But, have you been sent out to fight Spectre?"

James Bond: "I am following the rules set out by my organization. Even the British Labor Party says that MI6 should fight all generic threats to England."

Mike Pence has talked about running for President. I hope he doesn't, because he doesn't have the guts to openly defend conservative principals. He signed the Religious Freedom Act but from his behavior it's obvious he wasn't happy doing it, making me reminiscent of how
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