Indiana RFRA

Pizza Shop That Backed Indiana Religious Freedom Law Reopens

Tom Coyne, AP

A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn’t allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support. “It’s a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,” said Kevin O’Connor, owner of Memories Pizza.

Possible GOP 2016ers say religious businesses face discrimination

Joseph Neese, MSNBC

“We’re not talking about day-to-day routine commercial transactions,” Louisianna Governor Bobby Jindal said. “We’re talking about a very specific example here of business owners, of florists, of musicians, of caterers who are being forced to either pay thousands of dollars or close their businesses if they don’t want to participate in a wedding ceremony that contradicts their religious beliefs.”

The Boldness of the Cross

What happened in Indiana and Arkansas this past week is an attempt by secular liberals to avoid a repeat of the circumstances that Acts 4 tells us allowed Peter and John to escape, at least for a time, the punishment secular authorities wish to mete out to those who unashamedly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and wish to live their daily lives by its tenets.

The Week Mike Pence’s 2016 Dreams Crumbled

Adam Wren, Politico

In a hastily called news conference on Tuesday, Pence—usually keen on playing the happy warrior in public—looked wan and defeated, though his hair was still shaped into its perfect and immoveable silver part. At some turns, in a dulcet tone, Pence employed a humble tack, suggesting the law needed “a fix” and admitting that his defensive performance in a Sunday appearance with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” likely made things worse

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence approves new homosexual rights in religious freedom law

German Lopez, VOX

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday approved a clarification to the state's religious freedom law that will bar businesses and individuals from using the law to refuse employment, housing, or service to people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The War on the Private Mind

Kevin D. Williamson, NRO

There are three problems with rewarding those who use accusations of bigotry as a political cudgel. First, those who seek to protect religious liberties are not bigots, and going along with false accusations that they are makes one a party to a lie. Second, it is an excellent way to lose political contests, since there is almost nothing — up to and including requiring algebra classes — that the Left will not denounce as bigotry. Third, and related, it encourages those who cynically deploy accusations of bigotry for their own political ends.

Conservatives: Now is the Time for Moral Courage

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman 

Who among the thousands who read this column is going to stand-up in their church, write a letter to the editor, or speak out at their Saturday morning coffee klatch and say it is not just unconstitutional, but wrong, to use the power of government to compel a Believer to violate the tenets of his or her faith? The cowardly and regrettable retreat of Governors Pence and Hutchinson in the face of pressure from the radical homosexual lobby is indicative of a problem we face throughout our culture, and especially in the conservative movement, and that is a lack of moral courage.

Indiana RFRA: Ted Cruz picks up religious freedom banner

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016. Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign. "We need to stand up as courageous conservatives," he told a packed auditorium in the heart of northwest Iowa's conservative northwest in his first visit to the state since declaring his candidacy last week. "Religious liberty is not some fringe view."

Indiana pizza shop won’t cater gay weddings, gets almost $50K from supporters

Justin Wm. Moyer, The washington Post

The pizza shop in Walkerton, Ind. doesn’t look like the epicenter of a national controversy, but after the owners said they would refuse to cater a same-sex wedding a GoFundMe page called “Support Memories Pizza” set up to raise $35,000 for the embattled restaurant got almost $50,000 from more than 1,300 donors in 11 hours.

Deal to undo Ind. 'religious freedom' law could come today

Tony Cook and Tom LoBianco, The Indianapolis Star

Indiana Republican leaders are set to announce a deal Thursday morning that alters Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law to ensure it does not discriminate against gay and lesbian customers of Indiana businesses.

Lawmakers Race to Capitulate on Religious Freedom Bills in Arkansas and Indiana

Andrew DeMillo, AP

Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-homosexual.

The left's war on Indiana

Edwin Meese III and Ryan T. Anderson

A national firestorm has erupted over an Indiana law that, in all essentials, mirrors the legal standard protecting religious liberty in all federal courts and 31 state courts. Why? The answer, unfortunately, is "the culture war" — and, contrary to media portrayals, conservatives aren't the aggressors here. Who favors coercion in this debate? Who opposes tolerance and pluralism? The answer to both questions: activists on the left.

Here Are All the Athletes, Celebrities, and CEOs Against Indiana's RFRA

Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

Miley Cyrus, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former NBA star Charles Barkley are just a few of the high-profile figures condemning a law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, which critics say will give businesses the option to discriminate against homosexual customers on religious grounds.

Quin Hillyer’s Take: Pence Just Caved On RFRA

Our good friend Quin Hillyer has a late breaking piece in National Review Online claiming that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has caved to the radical homosexual lobby and is about to demand the legislature pass a bill “clarifying” his state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

The Indiana RFRA Battle – It’s Time to Free America’s Christian Slaves

To force someone to do labor against their will is the very definition of slavery and that is nothing less than what the radical homosexual lobby and their secular liberal allies have been using courts across America to do. We urge you to join us in demanding that Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the state’s legislative leaders, State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, stand fast behind Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act – sign our petition and tell them it’s time to free America’s millions of Christian slaves. 

Supporters of Indiana RFRA silent out of fear of 'bullying,' law's architect says

Jordan Fischer, (ABC)

Republican lawmakers in the Indiana House and Senate have said for months that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enjoys large support among their constituents. Now, facing a political crisis unlike the state has ever seen before, the question must be asked: Why haven't those supporters spoken up?

Why Pro-Life People Should Support Indiana’s New Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Mike Fichter,

In the days since Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, much has been presented in the media regarding untruthful assertions ranging from RFRA being a license to discriminate to RFRA permitting the burning of abortion clinics. What’s the real truth, and why does Indiana Right to Life support RFRA?

Ensuring Religious Freedom in Indiana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, The Wall Street Journal

As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it. Indiana’s new law contains no reference to sexual orientation. It simply mirrors federal law that President Bill Clinton signed in 1993.