I have to wonder what Jim Nabors thinks of Indiana's new "religious freedom" law? He's been singing Back Home Again in Indiana at the annual Indy 500 Race at least since 1972. He sang his final verse last year and will be replaced by the a cappella group, Straight No Chaser, this year, ending a run of over 40 years.
If the federal courts don't step in and declare this law unconstitutional, you can expect to see more states adopt similar legislation. Texas already has such a law, but was more careful in its language to not allow religious fundamentals to skirt anti-discrimination laws. There are no such provisions in the law Governor Pence signed. However, given the current religious fervor sweeping conservative states you can expect Texas legislators to update that law.
So much for "compassionate conservatism," which George W. Bush extolled on the campaign trail in 2000. This is a far more orthodox group of religious fundamentals who believe in an Old Testatment Christianity, as you would be hard pressed to find any mention in the New Testament regarding homosexuality. Jesus is nothing more than a standard bearer for these guys, who have also embraced Israel as their ancestral homeland, with Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson making pilgrimages to the Holy Lands.
This right to serve who you want was exactly the same type of laws that existed in the Cotton States during the Jim Crow era, but Gov. Pence would tell us that we are overreacting. Yet, Indiana legislators and mayors are starting to squirm. The Mayor of Indianapolis took time out to ensure that everyone will be welcome in his city, as fears the NCAA would pull the Final Four set a shock wave through the state. Already, many big tech companies are pulling out of the Indy Big Data conference in response to the law. It seems state legislators are starting to calculate the revenue lost over this law and seeing if it is worth it. But, not Governor Pence.
legislation enabling him to run concurrent campaigns in 2016. However, it seems he will sit out this election cycle, as the potential GOP field is stacked with religious conservatives, each claiming to be closer to God than the other.
Indiana has always been a conservative state, but it hadn't been a particularly intolerant one. Pence is making the rounds on television trying to soft pedal the legislation, but for a change the mainstream media isn't making it easy for him. Laws like this one strike to the core of our civil liberties and undermine the very notion of religious freedom.