“Texas Values” Group Claims Disney Has Declared “War On Christianity”
The conservative Christian group Texas Values is very upset (and also deeply confused) about some things. In a public statement released on Tuesday, the group voiced their disdain for Georgia governor Nathan Deal who vetoed
a religious liberty an anti-LGBT bill on Monday after several companies threatened to boycott the state if it were enacted.
The group also claims that those companies, which include Disney, Apple, Intel and others, have declared a “public war” on Christianity.
“It’s striking that the day after Easter, churches in Georgia are told their freedoms are not that important to protect. It’s clear that corporate giants like Apple, Disney, NCAA, Intel have finally come out of the closet and declared public war on the religious freedom of clergy and religious schools, as was the protection in Georgia’s very modest HB 757 that they worked to bring down.”
Perhaps it bears repeating that HB 757 was hardly “modest,” and would have allowed “faith-based” organizations to fire people for their sexual preference or gender identity.
It’s sad that Apple, Disney the NCAA and others won’t even allow pastors to have religious freedom protections on marriage in Georgia, like they do in Texas. It’s sad that corporate bullies and cronyism is now taking away the power of the people. The clergy and religious school protections in HB 757 were rejected by the Governor of Georgia. Texas’ Pastor Protection law, similar to major portions of Georgia’s religious liberty legislation, is proof that religious freedom for pastors, churches, and religious organizations is no threat to any business- except for lobbyists on the left and the corporate entertainment industry.
See, the thing is– any kind of bill protecting clergy from performing marriage ceremonies they don’t want is completely unnecessary and ridiculous. Why? Because they already have that right to begin with.
Say I wanted to get married in a Catholic Church. I’m straight, but I’m also an atheist, I take birth control, and I would not want to go through the mandatory counseling required. A priest would absolutely have the right to refuse to perform my marriage ceremony. In fact, he could choose to refuse to perform it for any reason he liked, and that would all be legal and protected. The separation of church and state guarantees them that protection.
Pushing for laws like this is just a way of getting people riled up, and making them think that the state actually could force clergy to perform same-sex marriages, when in fact they could not.
The group then expounded on the ways they suspected Disney might further trample on their religious liberties.
“Will Disney now ban you from wearing a cross outside your shirt at their parks. Will a Catholic priest be forced to remove his white collar when he takes a picture with Mickey Mouse? This is how extreme the attacks now are on religious freedom, it’s a zero tolerance policy for religious freedom.”
No. No, they will not do any of this. No one will. This is not a thing anyone is pushing for, at all, for any reason. Not Disney, not me, not a single person in this whole damned country. To suggest that this is on anyone’s agenda is either entirely stupid or entirely disingenuous. No one is mad about people practicing their religion, or what sort of outfit they are wearing, they’re mad about discrimination.
There is a world of difference between “you can’t legally discriminate against people” and “you can’t be religious or wear a cross.” You are free to practice your religion, but you are not free to violate the law or violate the rights of other people. For instance, if your religion involved human sacrifices, you would not be able to practice that aspect of your religion without going to jail. The humans you sacrificed would also have rights, and their right to live would supercede your right to practice your religion.
The way things are now? If the board of Disney were to decide, for some reason, that allowing people to wear crosses in their theme park violated their own “sincerely held religious beliefs”–they would not legally be able to enforce that. The grand irony is that groups like “Texas Values” are trying to change that. Because if they believe they should be able to discriminate against a group of people based on their religious beliefs, then they can’t get mad when someone turns around and does it to them.