Earlier today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence decided to make his state the vacation spot for all the racists with their religious values tuned to the 1850s. When pressed by a conservative radio host if something happened in Indiana to justify signing the legislation that opened the door to these backwards and regressive values, Pence couldn’t think of a single example.
Pence told radio host Greg Garrison on Thursday that he was “not aware of cases and controversies,” and promptly dove into feel-good, tug-at-your-heartstrings red-white-and-blue rah-rah-America populist idiocy:
I’m not aware of cases and controversies. I mean as I travel around the state one thing I know for sure —Hoosier hospitality is the greatest in the nation. Hoosiers are loving, caring, generous to a fault, People that have strong hearts, strong values. But this isn’t about any present controversy as much as some in the media want to make it about. It’s about making sure that Hoosiers have the same protections in our state courts as they have in federal courts and as 30 other states have.
Pence was warned about blow-back from signing it, but he did anyway. He framed it as “restraining government action” when talking with Garrison, and claimed that it was to make sure that Indianans had the same protection as everywhere else in the country.
Now, let me tell you why everything he said is bullshit.
- The legislation is modeled after a 1993 law that was passed by Congress. Being a federal law, it applies to all the states anyway. There’s no need for a state version, and he knows that. The man’s stupid, but I refuse to believe he’s that stupid.
- The only other state in the Union with legislation like this is Mississippi. So it’s not about making sure Indianans have the same protection as everywhere else in the country, because Mississippi is not everywhere else in the country (thank God for that).
- If “It’s about making sure that Hoosiers have the same protections in our state courts as they have in federal courts and as 30 other states have”, where’s the legal recourse for Blacks, LGBT, atheists, and other minorities when they’re targeted for discrimination because someone “religiously disagrees with them”? Last time I checked, discrimination was not legal in most states based on “religious values.”
- Why does government action need to be restrained, if there’s no cases or controversies of overreach that he’s aware of? This is a solution without a problem. The only explanation is that they’re expecting the Supreme Court to deliver a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, and they’re prepping their state to make it as inhospitable as possible to LGBT people. It’s legislated passive-aggressiveness that will almost certainly get people killed.
This is fall out from the Hobby Lobby case. It didn’t take them long at all to turn “religious freedom” into code for discrimination, did it?
Listen to his remarks below: