Private Sector Says ‘No’ To Indiana Bigotry

Joe Skipper / AP )

Gov. Mike Pence (R) of Indiana has risked sending his state into a fiscal downfall with a recent decision to sign into law a pro-discrimination bill dressed up as Christianity. This bill was put forward by the corrupt, immoral people of Advance America who want to protect hatred for others over the protection of ideals like freedom and liberty.

In response to this extremely stupid and anti-gay bill the State of Indiana has already begun to suffer. Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, canceled all programs that required travel to the state. The Gen Con gaming conference and the NCAA also both expressed publicly that this may cause a change in future venues within the state.

If these radical bigots don’t start accepting that their religious beliefs do not amount to an excuse to commit acts of discrimination against others they are welcome to be free of the boycott.

Otherwise … #BoycottIndiana!

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Radio Pastor Billy Misses the Mark Once Again

The persecution of Christians in the world today remains under-reported in the major media sources, and the nature of the rejection from the introduction of the word “God” or the name “Jesus” in many situations or conversations in American society is also disturbing to me.

But the radio Pastor Billy, often heard on Radio Liberty, continues to view those who do not subscribe to his fundamentalist views on the Bible as not worthy of the same treatment as he. Essentially stating that anyone who has a view on religion that is more inclusive than his is a hypocrite while he would condone persecution of those who do not interpret the same words as he and many others do.

The very nature of Freedom of Religion in America:
Not just freedom to have choice of many or the choice of no religion, but the freedom to have your view of any religion as a unique standpoint of your own while not being persecuted by the majority for your beliefs in the process.

What I fail to understand is why the evangelical and “born-again” movements cannot resign themselves to the fact that they have the freedom to preach fundamentalist Christianity just as others have the freedom to preach non-fundamentalist beliefs. There is no room in the Constitution for a state religion or a state interpretation of religion.

The paranoid and apocalyptic rhetoric of the Anti-Christ and End Times blather favored these days by Pastor Billy is very close to the spirit of Alex Jones and the former radio host Steven Quaile. It is scare tactics designed to shake people up and get them to buy DVDs or survival supplies while supporting this whole notion of the spooks coming to get you.

The whole idea of a one-world religion, or a one-world government for that matter, and then claiming to draw lines all over the place and come back with magical patterns is not a new game to play with people. It is as old as trading salt to claim to see a pattern in the clouds and predict the weather with that pattern. It’s a ploy to cause a sense of both urgency and seeming authority of this brave individual coming to you in the face of the conspiracy against them.

I see all these men as one agent moving in a single agenda. They want everyone who believes in God or had any form of religious upbringing to get scared to death and believe their lip-service as golden, when they only make it up as they go.

The only thing I fully agree with the radio Pastor on is that the major American media is failing to cover the reality of those who are killed for their beliefs in many nations and many cultures across the world today.

It is indeed unfortunate that CBS, PBS, FOX, NBC, and ABC do not report accurately on the reality of all forms of religious persecution in the world.

The raw truth of the matter is that the likes of Pastor Billy makes those like myself want to keep our peace and stay our tongue from all good works. If extending my hand is damning me in his eyes then I don’t want him to ever catch me doing it. A shame is born surrounding the act of spreading simple ideas that are non-secular in any way.

Just as he fears that he will be silenced or jailed for his convictions and his beliefs he spreads the same fear unto others who would seek to challenge him in his convictions by clearly stating that his hand is not outstretched in goodwill toward any oppositional voices.

 

 

Eric Lightborn
February 10th 2009