The sheer capacity of people to self-delude is quite astonishing, although not so much as it is amazing how bible thumpers are always turning themselves in to martyrs when they get caught doing something evil:
Reaction to Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law has come fast, hard and loud.
And the public firestorm has been fueled almost exclusively by critics — from gay rights activists to business leaders to celebrities— who see the law as a license to discriminate under the guise of religion.
Oddly and conspicuously missing has been a strong counter-show of public support by the law’s backers, including evangelical Christians.***
Indiana Right to Life has set up a link on its website that allows supporters to send “thank you” messages to the governor and the Republican lawmakers who sponsored the legislation.
“There is zero interest in gloating over the passage of this religious liberty bill. What we want to express is a spirit of appreciation for our legislature tackling this tough issue and and for the governor signing this bill,” Fichter explained.
“This law does not apply only to Catholics or evangelicals or to people of the Jewish faith. This applies to every citizen in the state of Indiana. So we think everyone wins, but our style is not to run this up the flagpole as some type of victory to gloat about.”
Fichter and other religious leaders stopped short of saying people of faith are intimidated when it comes to speaking about their faith, “although it is undeniable in today’s culture that an open profession of faith brings with it labels and stereotypes,” he said.
“That’s just part of the territory today.”
Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute, said that threat of public ridicule has affected some — but not all — believers.
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“I think a lot of people have been bullied into silence,” he said, “But there are others who are stepping up. I see both: some people who are afraid to step up and yet I also see a smaller group that is more willing.”
Smith, who is shown standing directly behind Gov. Pence in one photograph from the private bill-signing ceremony, said the nature of Christianity also may help explain why the reaction appears to be so one sided.
“Some people would say that Christianity itself calls us to meekness. So there’s that sort of defining feature, that ‘turn the other cheek,'” he explained.
And then there’s a much more practical factor.
“Why would you want to engage a bunch of hateful people,” Smith asked. “We’re always accused of being bigots. Who had the signs (Thursday)? Who was yelling? I have that conviction so I can carry that into places. But most people don’t think like that.”
Read that last sentence again. The hateful people are not the ones who just enacted a law to legally allow them to discriminate, the hateful people are the ones pointing out the law is bigoted and awful. How dare someone call you a bigot for being bigoted? The horror.
Don’t break an arm nailing yourself to that cross, asshole.