Mississippi Governor to Sign Religious Practices Bill Opposed by Civil Rights, Gay Groups

By Emily Wagster Pettus | April 3, 2014

  • April 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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    “An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one that Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed after business groups said it could hurt that state’s economy.”

    Said Gov. Bryant – “Well, we don’t have much’ve an economy down here and we sure don’t need much of them gays, neither!” (enter sound of chew spit wad hitting dirt.

    • April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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      Well said.

  • April 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm
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    “The bill also would add “In God We Trust” to the state seal, as Bryant requested.”

    And so, they will be adding a picture of the Flying Spaghetti Monster next to the state seal as well.

  • April 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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    Jimmy Porter, executive director of the Christian Action Commission, which is the lobbying arm of the state’s influential Southern Baptist convention; and the Rev. David T. Tipton Jr., superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church, signed a letter left on senators’ desks Tuesday. They urged support for the bill and said: “Opponents of this bill, though numerous and loud, are primarily out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” They also said Mississippi is “one of, if not the most, Bible-minded states in America.”

    Oh Mississippi, you’re so Red some might say you’re…wait for it…burning. Gene Hackman oughtta head back down nehr and teach ya’ll another lesson. Son!

  • April 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm
    KY jw says:
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    I’m curious why the most popular religion (Christian) needs protecting?

    • April 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm
      Jack J Maniscalco says:
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      Because many Christians feel they are under attack. If they choose to be faithful to their religious beliefs, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, they are met with scorn and derision.

      It is unfortunate that many legislators feel compelled to write such laws. But, as long as the “tolerant” folks have no tolerance for those that disagree with them, such reactions will happen.

      • April 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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        How are any Christians being refused the right to practice their religious faith? That is what is guaranteed (free exercise of religion). I am a Christian, I am not hindered in the slightest. I have no issues practicing my faith.

        • April 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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          You are not Christian and you seem to have quite a bit of issues practicing your faith.

          • April 11, 2014 at 8:50 am
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            You have “quite a bit of issues” judging how someone else practices their faith. Just who do you think you are? As far as I was taught, the only judge that matters is God. But as in another post you made, you have the audacity to speak as if you were God.

            Judge not lest ye be judged. You need to get down off your high horse and mind your own business.

      • April 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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        “Because many Christians feel they are under attack. If they choose to be faithful to their religious beliefs, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, they are met with scorn and derision.”

        Now you have a small idea what Muslims feel. Or gays. Or blacks. Why is discrimination against minorites OK, but there’s a big outcry when the majority is targeted?

        And yes, I have no tolerance for intolerance.

        • April 6, 2014 at 11:57 am
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          And that is kind of the core of the issue. The groups you mentioned and other “special interest groups” that purport to be the champions for tolerance et al have become everything they hate (in so many words) by being staunchly intolerant to Christians or conservatives in general.

          It’s a very hypocritical stance using bully tactics. For instance, gay rights groups essentially bullying Mozilla into firing their recently appointed CEO because he gave $1,000 in support of traditional marriage.

          I am indifferent on the issue of gay marriage. I think that we shouldn’t involve the government in marriage at all for that matter. But this “do as I say, not as I do” firestorm anytime anything relating to homosexuality isn’t talked about in the highest of regards is absolutely absurd and only showcases the fact that they are ok with intolerance, as long as it isn’t directed towards them.

      • April 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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        “Tolerant” folks? You mean anyone who doesn’t agree with your point of view? I am apparently one of those “tolerant folks” who thinks that providing contraception and allowing same-sex is not the end of the world.
        It will never cease to amaze me at how twisted the Bible gets here in America. Does no one read the Gospels anymore? Do you really think this bill is what Jesus would advocate? Maybe your Bible is different than mine?
        As for feeling attacked, in what way? I don’t want my government messing in what I am supposed to believe. Please stay out of my church!!
        And yes, I DO go to church every week!

      • April 6, 2014 at 11:49 am
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        And that really is the other edge of the sword. The special interest groups who preach tolerance are essentially filled with the most intolerant types of people, especially in their leadership.

        • April 7, 2014 at 9:32 am
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          So we are supposed to be tolerant of intolerance? Sorry, bud. It doesn’t work that way.

          • April 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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            It’s not even intolerance, just perceived intolerance being blasted at you by astro-turfed liberal organizations who conflate the issue making it into something that it isn’t.

            And that entire argument of “tolerant of intolerance” is pretty much bogus at this point. For example, Mozilla’s recent headlines where gay rights advocacy groups created a petition to fire their newly appointed CEO because he donated to a cause that supported traditional marriage 6 YEARS AGO. Not to mention he had changed his view and publicly stated as much. A view mind you that Hillary Clinton mirrored exactly and only changed when it was politically convenient; but of course she is immune from her “intolerance” because she’s a democrat and therefor sacrosanct.

            So because some activist advocate groups decided to railroad this guy and spread their own version of hate and intolerance, they effectively bullied Mozilla into forcing their CEO to resign. Not based on any legitimate reason whatsoever mind you, just based on a perceived and conflated (and more importantly false) belief they decided to propagate in the name of their “righteous” intolerance.

            As far as being tolerant of intolerance, I’m sorry to tell you, bud, but because of the 1st amendment it does work that way. The true fact of the matter is, many of these politically correct interest groups have becoming nothing more than hostile organizations who incessantly use bully tactics to ruin people’s lives.

            It’s despicable, and no less disgusting than the racists/sexists/homophobic/whatever-else-you-want-to-call people you’re so repulsed with.

          • April 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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            Destro – since when was this article about Mozilla? It’s not. I don’t agree with that huge outcry, but I understand why he stepped down. He helped create that company and didn’t want to see it destroyed by something he did. I’m not sure I would have made the same decision he did.

            The first amendment gives you (not you personally) the right to spew hatred, yes it does. But it doesn’t make me obligated to tolerate it.

            Do you or do you not think this lawsuit is a bunch of B.S?

          • April 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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            Sorry. Got this confused with the article about the lawsuit against Walmart.

            As far as this goes, people have been citing religious beliefs in taking actions that discriminate against gay people, women or those of different racial backgrounds or faith since the beginning of time. Doesn’t make it right.

          • April 8, 2014 at 8:26 am
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            I think you’re mistaking the word “tolerate” for “endorse” or “support” or “like.” I understand why he stepped down too; to avoid an ensuing firestorm of propagandized self-appointed “white knights” who are being told that essentially that this guy goes around to gay weddings smashing the cake and peeing in the punch bowl.

            And in regards to “spewing hatred,” what hatred exactly did Brendan Eich spew that Bill and Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama didn’t during that same time period?

            The fact of the matter is, gay rights or gay advocacy groups have become nothing more than bully groups who partake in the politics of personal destruction.

          • April 8, 2014 at 8:40 am
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            Destro – I don’t disagree that some of the advocacy groups out there take it too far and are somewhat fanatical in their approach. And I never said Brendan Eich spewed hatred. In fact, I agreed that the outcry against him was not right.

            But again, this article is not about Mozilla. You keep trying to bring it back around to him, but it’s two different things. This article is about people that hide behind their religion as an excuse to discriminate.

    • April 6, 2014 at 11:47 am
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      Christianity isn’t the most popular religion, that would be Islam.

      • April 7, 2014 at 7:43 am
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        Since this trend of protecting religious rights is in the US, I am limiting my “popular” comment to the US. So sorry, I didn’t realize I needed to make that clear.

  • April 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    And here I keep saying that we’re just one or two generations from getting rid of bigotry and hate. Tsk tsk

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    And I keep saying we’re just one or two generations from acceptance and tolerance for all just to see this thinly veiled hate being passed as a bill.

  • April 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    “one that the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby is using to support its arguments against providing contraception coverage under a federal health overhaul”

    …that’s not true. Hobby Lobby does provide its employees with basic contraception coverage to prevent pregnancy.

    “Unlike Catholics, the Greens are not opposed to all forms of contraception, but they are opposed to contraception that prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb.”

    “…the federal government has refused to acknowledge the sincerely
    held religious beliefs of Petitioners and similarly situated entities, which prohibit them from engaging in conduct-such as providing insurance coverage-that facilitates access to abortion-inducing drugs”

    The only methods that apply are the IUD and “morning after” and “week after” pill.

    “Their arguments instead focus on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (or RFRA), which President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993.”

  • April 3, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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    Once again, self-righteous Christian theocrats attempt to play the role of the poor maligned victim, indignantly wailing (with all of the chutzpah that they can muster):
    “How dare you be intolerant of my homophobic, misogynistic intolerance! How dare you deny me my God-given right to alienate and persecute anyone who does not share my dogmatic religious mores!”

    Bottom line: Christian conservatives continually strive to impose their own religious, dogmatic mores onto the rest of society and then attempt to be perceived as righteous martyrs when their efforts are rebuffed.

    Sorry folks, you are the persecutors in this conflict, not the persecuted.

    • April 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm
      Destro says:
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      What are your thoughts on the recent firing of Mozilla’s CEO?

      • April 7, 2014 at 8:14 am
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        He knew it was going to be an issue because his first comments to the company were about how great Mozilla is for being all inclusive and whatnot. I don’t know if there was anyway for him to diffuse the reaction, and I’m not sure that there wasn’t a bit of an overreaction. However, if the rest of Mozilla corporate/management structure was comfortable pushing back, they could have. It worked for Chik-fil-a.

      • April 7, 2014 at 9:39 am
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        He was not fired. He stepped down. It was the best thing to do for the company he co-founded.

        • April 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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          I’m sorry, you’re right I should have phrased that better as “forced resignation.”

          Him leaving was most likely not the best thing for the company. Only in the political sense and only because some a**hole activists decided to unjustly railroad him. I wonder why it is that Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton get a pass for their historically (up until 2008) “homophobic” views, hmmm?

          • April 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm
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            I don’t agree with how that all went down, but that’s really not what this article is about.

            And I guess HE thought it was best for the company or he wouldn’t have done it.

          • April 8, 2014 at 7:46 am
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            I think he just stepped down from CEO, and he still works for Mozilla.

          • April 8, 2014 at 8:40 am
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            I thought so, too, but he left the company.

      • April 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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        Did you know that 3 board members resigned after Mr. Eich’s appointment? I find that more telling than the uproar from the gay rights movement.

        • April 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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          2 of them said they were planning to resign anyway and the third said it hadn’t anything to do with Eich. Don’t know if that was truthful or not, but that’s what I read.

  • April 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    I liked it so much better when no one knew, nor gave a crap, who was gay and who wasn’t. Who was Catholic, who was Jewish. Everyone is so far up everyone else’s ASS that this is what our world has become. Well, let me tell you. I don’t G.A.F. if you’re gay or not. I don’t G.A.F. if you’re Catholic, Jewish, a little bit of both. I don’t G.A.F!!!! People need to mind their own business and worry about whether or not they themselves are moral, law abiding, and benevolent. If you don’t like gay people, don’t associate with gay people. I am so tired of the political correctness and liberal agenda… So what if a man makes $.12 more an hour than I do. WTF is it my business, anyway!? Our world would be a much better, friendlier place if we would just stay the f*** out of everybody else’s business. Thanks for the vent.

    • April 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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      Well said. Now take a breath!

  • April 9, 2014 at 9:26 am
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    “There are only two people I can’t stand…people who are intolerant of others and the Dutch.”



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