Jon Stewart Tries and Fails to Harass Rand Paul on Religious Liberty

Rand Paul, fresh from his filibuster of the Patriot Act, went onto “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where Stewart inevitably wanted to talk about gay marriage and Christian bigotry. “Don’t they sell cakes to sinners all the time?” Stewart asked, “Adulterers. . .” Um, talk about missing the point. Maybe it is hard for allegedly brilliant minds like Jon Stewart to notice that nobody is saying they don’t want to sell cakes to gay people.  And if some philanderer wanted to host a solemn satanic ceremony joining his mistress in adultery, I am guessing Melissa of Sweet Cakes would

Bush: “People of faith…need the space to act on their conscience”

Watch Jeb Bush defend the little guy here in the fight against the full wrath of gay equality. Too many insiders have concluded from the Indiana debacle that religious liberty is not a defensible line.  I would say, rather, it is not an easy retreat from supporting gay marriage, it is just the next step in preventing gay rights from being misused to marginalize traditional believers in the public square. If corporations continue to insist that Republicans fail to defend religious liberty when it conflicts with gay rights, they are going to rip apart the GOP, and they will face

Lessons from the Georgia Religious Liberty Fight

Last session, the Georgia House refused to pass a state RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act), despite intense pressure from the base, after Coca-Cola and other iconic corporations weighed in against the bill—pitting, in an intense new way, the corporate wing of the GOP against the voter base.  Corporations wanted “anti-discrimination” language attached that would gut the possibility the RFRA would protect the little florists, bakers, print makers, and wedding photographers now being run over and put out of business if they won’t participate in serving gay wedding. The fight, a window into the soul of the GOP,  spilled over into

Stop Attacking Cruz for Talking to People

The New York Times is proud of creating a little, minor media problem for Cruz by reporting he changed his “tone” talking to some gay folks at a fundraiser in New York. We need to have better measures of a candidate than this.  Christian conservatives have been repeatedly betrayed and have responded by trying ever hard to determine the real heart of the candidate, hoping for a secular messiah in the White House. But this is a strategy doomed to repeated failure.  Politics can have a profound affect on culture, but it does so through political strategies.  We are to blame for

Cruz’s Two Step Strategy: A Constitutional Amendment and a Court-Stripping Bill

According to Bloomberg, Ted Cruz has introduced two pieces of legislation, a constitutional amendment backed by a bill stripping courts of authority to rule on marriage until the amendment passes: Cruz’s legislation would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action, according to bill language obtained by Bloomberg News. A second bill would bar federal courts from further weighing in on the marriage issue until such an amendment is adopted. Last year, he and Sen. Mike Lee filed similar legislation to protect 30 states that define marriage as one woman.  Cruz

Bobby Jindal: No Government Coercion Based on Marriage

Gov. Jindal has taken to the most prominent enemy territory he can find, the op-ed pages of the old grey lady herself, to say: “no retreat baby, no surrender”*: In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law. There are two primaries going on simultaneously: the money primary and the voter primary.  Jindal knows which

Jindal Supports “Marriage and Conscience” Act

In Louisiana, Bobby Jindal is supporting a Marriage and Conscience Act which would prevent the government from denying any benefit, business license, or tax deduction because of a conscientious belief about marriage. I haven’t analyzed the language, but this bill at least appears to be a more targeted effort to protect those who are being forced to choose between their convictions and their livelihoods. State RFRAs are good things, but they will not achieve the end of protecting the Christian baker, florists, photographers etc. Specific conscience protections will be required. Kudos to Jindal for focusing on practical and real relief from the economic