Another RFRA could be dying.
After lawmakers in Georgia passed the heinous Religious Freedom bill, Gov. Nathan Deal pretty much denounced it yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Gov. Deal has said that he would reject any bill that supports discrimination in the name of religion. He also recognizes that the world is changing and these laws are foolish.
During this ceremony, he said
“I know that there are a lot of Georgians who feel like this is a necessary step for us to take. I would hope that in the process of these last few days, we can keep in mind the concerns of the faith-based community, which I believe can be protected without setting up the situation where we could be accused of allowing or encouraging discrimination.”Then, he added:
“What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones that did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world … We do not have a belief in my way of looking at religion that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teaching of Jesus, I don’t think they fit.”
“What that says is we have a belief in forgiveness and that we do not have to discriminate unduly against anyone on the basis of our own religious beliefs. We are not jeopardized, in my opinion, by those who believe differently from us. We are not, in my opinion, put in jeopardy by virtue of those who might hold different beliefs or who may not even agree with what our Supreme Court said the law of the land is on the issue of same-sex marriage. I do not feel threatened by the fact that people who might choose same-sex marriages pursue that route.”If you didn't know, Gov. Deal recited a passage from the Gospel of John, which is very interesting. Using the Bible to denounce these "Religious Freedom" laws. I think it's very telling where he stands on the issue, and I hope he kills it if it reaches his desk.