Air Date: March 31, 2015
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Mat Staver
Since late last week when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB-101), the LGBT activist community and left-leaning groups have been in a frenzy. Their response shows how America has become entrenched in an extremist, left-wing, anti-Christian and anti-God mentality that appears to want nothing more than to trample the religious freedoms established in our Constitution.
Joining Jim Schneider to discuss this issue was Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and chairman of Liberty Counsel Action. Mat holds Bachelor, Master and Juris Doctorate degrees and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and a Doctorate of Divinity. He has argued two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court as lead counsel and written numerous briefs before the High Court. Mat has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country and has over 230 published legal opinions. He has authored hundreds of popular articles, eight scholarly law review publications, numerous brochures and booklets and 11 books, most of which focus on constitutional law. His two most recent books are, ‘Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom’ which is the most comprehensive book ever written on religious liberty and ‘Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk.’
Indiana’s new law has historic precedent that goes back to the 1990’s. In 1993, the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act was overwhelmingly approved by Congress and signed into law by Democrat President Bill Clinton. After that time, individual states began to form their own similar restoration acts modeled after the federal law.
So now, with 20 years of history behind it, Indiana signed their version and LGBT activists and a segment of the media are acting as though Christians will be allowed to deny homosexuals the right to buy a hamburger at their local fast food restaurant. Instead, as Mat described it, the law is about allowing individuals to refrain from participation, celebration and promotion of anything that is contrary to their religious beliefs.
Should a Jewish print shop be required to print ‘Death to Israel’ signs? If the LGBT community were correct in their argumentation, logical consistency would demand that such signs be printed and Mat said that this example is not an over-exaggeration. In fact, he indicated that this would mean a printing company owned by an African-American individual would be viewed as showing wrongful discrimination by refusing a job to print literature promoting a pro-KKK rally.
As Mat described it, ‘…you see this intolerant homosexual agenda that’s now coming out-of-the-closet if you will, and revealing their intolerance against any person of faith. They want no religious freedom, no accommodation for someone who has a sincerely held religious belief that does not agree with their lifestyle.’
The following companies are leading the charge in opposition to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana:
You may also contact the following Indiana legislators to communicate your views on this issue:
Governor Mike Pence–317-232-4567
Brian Bosma–Speaker of the House–317-232-9677
David Long–Senate President—317-232-9416