ABC News’s George Stephanopolous seemed to have Indiana Governor Mike Pence up against the ropes as he pounded him with the kind of “tough questions” that journalists never seem to pose to their liberal guests. Actually, it was the same tough question repeated over and over again—doesn’t the Indiana religious freedom bill grant business owners a license to discriminate against the “LGBT” community?
Pence denied it, though he shouldn’t have. He should have said that it does and that there’s nothing wrong with that. Then he should have turned the tables on Stephanopolous by asking him why he belongs to the bigoted, discriminatory Greek Orthodox Church. Stephanopolous’s preferred denomination considers homosexuality to be a sin and, worse yet, doesn’t ordain female priests.
‘That’s different!’ I would expect him to say.
Why is it different? The party line these days seems to be that government can’t interfere with churches the same way it can with businesses. Churches have special protections under the Constitution that florists and photographers don’t have.
A quick glance at our founding document reveals that that it doesn’t say a thing about churches. What the Constitution does say is that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion, a concept applied to all levels of government via the incorporation doctrine of the fourteenth amendment. It’s entirely irrelevant if that exercise is taking place between the four walls of a church.
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