Georgia lawmakers have not seen the last of a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The bill, now tabled in the House, is designed to prevent state and local governments from infringing on people’s religious rights. Government would have to show a compelling interest to do so.
Mike Griffin, field director for Georgia Right to Life, says homosexual activists took the legislation “hostage” and made demands about the bill, much like a similar bill in Indiana that became a nationwide controversy. That bill survived but only after it was re-written under pressure from homosexual activists and corporations.
“And unfortunately the media’s more than willing to be the megaphone for a lot of demagoguing and fear mongering that’s going on out there,” Griffin alleges. “And as a result of that, it has a very intimidating effect upon politicians.”
“Georgia bill helps wife beaters,” the left-wing Daily Beast proclaimed in a March story, claiming the bill would allow domestic violence if there is a “religious pretext.”
A press release from the ACLU stated that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal “cited the business outcry, threat of boycotts, and the negative national attention focused on Indiana and Arkansas” as reasons to stop the bill from moving forward.
“Georgia RFRA dies in face of national backlash,” the press release’s headline read.
There were not enough people to stand up for religious freedom, Griffin says, so the situation in the Georgia legislature made for a tough environment.
“And it reminds us that the church and pastors need to stand up and speak, because they certainly represent a majority of our citizens,” says the pro-life spokesman. “And this is a First Amendment right that should be cherished by all.”
He says sponsors will be back next year for another attempt at passage.