Saturday, April 16, 2016

Missouri's Religous Freedom Bill : The People Will Vote - Oh No! Not That!

What a bad idea, designing a bill to set moral standards and one that supports the Constitutional rights to the freedom of religion, and then of all things, allowing the citizens to deicide the outcome.

On no! Have we come to this in the face of the 'new wave' progressive politics where the new thinking is the people are too stupid to make such important decision, and they go saying the people can decide?

Goodness, how archaic and so last week, actually allowing the citizens, the people to make the decision on the freedom to chose instead of Bruce Springsteen, PayPal, the NFL or Disney corporation executives.

Now I'm a little scared, what's next?

Missouri Attempts to Send Religious Liberty Bill Straight to the People
Kelsey Harkness / /     

As religious liberty bills continue to draw ire from big businesses in North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi, another state is bracing for a similar battle: Missouri.

Big businesses have already spoken out about a bill currently being debated at the state capitol, arguing that adopting a string of protections for individuals and businesses that don’t support same-sex marriage will drive business away from their state. But unlike other states where the fate of the legislation was left to the governor, in Missouri, lawmakers want the people to decide.

“Because of the recent Supreme Court decision, because of the whole same-sex marriage [thing] and where religious liberties are protected and where they’re not protected, it’s really created a lot more questions than it’s answered,” state Rep. Paul Curtman told The Daily Signal. “What makes us different is, we’re recognizing all of that, and the legislature is vetting legislation for our Constitution, but then, ultimately, the idea is to let the people to continue to be the final arbitrator of this issue.”

Curtman is the House sponsor of a religious liberty bill known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, which would amend the state’s constitution. In March, after a historic 36-hour filibuster, the state Senate approved the bill. Now the measure is working its way through the House, where, if it passes, it won’t go to the governor’s desk, but rather to a ballot initiative later this year where every Missouri citizen has a chance to weigh in.

“Missouri’s SJR39 represents a seminal moment in the battle for religious liberty,” said Ryan Johnson, president of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom. “The election will be the first opportunity for the people to vote on this issue since the Supreme Court’s decision. Missouri’s historic role as the bellwether state will be an important gauge by which we measure the opinion of the American electorate in the ongoing religious freedom vs. gay marriage contest.” Supporters say if SJR 39 were to take effect, it would ban government discrimination against people of faith because of their beliefs about marriage. Schools and charities, for example, would be protected from losing access to government programs because of their beliefs about marriage.

Opponents argue that the measure would encourage discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals by allowing some private business owners such as photographers and florists to deny service for a wedding or marriage because of their religious beliefs. They believe that such measure would drive business out of the state, sending the message that Missouri condones discrimination against the LGBT community.

Already, big businesses are threatening boycotts. Missouri Competes, a group of more than 100 businesses that came together to fight the effort, called the bill “misguided” and said it would “damage Missouri’s reputation and hamper our state’s ability to attract top talent.”

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