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March 31, 2015 5:26 AM

March 31, 2015 5:20 AM

Since the year after its 1995 founding, Angie’s List has been headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The $315 million corporation which lets users review local businesses, especially home improvement professionals, has been planning a $40 million renovation of its own, moving its headquarters across town and adding 1000 new jobs over five years. But thanks to state lawmakers and Republican Governor Mike Pence’s new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, those expansion plans have been canceled…. “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement today, adding, the expansion is “on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future.”

It would be far too easy to default to anger over Indiana’s astonishing endorsement of homophobia and discrimination that is their “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” There’s much that’s anger-provoking about the new law, in particular Gov. Mike Pence’s undeniable lies and dissembling when it comes to what the law will enable and why he signed it. Why wallow in anger when the business community will speak out in a manner far more effective and long-lasting?

The business community outside of Indiana by and large understands that discrimination is bad for their bottom line. When you refuse to do business with someone, they take their money elsewhere, most likely to a competitor more than happy to provide the necessary good or services. The problem with this scenario is that when customers take their business elsewhere, it becomes difficult to stay in business. An owner does what it takes to be profitable; why else would anyone be in business? Refusing to do business with someone because you abhor their lifestyle and/or sexuality in the end really only harms you. The person whose money you refuse will simply go elsewhere to get what they need. You may feel better about yourself, but business doesn’t run on principle or whatever it is passes as “religious belief.” Business is about profit…which is tougher to achieve when you’re turning away business.

Given the number of businesses and government entities who’ve committed to boycott Indiana, there will be pain until the business community prevails upon state government to repeal RFRA. Adapt or die…and it looks as if, at least for the moment, Indiana has chosen death.

I wonder how that’s going to work out for them?

March 31, 2015 5:05 AM

March 30, 2015 6:28 AM

(thanks to Mark Bunster)

March 30, 2015 6:07 AM

I don’t live in Indiana (for which I’m eternally grateful), but if I did, this is how I’d deal with the Hoosier States new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”:

After giving it much thought, I’ve come to a decision. Now that it’s legal (at least in Indiana and soon other states) to discriminate against those whose beliefs, lifestyle, sexuality, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum might offend one’s tender sensibilities and “religious convictions,” I’ve decided to take action.

Going forward, I will refuse to acknowledge those “born again” Conservatives who believe their “religious freedoms” were under assault because they didn’t have the right to deny others their rights. As we all know, Jesus was all about conditional love.

Any God-fearing Christian patriot will tell you that Jesus hated Teh Gayz. It says so right there in the Bible…somewhere. We think. OK, so maybe it was the Old Testament, and maybe we ignore the parts about adultery, shellfish, wearing clothes of mixed fibers, getting tattoos, etc.; because when we do those things, it’s OK to ignore them. Hey, that’s what cafeteria Christianity is all about.

Those gays, though, are HORRIBLE, abominations against God Almighty who deserved to be stoned. At the very least, we shouldn’t be forced to bake cakes for their Sodomite weddings, right??

Because I’m offended by Conservatives who wouldn’t know the teachings of Jesus Christ if He offered them up on Hannity, I will no longer countenance those who discriminate against those whose sexuality or other behavior(s) offend their religious “beliefs.”

If the American Taliban can pass a law making it legal to discriminate against those who offend them, there’s absolutely no reason that law can’t be turned on its ear and used against them. If I ran a bakery or something similar, I’d refuse to bake cakes for the weddings of Evangelicals. (‘Course, I’d be out of business in no time flat, but standing on principle sometimes requires one to make sacrifices, no?)

It’s What Jesus Would Do, don’tchaknow?

March 30, 2015 5:59 AM

March 30, 2015 5:52 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) conceded yesterday that his party lacks direction and vision, at least for now, when it comes to the environment. “Before we can be bipartisan we gotta figure out where we are as a party,” the Republican said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. “What is the environmental platform of the Republican Party?”…. “The problem is Al Gore has turned this thing into a religion,” Graham said. “You know, climate change is not a religious problem for me, it is an economic, it is an environmental problem.”

There are many reasons the Republican Party has no environmental policy. For one thing, there’s a significant chunk of the GOP’s rabid Christian Right wing convinced that, because of the impending Rapture, there’s no reason to care for the environment. They believe that we should exploit it as much as possible before the righteous are raptured to Paradise. After all, no one will be left will be the unsaved; they’ll have made their bed, so why shouldn’t the ybe made to lie in it?

Another reason for the GOP’s lack of an environmental policy is that protectibg the environment runs counter to the business interests of their largest donors. Something about not biting the hands that feed it, no? Why would Republicans do anything that would impede the ability of their benefactors to maximize profits? There’s no money in hugging trees; if it was otherwise, Greenpeace would be listed on the NASDAQ exchange.

For Sen. Graham to blame former Vice President Al Gore for turning the environment into a “religion” is beyond absurd. Graham’s ridiculous assertions only serve to underscore just how little thought Republicans have given the environment. They don’t know, because they don’t care to know. And when they don’t care to know, they can always blame a Democrats and absolve themselves of responsibility.

Stay classy, eh?

March 29, 2015 10:13 AM

March 29, 2015 10:05 AM

Because sometimes the silliness speaks for itself and I just don’t have what it takes to improve on perfection:

Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Campaign At Religious Right School Stacked With Anti-Gay Activists: Because there’s nothing like pretending that an audience forced to be present is indication of God smiling upon your candidacy.

Lewis Black: Not even taking LSD in my youth could prepare me for Ted Cruz: Black, who recognizes that Ted Cruz is this generation’s Joseph McCarthy, tries to have a rational discussion with a Conservative Christian. As might be expected, much hilarity ensues.

Peggy Noonan Impressed By Ted Cruz, Or Weakened By A Hangover, Hard To Tell: Because you’d have to be weakened with a hangover to be anything close to impressed with Cruz, who’s to tolerance and acceptance what Jeffrey Dahmer was to veganism.

Right-Wing Cardinal Compares Gay And Remarried Catholics To Murderers: This from a well fed- and celibate- White man whom we’re supposed to believe understands anything at all about relationships? That’s like depending on your grandmother to teach you how to throw a fastball.

Louie Gohmert Teases 2016 Run Then Quickly Pulls Out, Leaving Us Lonely And Unsatisfied: Because America can only take so much stupid…and besides, real men don’t pull out.

Australian comedian perfectly sums up why other countries think US gun laws are crazy: If you don’t believe me when I say that our gun laws are completely #@$%!& up, perhaps you’ll listen to someone who’s actually funny.

Rand Paul Suggests Gay Marriage Is The Result Of A ‘Moral Crisis’ In America: Uh, no…that would be modern Conservatism you’re thinking of, Senator- and you’re a big part of the problem.

Asking For ‘Obamacare Horror Stories’ Not Working Out That Well For Lying Assclown Cathy McMorris Rodgers: When you have nothing factual to offer, making $#!@ up is the only way to convince the American Sheeple that you’re a Very Serious Person ©.

The Insane Rumor About Why a Frat Was Suspended at Univ. of Houston: Say hello to the generation that will lead us into the future. Yes, America, we are totally gefickt.

Arizona Lawmaker Who Floated Mandatory Church Attendance Has A History Of Extremism: You mean to tell me that this isn’t her first trip on the Crazy Train?

March 29, 2015 9:54 AM

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