Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pedal backwards faster, PEDAL BACKWARDS FASTER

Image of Mike Pence doing a crossword puzzle poorly from The Daily Beast

Facing a national uproar over a religious freedom law, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana said Tuesday that he wanted the measure changed by week’s end, even as he stepped up a vigorous defense of the law, rejecting claims that it would allow business to deny services to gays and lesbians.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to discriminate against anyone,” Mr. Pence, a Republican, said at a news conference in Indianapolis.

He acknowledged that the law, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, had become a threat to the state’s reputation and economy, with companies and organizations signaling that they would avoid Indiana in response to it. Mr. Pence said he had been on the phone with business leaders from around the country, adding, “We want to make it clear that Indiana’s open for business.”

But the governor, clearly exasperated and sighing audibly in response to questions, seemed concerned mostly with defending the law and the intent behind it, saying, “We’ve got a perception problem,” not one of substance. He referred to “gross mischaracterizations,” “reckless reporting by some in the media,” “completely false and baseless” accounts of the law, and “the smear that’s been leveled against this law and against the people of Indiana.”

2 comments:

Tamayn Irraniah said...

SO then why doesn't Pence take the time to explain exactly what this law is protecting, unless "religious freedom" is such a nebulous concept that he couldn't define it if he tried without offending someone.

Writer said...

Meh. He called out and didn't want to have to tell the truth in public. That basically seems to be the point of politicians today - if you get caught mouthing Newspeak, deny everything and lie lie lie.