CEO to Georgia lawmakers on religious liberty bill: ‘The world is watching’

March 7, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s biblical case against Georgia’s “religious liberty” proposal provoked a show of support from business behemoths, gay rights activists and left-leaning groups uniting to rally around the Republican. The measure’s supporters, meanwhile, signaled they are digging in for a brutal battle over the last few weeks of the legislative session.

The governor said Thursday he would reject any measure that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and urged religious conservatives not to feel threatened by the ruling. He also called on his fellow Republicans pushing for the measure to take a deep breath and “recognize that the world is changing around us.”

Soon, a litany of corporate chieftains who had warned the measure was discriminatory praised the governor’s stance. This came Friday from Paul Polman, the chief executive of Unilever:

  • TeaTephi

    Methinks Georgia voters have identified another wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • Harvey Thomas Creech

    Why is it that any attempt by a legislative body to protect the religious conscience rights that are spelled out in the 1st Amendment, as to Christians being able to reject demands(not requests)by gay couples wanting to get married and use the services of said Christian businessmen and women who cite their faith and belief in traditional marriage, as ‘discriminatory’? It seems that gay rights trumps religious liberty anytime that the two clash. I think that James Madison and the other founding fathers and authors of the Constitution are “rolling over in their graves.” It’s sad that gay rights people are using/misusing the Constitution and a narrow Supreme Court ruling to intimidate legislators, small business owners, and others who want to live out their faith in public, not just in church.

    • Raylan Givens

      People used to use the same “religious liberty” to refuse serving interracial couples.

      • Harvey Thomas Creech

        I think we’re living in a different time, different situations, and much more intimidation and pressure by the left for conservative Christians to bend to the will of the LGBTQ agenda. I am 68 yrs. old and I don’t remember such heavy-handed tactics to get ‘racist’ business owners to serve interracial couples. What ever happened to true tolerance and “let and let live”. Christians should not have to give up their 1st Amendment rights for the sake of the gay agenda.

  • Vender

    What a pathetic “squish” of a governor. Who cares if the “world” is watching. It is more important that “God” is watching. It doesn’t matter in the end what man says is right or wrong, it is what God says. Immorality can not be legislated by man, God will decide regardless. I stand with God.

  • 83ragtop50

    Yep. The “world” is watching. Watching America go down the path to self destruction by acceptance of immoral behavior in the name of inclusiveness.


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