I‘ve long referred to Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver as the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, but the group’s communications director, Charla Bansley, isn’t any brighter. She has a Worldnetdaily column about the RFRA situation in Indiana in which she declares that Gov. Mike Pence is the modern Martin Luther King and that Christians should turn Indianapolis into the new Ferguson.
Can conservatives responding to the recent controversy in Indiana over religious freedom learn anything from liberals about messaging? After the Michael Brown shooting, liberal leaders from the left, such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and secular progressive communities from across America seized the opportunity and flocked to Ferguson, Missouri, to take over the narrative, blaming Brown’s death on “institutional racism.” Universities as far away as George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, held diversity discussions. College students from all over the country joined the crowds walking the streets chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Today, the church must contend for the faith and the faithful in like manner. What churches and religious universities will take a page out of the liberal playbook to rally, to march, to hold candle vigils and to speak out? What pastors will go to Indianapolis to stand by Gov. Mike Pence and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Which organizations will help pay the way for those victimized by religious intolerance – bakers, photographers, venue owners – to make their way to Indianapolis? When will we as a church begin matching our words with action? If not now, then when?
Gov. Pence is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of 2015, courageously defending the bakers, photographers, florists, ministers, county clerks, and owners of wedding venues who, after a lifetime of acquiring skills and building businesses, have seen their livelihoods destroyed, forced to pay exorbitant fines and even threatened with jail.
You’ve got your comparison kinda backwards there. Martin Luther King was arguing against the right of businesses to discriminate against people and much of that discrimination was also justified religiously. He helped push through this law called the Civil Rights Act. It’s kind of an important law, you should look it up. If you weren’t homeschooled by fundie parents, you might already have heard of it.