Bigot of the Week Award: Mike Pence and Matt McLaughlin

27 Mar
No, I'm Not Gay!

No, I’m Not Gay!

Sadly, Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday the freedom to hate and discriminate. This law is fairly far-reaching in how it will impact many communities.

Yes, the obvious community it allows for hate and discrimination against is the LGBTQ community. I would also like to call attention to the fact that this “Religious Freedom” law also paves the way for police officers to refuse to defend mosques or synagogues because it may go against their Christian beliefs. This law now allows the refusal to help women experiencing domestic violence, as previous laws in place to advocate for women  may not apply to someone whose religion says someone may discipline their spouse and children however they deem proper. I presume this law also allows the medical profession to now legally deny women access to birth control.

Help me understand how this law is beneficial to anyone’s civil rights? How is this not about protecting the fear of white heterosexual Christian men?

Demonstrating his enormous privilege and horrific lack of reflection, Pence had the audacity to observe

This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it.

As icing on the one-man-one-woman-only wedding cake, he also signed the legislation in a private ceremony. Just a little shy about making your hate public, Governor?

In other atrocious news, a most dishonorable mention must go to Matt McLaughlin. McLaughlin is backing the bill in California called the Sodomite Suppression Act, which calls for the execution of gays with a bullet to the head. Goodness, McLaughlin certainly seems obsessed with anal sex! Gratefully, California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, is desperately trying to find a way to just dismiss this modern-day Nazi bill.

Enough awful news! I am in search of all of the many heroes that need celebrating.

37 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: Mike Pence and Matt McLaughlin”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW March 27, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. Dr. Rex March 27, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Definitely major steps backwards in rational, common sense thinking. Happy I don’t live in Indiana …. need to keep eyes open though, this may spread!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:26 am #

      Dr. Rex, thank you for reblogging this! Very sad commentary on humanity. Yes, we must keep our eyes open. Peace, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex March 27, 2015 at 7:32 am #

        Peace! Sadly I think this won’t stop here.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:34 am #

        Sadly, I suspect Georgia will be the next state to turn backwards by 200 years.

      • Dr. Rex March 27, 2015 at 7:40 am #

        Oops! Georgia is to close to FL for comfort!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:41 am #

        We may have to come and rescue you from Florida, Dr. Rex!

      • Dr. Rex March 27, 2015 at 7:41 am #

        You may have too indeed …. now that I’m legally married!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:43 am #

        I will see what it will take for Oregon to start offering asylum.

      • Dr. Rex March 27, 2015 at 7:44 am #

        TY …. may need that!!

  3. Mr. Militant Negro March 27, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  4. seaangel4444 March 27, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    Michael, I saw this ‘individual’ on the news yesterday, and as the words, “This bill is not about discrimination……..” came rolling out of his mouth, I literally shook my head. Clearly there are no definitive words for his outrageous mindset. Cher

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:42 am #

      Cher, thank you for being such a lovely ally and activist! Pence leaves nothing but a legacy of hate–how very sad.

      • seaangel4444 March 27, 2015 at 7:49 am #

        Thank you, Michael, for bringing an extra spotlight on these bewildering situations. Oh yes, I agree wholeheartedly; what comes to mind is Shakespeare’s, “a rose by any other name……” except in this case it is ‘hate’ by any other name is still discrimination and bigotry. Shall keep sending peaceful thoughts of course! Cher xo

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:52 am #

        Thank you, Cher! Sending you lots of love, Michael.

      • seaangel4444 March 27, 2015 at 7:52 am #

        And to you as well, Michael!! Cher xo

  5. josephurban March 27, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    I suspect the state of Indian is going to end up spending millions defending this in the courts. Millions of dollars supplied by taxpayers…some of whom are gay taxpayers.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 7:59 am #

      Fantastic point! Yes, what a waste of tax dollars and more evidence of Pence’s incompetence. Thank you for commenting here. Peace, Michael.

  6. Rebecca Meyer March 27, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    These “religious freedom” bills are so ridiculous. More accurately, they’re “freedom to discriminate” laws. Just terrible. I don’t know what their religion has to do with gay and lesbian customers Mike Pence wants to discriminate against. If these religious freedom people don’t believe being gay is “moral,” then they don’t have to be gay. Simple as that.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Rebecca, thank you for your solidarity and for being such a strong ally! Peace, Michael.

      • Rebecca Meyer March 27, 2015 at 10:03 am #

        You’re welcome! Thank you for writing this post. I was actually just in the middle of writing my response to Mike Pence’s bill, and I came across your post. You said it perfectly!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 10:26 am #

        Thank you for your kind words, and for your action! Peace, Michael.

      • Rebecca Meyer March 27, 2015 at 11:01 am #

        You’re welcome! I’m so glad I found your blog. I totally agree with your opinions on the topic.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 11:05 am #

        Thank you, Rebecca. I’m enjoying reading your blog as well. 🙂

      • Rebecca Meyer March 27, 2015 at 11:07 am #

        Thank you, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! 🙂

  7. Jackie Marquardt March 27, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    I thought this country was about life, liberty, and justice FOR ALL, and that Christianity was about loving one another. Didn’t Jesus say “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
    Whatever this is, it is not just, and it is not love.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Jackie, yes, this is certainly an example of a twisted perversion of Christianity. Thank you for being such a strong ally to the LGBTQ community! Sending you lots of love, Michael.

  8. penguinlad March 27, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Congratulations, Indiana! You managed to be more bigoted than Arizona! How does it feel to be first? What a lovely legacy.

    Two things occur to me, neither of them pleasant. First, it’s clear that the zealots know they’ve basically lost the marriage war, so they had to find another way to stamp their nasty little feet. So you can get married? Good luck finding a baker! >evil chortlesigh<

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 11:16 am #

      Thank you for chiming in here, Penguin. Who knew Indiana had more bigots than the state of John McCain? Peace, Michael.

  9. penguinlad March 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    It occurs to me, however, that Indiana Republicans have accidentally created quite a conundrum for themselves. Imagine, if you will, a business owner whose religion preaces pacificsm. Under this law, they can ban any customer carrying a gun, can’t they?

    I want every Presidential candidate to be asked how they would resolve this tension between their precious Religious Freedom and their oh-so-important firearms. I think it might make Ted Cruz’s head explode. Wouldn’t that be fun?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Indeed, it would be a guilty pleasure seeing Ted Cruz’s head explode. You make a good point here, Penguin. I suspect (hope) this has now extinguished any Presidential aspirations the nefarious Pence may have had. Peace, Michael.

  10. Diane March 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    Join the movement called #Imgaytoo for straight and gay people on Facebook and/or Twitter to support the LGBT community in light of the recent move by Indiana’s governor who signed a bill into law to legally discriminate against gay people in restaurants and public businesses. If my gay friends are going to be subjected to this, then I’m gay too. use the hash tag #imgaytoo to let Gov. Mike Pence and his ilk in the Republican Party know that America is a country where everyone is free and equal according to the law–and if you’re driving through Indiana fuel up in Illinois and eat before going through the state, or just avoid Indiana altogether in your travels.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Diane, thank you for your solidarity! Thank you for your allyship! Peace and love, Michael.

  11. mandy smith March 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Seriously, Michael, my head is spinning from politician craziness. I just did a post on the crazy comments by conservative politician about rape. I personally think the guys making these ridiculous statements and political moves have their own agenda that they are covering up. Thanks for the info–I hadn’t heard this.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 29, 2015 at 7:28 am #

      Yes, Mandy. It is difficult to keep up with all of this absurdity! Thank you for all you do towards social justice. Love and peace, Michael.

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