GAY UNEQUAL RIGHTS: Hal Lindsey Report: 4-4-2014

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The Hal Lindsey Report: 4-4-2014Telephone: 1-888-RAPTURE 1-888-727-8873E-mail: questions@ This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'In February, the state of Arizona was the target of threats from major corporations, national civic and service organizations, even the National Football League. All because of a piece of legislation the Arizona legislature had passed. Before Governor Jan Brewer finally vetoed the bill, she was even urged to do so by such "conservative" luminaries as Mitt Romney and John McCain. What on earth caused all the ruckus? Why did the NFL threaten to withdraw next year's Super Bowl from Phoenix? Did Arizona's legislators legalize human trafficking? Maybe they approved euthanasia of all persons over 65? Did they propose seceding from the Union? Not quite. The Arizona legislature simply passed a state version of a federal act that had been been signed into law in 1993 by Bill Clinton after it had passed the House unanimously and the Senate by a vote of 97-3. The federal law was called "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act." So was the Arizona version. Essentially, it said that government could not pass laws or institute regulations that caused an undue burden on a person's free exercise of religion (unless there was an unusually "compelling" government interest in doing so). Its intent was to prevent various "rights activists" from using existing laws or extra-legislative regulations to force individuals to act in ways that conflicted with their religious beliefs. Of course, most of us grew up believing that the First Amendment to the Constitution did that. Apparently we were either misinformed or the Constitution has been so mangled by those who despise it that it's no longer legible. The Arizona legislators felt compelled to address the situation that has been caused of late by LGBT activists who have been demanding that photographers, florists, bakers, caterers, hospitality establishments, even churches that oppose same-sex marriage be required to service their "weddings" even though it conflicts with the religious beliefs and convictions of the service providers. Apparently the days of business owners being able to say, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" are just a memory. God Bless,Hal Lindsey

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