Did North Carolina and Georgia learn nothing from Indiana?
Precisely one year ago, the country’s eyes were repaired on Indiana as that state was deluged with protests after it passed a controversial spiritual freedom law. That law gave businesses the right to choose refrain from doing company with clients whose beliefs they didn’t concur with. It came after Christian bakeshop owners in Oregon faced prosecution and civil penalties for refusing to bake a wedding event cake for a gay couple.Yielding to pressure from gay rights groups and major corporations including Apple, Indiana Governor Mike Pence dealt with the legislature to customize the law.How is that simply one year later, North Carolina’s governor signed a law that deals with discrimination security for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and Georgia’s legislature attempted to press through a procedure similar to Indiana’s original “religious flexibility” expense? Did they not anticipate the backlash and subsequent harm to its economy that would follow?

They probably did but that wouldn’t be a deterrent because winning over the Internet, Hollywood and Corporate America was never ever the goal.

Keep in mind that well-known line from the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill: “All politics is regional.”.

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It doesn’t get far more local than state legislatures, where a really little number of votes is all you have to swing an election. In North Carolina, practically every general election for state house seats draws a small total of about 25,000 votes cast. In Georgia, state house elections typically draw an average of simply 10,000 overall votes cast!

So, the support of just a couple of medium-sized church groups might be all it takes for a candidate to win an election.

The possibilities were slim to none of business like Apple or perhaps Sales Force getting involved in contributions for those regional elections. Those companies are likewise not likely to come to their district and set up offices or factories. And the national news media isn’t most likely to ever get interested either. For these state representatives, a totally different and incredibly local set of aspects chooses their political and professional fate. And in the rural areas of the country where evangelical neighborhoods are strong and political and religious engagement go together, these kinds of religious-freedom laws are going to be popular for some time to come.
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That’s regardless of how anti-gay or unpopular they appear to be to blue states or Corporate America. At a time when spiritual neighborhoods deal with a far more genuine and existential danger of losing their tax-exempt status for houses of worship and schools, these unnecessary laws protecting religious individuals from very rare events in restrooms and pastry shops open the door to political analysis and reaction.

We might think the local chosen leaders of states like North Carolina are cowering under pressure from spiritual groups, however the reverse is more likely to be true. Politicians are playing on the hyped up fears of their regional spiritual voters to get added assistance.

That’s right. This might only be the pointer of the iceberg for these types of laws especially in an election year.

That’s the real reason why Georgia’s Republican Governor Nathan Deal banned his state’s brand-new religious flexibility law. It’s why Republican Governor Pence moved Heaven and Earth to change Indiana’s law last year. For state governors, outside industrial and other financial issues do matter and those aspects are part of what makes up their “local” political world.

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Mississippi’s state legislature simply passed a comparable spiritual liberty law, and a handful of other states will probably follow suit. These are fool’s errands that threaten the individuals in these states both economically and religiously, but as long as they help regional politicians win elections this pattern will continue.

Because, say it with me now: “All politics is regional.”.