Georgia’s Religious Freedom Act: Unpacking a Corporate PR stunt

StevensBY SAMUEL STEVENS
Staff Writer

Big business pulls another public relations stunt, at the expense of freedom of association.
Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would have allowed faith-based organizations to refuse to hire someone if the person’s beliefs conflicted with organization, for the reason that it was an “anti-gay” bill.
This came after a wave of pressure from major businesses and Hollywood stars protested the move, including 21st Century Fox, Viacom and AMC, among others. “I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia,” Deal said, according to Reuters on March 28.
Businesses are profit-motivated organizations, and that is not intrinsically negative. What is negative is the way modern businesses use divisive identity politics to satisfy their customers.
Georgia’s legislature passes a law to protect their religious community. It is farcical that a faith-based organization should have to hire someone who does not support the mission of its organization.
Equally farcical is the idea that someone would want to join a religious institution if their personal beliefs were conflicted with it.
The push for “rights” has gone too far. America was founded on majority rule, minority rights for the dissenters.
Georgia is a clear case of a very loud minority shouting down something passed by the democratically elected state legislature.
The corporate involvement, however, makes me reticent even to view the backlash from LGBT activists as a grassroots phenomenon. Perhaps it is, on some level, but on another the fact that the NFL and major media companies threatened the state with a boycott makes it extremely suspect.
The oligarchic class creates “false consciousness,” as the old Marxists called the dominant ideologies of their day, by using the left-wing ideology it is supposed to oppose.
The PR benefits for these companies must be immense. Other media will lavish them with praise, and many in the general public will see them as the “good” corporations.
If it had not been Georgia, there would have been another issue for these companies to swoop in and fix.
The true cost is to civil liberties. The equality push, like any revolutionary movement, turned from redressing real grievances to destroying the very thing it once cherished. While it is not on the level of Robespierre’s Reign of Terror by any means, it is a concerning shift in American politics.
The United States is a massive country with many different cultures within it. If you do not like the laws in one place, you can move to a different state. The people of Georgia do not have the same outlook as the people of California.
The two can co-exist.
The continued erosion of basic civil liberties is a serious concern because of the increase in the national security apparatus. The veto of the Georgia law with the tacit approval of major corporations is worrying.
The only logical conclusion of such a law is the destruction of freedom of association. If an individual cannot judge or make a decision on who they provide a service to, they may as well waive all of their rights.
The corporations who push the “revolutionary” politics that sell should take note. They themselves may be on trial by public opinion one day

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