Whenever I hear about a company threatening to pull out of a state unless religious people are forced to hire immoral people, I wonder. How does it harm you, big business, if the people you hate (let’s be honest now) don’t have to hire homosexuals? If they have the freedom to not bring those affected with same sex attraction disorder into their workplace, how does that harm you? Are you really going to take your ball and go home? For once, I would like to see a governor challenge such childishness with something like the following:
“Dear Corporation X, are you saying that your own internal culture is so fragile that you cannot maintain it if others aren’t required to act like you? I suggest that your ability to maintain your own culture is not under threat and would not change in any way, because you are responsible for it, not I.
Do you have the courage to live by your own convictions regardless of others, or is your morality a begrudging one, willing to act only if the law forces you to do so? In the end, you will be responsible for hiring and firing, not me, and not this law. If freedom threatens you, that is a decision that those you fire will long remember, as will all who consider your products. Never say that I forced your hand, or that the legislature is to blame; you can either act with the strength of your own convictions or engage in tit-for-tat political brinksmanship while putting your employees out of work. The choice, as always, is yours.”