On Monday morning, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would have protected religious freedom for Georgia’s churches, clergy, faith-based entities, and citizens.
Following the veto of the religious freedom bill, Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz released the following statement:
“It’s striking that the day after Easter, churches in Georgia are told their freedoms are not that important to protect. It’s clear that corporate giants like Apple, Disney, NCAA, Intel have finally come out of the closet and declared public war on the religious freedom of clergy and religious schools, as was the protection in Georgia’s very modest HB 757 that they worked to bring down. It’s sad that Apple, Disney the NCAA and others won’t even allow pastors to have religious freedom protections on marriage in Georgia, like they do in Texas. It’s sad that corporate bullies and cronyism is now taking away the power of the people. The clergy and religious school protections in HB 757 were rejected by the Governor of Georgia. Texas’ Pastor Protection law, similar to major portions of Georgia’s religious liberty legislation, is proof that religious freedom for pastors, churches, and religious organizations is no threat to any business- except for lobbyists on the left and the corporate entertainment industry. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, an actual leader that stands up to corporate bullies, would have never allowed this to happen. Will Disney now ban you from wearing a cross outside your shirt at their parks? Will a Catholic priest be forced to remove his white collar when he takes a picture with Mickey Mouse? This is how extreme the attacks now are on religious freedom, it’s a zero tolerance policy for religious freedom.”