Friday, April 3, 2015

A Black Gay Conservative Reflects on LGBT Rights vs. Religious Liberty

Anthony Rek, a gay, black conservative offers a well-balanced response to the recent rise of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) throughout the country. 

Anthony Rek LeCounte is a Yale-educated conservative who wants the kind of bold, innovative, pro-growth governance that Barack Obama forgot about three years ago.
 He blogs at Token Dissonance.

In a way, the culture war (or what’s left of it) over recent state permutations of the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) is the latest instantiation of America’s ever rising sociopolitical polarization. A cursory look at the divergent media coverage shows the predictable degree to which some partisans of either side dismiss the rhetoric of their opponents as symptoms of debilitating paramnesia. Liberals think the most recent incarnation of RFRA in several red states is carefully tailored to allow discrimination. RFRA’s defenders counter that the altered provisions in Indiana would not trump anti-discrimination laws, as such a thinghas never happened.
As in many things, it seems people of different views are increasingly living in different worlds.