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Religious Liberty Win for Mississippi despite Misinformation Campaign and Legal Assault Funded by Big Business

Mississippi’s Protecting the Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act will remain in place as the Supreme Court has allowed an appeals court’s ruling to stand.

H.B. 1523, which was signed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in 2016, was designed to protect religious organizations and business owners from being persecuted for their beliefs affirming traditional marriage. Specifically, it prevents the government from fining or otherwise punishing churches and wedding vendors that will not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

As you know, the radical Human Rights Campaign (HRC) loathes the concept of 1st Amendment protections for those who don’t celebrate the left’s marriage agenda. HRC coordinated the misinformation campaign against H.B. 1523 and organized the liberal business community in opposition. 75 corporate leaders signed HRC’s letter in an attempt to bully Mississippi for protecting religious liberty:

15Five
8VC
Accompany
Affirm, Inc.
Airbnb
Aspect Ventures
Bloomberg L.P.
Box
Brocade Communications Systems
Capital One
Castlight Health
Choice Hotels International
Coca-Cola Company
Cowboy Ventures
CVS Health
Dow Chemical Company
Dropbox
Emerson Collective
Etsy
Eventbrite
GE
Glassdoor
Gogobot
Intel
John Hancock Financial
Joyus
KPMG LLP
Levi Strauss and Co.
Logitech
Madison-Reed
Matrix Partners
Nextdoor
NextLesson
Northrop Grumman
OutCast Agency
Pepo
Pramana Collective
PwC
Quotient
RadPad
Salesforce
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
StyleSeat
The Battery
Tumblr
Uber
Warby Parker
Williams-Sonoma
Zynga

Shortly after it was passed, H.B. 1523 was challenged by the ACLU and the LGBT advocates at Lambda Legal. However, in June 2017, the the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the plaintiffs could not prove they had been injured by the law and therefore had no legal standing.

While the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means the appellate court’s decision and H.B. 1523 stand, Lambda Legal is desperate to find a way to kill these protections for those who will not succumb to the left’s bullying. As soon as the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, Lambda Legal launched a search for any “victim” that can serve as an avenue for the next legal challenge to the law.

To Lambda Legal and HRC, Mississippi’s H.B. 1523 represents an enormous obstacle to the LGBT agenda because it is a blueprint for protecting citizens in every state. Essentially, the law prevents activists from coming after cake bakers and florists like we’ve seen in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.

Furthermore, their assault on the 1st Amendment is enabled by complicit corporations that carry the water for the left’s agenda on this issue. You can see more on the companies that support HRC on our resource page here. We also have a have found the following corporations, in addition to several law firms, are listed as sponsors of Lambda Legal:

AARP
American Airlines
Gilead Sciences
MasterCard
Merrill Lynch (Bank of America)
Northern Trust
Toyota
Wells Fargo

Use the links to see the scorepages for these corporations and use the contact buttons on their pages to tell these companies to stop funding the left’s legal assault on 1st Amendment protections.

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  • Paul Raymond

    It’s time we dealt with the corporate Gaystapo.

    • glenbo

      >>”It’s time we dealt with the corporate Gaystapo.”<<

      What do you mean by that statement?

      • Paul Raymond

        Well, boycotts of course. I’ve even gone so far as to name every one I could find, even going as far back as 2013 and their attacks on a good Minnesota Marriage Amendment and their attacks on a good Arizona RFRA in 2014 all the way through SB 6 (or whatever it was called) in Texas and the latest attacks on the bakers (yes, corporate Gaystapo are filing briefs against him.)

        Also, I even named the companies that pressured the Boy Scouts to cave. I’ve got a big list:

        https://patriotmongoose.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-gaystapo-and-transtapo-exposed/

        • glenbo

          >>”I’ve got a big list:”<<

          Holy Cow!

          That's not just a "big list…" that's a HUGE list.
          I'm guessing over a thousand companies and individuals…many of them big names and affluent companies and people. That's impressive! And it's obvious these aren't just a bunch of anonymous robots…these are legitimate people and corporations.

          So all these dissenters seem to be rallying together for a common cause.

          Why do you suppose they are doing this?
          And why in such huge numbers of highly respectable people and companies?

          • Wayne Johnson

            These “corporations” that are huge in number as you cite are just products of a corrupt and insane and immoral society. They believe they can act forever with impunity. One day the people that are responsible for getting these “corporations” involved in their immorality will have to pay for their actions.

          • glenbo

            >>”These “corporations” that are huge in number as you cite are just products of a corrupt and insane and immoral society. “<<

            Really? All those (1000+) people and corporations are corrupt, insane and immoral?
            That taking quite a stretch to make an assertion like that. And that doesn't make any sense.

            But that doesn't adequately answer my question:
            Why would they do that?

          • Wayne Johnson

            Why? Because they hate their ideology. It is that simple. People that work for these large corporations always have an excuse for why they work there. I will not knowingly support any organization that does not like my ideology. I quit the nfl cold turkey after many decades of being an avid fan because of their displayed hate for thePolice and their love for Police murderers. This is what their so called protest is about. They try and lie about so called ” social justice” but the real reasons is what I have stated. Besides protest on your own dime. Not mine. No other business would allow their employees to to come to work and organize a protest of this sort. They would terminate you (justly) for this action.

          • glenbo

            >>”Because they hate their ideology. It is that simple. “<<

            Hate their ideology? Makes no sense.
            Or disapprove of laws that allow discrimination? Makes TOTAL sense.
            I think you are manipulating the conversation.

          • Wayne Johnson

            I am not manipulating anything. Those of you on the left believe in free speech unless someone disagrees with you the you want them more than shut up. You leftists want them dead. I am not interested in a back and forth with you. All you ant to do is argue. Please go away and argue with someone else.

          • glenbo

            >>”Those of you on the left believe in free speech unless someone disagrees with you”<<

            Why would anyone want to "disagree" with what you are saying?
            What is your message?

          • Spectrum

            glenbo is the manipulator here. It’s obvious.

        • Spectrum

          That’s an impressive list, Paul ! Well done. It will make a useful reference guide for citizens in each state to know who to boycott. You should try for a job with 2NDVote, you have talent !

  • glenbo

    Can an atheist use “conscience protection” to discriminate against people who are religious?
    Specifically Christians?
    And if you are a Christian, and an atheist business owner says: “Sorry, i don’t serve your kind,” are you okay with atheist owned organizations and businesses doing that?

    • Rhoda

      I’m fine with that, as a matter of fact I would prefer it. I don’t want my hard earned money supporting them anyway!

      • glenbo

        >>”I’m fine with that, as a matter of fact I would prefer it.”<>” I don’t want my hard earned money supporting them anyway!”<<

        Exactly what don't you want "supported?"
        Many atheists do many charitable things.

        • Wayne Johnson

          You cite stupid analogies. I would never support an atheist owned business and if they don’t like me then FINE. If your insane analogies ever came to pass then so be it. I will never consciously support an atheist owned business. They do not need to worry about me. If I know who they are they will never get a chance to “discriminate” against me. I will never be there for them to discriminate against.

          • glenbo

            >>” If I know who they are they will never get a chance to “discriminate” against me.”<<

            Suppose you didn't know the business you sought service from was atheist, and you happened to be wearing a cross and the owner said: "Sorry, I don't serve Christians."

            Would you accept that?
            Would you accept being fired from your job only because you are a Christian?

          • Wayne Johnson

            I could not careless. I would rather leave and spend my money where it is wanted. MANY people have already been fired for theirChristian ideology. Most of the time the firing is pretextual. No company will say that you are being fired because you are a Christian. If it happened, I have never heard of it. I have a
            So never heard of someone being fired for the stated reason of being gay. Normally, they are never hired in the first place.

          • glenbo

            >>” MANY people have already been fired for their Christian ideology.”<<

            Why would any company do this?
            And are you okay with this happening?

            Why are you so judgmental of atheists?

        • I was already fired specifically for my religious belief that human life has value. We already have to take our professional skills elsewhere, and your avg. lifespan is dropping. Are these things related?

          • glenbo

            >>”I was already fired specifically for my religious belief that human life has value.”<<

            Why do I find this impossible to believe?
            Nobody is or can be "fired for beliefs."
            We can only be fired for our behavior.

            Care to try to answer my question again?
            Are you okay with atheist business owners and landlords firing and evicting Christians ONLY because they are Christians?

          • Wayne Johnson

            Christians are fired for their THOUGHTS much less their speech. If someone on the left does not like your opinion they will fire you if possible. If not they will claim the insanity that Christian speech makes the feel “threatened”. Can you not read or watch the news? This just further proves that you only want to hear or read what YOU believe.Any other prof will only be denied by you because you do not like their source. I know because I have provided incontrovertible proof to people like you on several different occasions and I get the same nonsensical response of”I don’t believe your source”. There is no winning with you people.

          • glenbo

            >>”Christians are fired for their THOUGHTS much less their speech.”<>If not they will claim the insanity that Christian speech makes the feel “threatened”<<

            What exactly is this "Christian speech?" Does it offend anyone?

            Why are you so angry?

          • Wayne Johnson

            Morons like YOU make me angry because of your argumentative nonsense. You know that just being Christian is enough to incur the wrath and hatred of the leftists. They love “free speech” unless your position or “free speech” is not liked by the left morons. Please stop boring me to death with your nonstop ignorance and outright stupidity. You want to post nonstop comments just for the prurient interests only. We both know you are an insane person so please stop posting replies to me. I will report you and block you if you refuse to stop posting your nonsense back to me. Now GO AWAY!!!

          • glenbo

            >>”They love “free speech” unless your position or “free speech” is not liked by the left morons. “<<

            What would make someone not like your speech?
            Does your speech offend targeted people?

    • Paul Raymond

      Facebook and their guys are biased against conservatives and Christians all the time. Where have you been?

      • glenbo

        >>”Facebook and their guys are biased against conservatives and Christians all the time.”<<

        Why?
        What could conservatives and Christians possibly have done to offend anyone?

        • Wayne Johnson

          In whose world would you believe that Christians need to offend anyone to be treated shabbily? The fact that MOST Christians do not support the leftist agenda is all the reason they need. Christians do not have to “do” anything. The Facebook people assault them for their beliefs.

          • glenbo

            >>”The Facebook people assault them for their beliefs.”<<

            And for no other reason?
            That doesn't make any sense.
            People don't arbitrarily "assault" others unless provoked.

          • Wayne Johnson

            WYou are a very naive person. Facebook and other businesses like Pay Pal descrimnate and close accounts for no other reason then they do not like their speech.

          • glenbo

            >>”they do not like their speech.”<<

            What speech?
            Offensive speech?

          • Wayne Johnson

            What speech?You are a fool! ANY speech that disagrees with their nonsense. Who are you to say Christian speeches offensive.YOU offend me but you speak anyway. Your amble on about your nonsense and i could not care less. I will never stop you from spewing your insanities but those of you on the left want to spew your nonsense and kill anyone that disagrees with you.

          • Spectrum

            Ignore glenbo. He’s just a provocateur.

          • Wayne Johnson

            Thank you!! That is exactly the word I was looking for. Although idiot works as well.

          • glenbo

            Cognitive dissonance suck, doesn’t it, Wayne.

          • glenbo

            why are you so angry?

          • Skillet Chitlins

            Why indeed gentle glenbo?

          • glenbo

            Cognitive dissonance suck, doesn’t it.

          • Skillet Chitlins

            What speech?
            Offensive speech?
            glenbo speech?

          • glenbo

            What do you find offensive about my speech?
            Now is defending LGBT rights offensive?
            Is this the pot calling the kettle black?

          • Spectrum

            “….People don’t arbitrarily “assault” others unless provoked….”.

            When it comes to the left’s tactics, that shows how little you know.

            Or more likely you DO know, but are simply being mischievous. You’ve been on here before, haven’t you ?

          • glenbo

            >>”When it comes to the left’s tactics, that shows how little you know.”<<

            If your message is that all gay couples wanting to marry will intentionally target a Christian owned wedding caterer ONLY to cause him/her trouble, then it would have by now happened thousands of times.

            You have NO gay friends, do you.

          • Spectrum

            glenbo – “….If your message is that all gay couples wanting to marry will intentionally target a Christian owned wedding caterer ONLY to cause him/her trouble…”

            ( Okay I’ll take your bait. This will be the first and ONLY time I will do so, because as I said, you argue for the sake of arguing and are thus a tedious time waster.)

            I can’t believe you’re so uninformed. You don’t use the internet much, do you ? http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/courts-conclude-faith-loses-to-gay-demands/

            A notable example from that article ; ( quote ) “….In Texas, David and Edie Delmore own a bakery, and were approached by Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo about a cake for a “gay wedding. They declined, referring the potential customers to other bakers. According to a report, “Since then their home has been vandalized and their son has been threatened with rape by a broken beer bottle.” Julie Brown Patton reported for The Gospel Herald the attacks came right after a local newspaper reported the “gay” duo were publicly accusing them of discrimination. Edie reported, “Our son got a call where they threatened to burn our house down and violate him with a broken beer bottle. That was probably the worst….”

            But… look what happened when the REVERSE occurred as an experiment ;

            “….The case of Cut the Cake in Longwood, Florida, is a case where the bakery, which had advertised on LGBT sites, refused to sell a cake with a biblically based message on it. The cake had been requested by former pastor Joshua Feuerstein, who made a video of the exchange. He took it down when requested, but Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake later reposted. He had asked for a cake that said, “We do not support gay marriage.”

            Feuerstein said in the video, “For me, this is not about gay people; it’s about religious freedom.” He continued, “I wanted to see if it was actually a double standard; if a gay-friendly bakery and one that advertised themselves as so on pro-LGBT wedding sites, would actually bake a cake that went against their principles.” Feuerstein later told WESH 2 Television, “You know what, I actually believe that Cut the Cake has every right as an American to refuse to print that on a cake….”. ( end quote )

            What a telling and dramatic contrast in the attitude of the gay “couple” in the first story, and the former religious pastor in the second. Which do you think is the bigoted one ?

          • glenbo

            >>”Which do you think is the bigoted one ?”<<

            It's obvious who is the bigoted one:
            It's the one who says: "we don't serve your kind."

            You are using reverse projection to created a sense of "victimhood" for those who are discriminatory and bigoted.

            If you don't want trouble with the law, courts and lawsuits, don't violate anti-discrimination law.

            If you don't want to be disciplined or worse, loose your job, don't foster a divisive and hostile environment in the workplace.

            There is no reason to teach and preach an anti-gay attitude to one's co-workers. There is no reason to break anti-discrimination law and claim you are the victim.
            It's asinine.

            And yes, I do use the internet. Perhaps YOU can tell me why sweetcakes was fined $135,000.

          • Skillet Chitlins

            Aha glenbo is losing it!

          • Skillet Chitlins

            “People don’t arbitrarily “assault” others unless provoked.”

            Why not? glenbo does.

          • glenbo

            Why would you or anyone feel assaulted if you have done noting deserving of being assaulted?
            Defending the rights of LGBT people isn’t assaulting.
            Denying LGBT people rights IS an assault.
            Which do YOU do?

          • Skillet Chitlins

            Listen moron, I ridicule you, mock you, I provoke you with your own words and phrases, and I presume upon you to show you how you have been behaving toward others.

            What are you, a donkey, just braying to hear your own voice? Too stupid to recognize your own techniques when they are used towards you?

            Check your attitude at the door, learn to listen and for heavens sake learn some manners.

          • glenbo

            Oh, I LOVE you too!

    • The christian businesses were serving gay people, just not to the point of producing products to advocate gay marriage. Also, leftie businesses have been refusing all service to trump supporters, prolifers and other religious conservatives, and social media has been walling us off. So we will take our biz elsewhere and let the free market do its natural selection

      • glenbo

        >>”not to the point of producing products to advocate gay marriage”<>”leftie businesses have been refusing all service to trump supporters,”<<

        Evidence this is true? And how does one go about doing this? In other words, how does one know who supported who?

        And you didn't answer my question above. Care to try again?

        • Wayne Johnson

          Answer your question? Are you insane. Even with incontrovertible proof you would still say that it is wrong. I know your type. After providing proof you then say I don’t believe your source. Why? Because you don’t like the sources ideology. It is a waste of time to ever provide a person like you with proof. You just still deny it anyway. You have bought into your opinion and there is no amount of proof that will ever get you to admit otherwise.

          • glenbo

            >>” Even with incontrovertible proof you would still say that it is wrong.”<<

            Not so.
            I am a fact checker.
            Show me the facts, and I will concede to defeat.

          • Skillet Chitlins

            glenbo = narcissist, no point in any dialog in its direction.

          • glenbo

            Being factual is not narcissism.
            Are you manipulative?

        • Skillet Chitlins

          What do you mean by ….. aw nuts, shut up glenbo!

    • Niko

      Hey glenbo – Do you have any idea on what day, an atheist or lgbtq whatever filth and all other dirtbags as such (celebrate), hmmm, hmmm, wait for it – APRIL FOOLS DAY. Secondly, to answer your question, I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass if they deny me service, I’m a man with 2 balls (gender correct). I can think for myself , I stand straight and tall, I have morals and know the truth and the facts. I am not a libretarded snowflake, safe space seeking moron like more than half of the FOOLS in this once GREAT COUNTRY. Unbeknownst to most ,I have the right to judge, everyone, anyone has a right to discriminate against whoever the hell they want. Without being able to judge and discriminate how can I keep myself protected from filthy pigs and FOOLS and things that I know are disgusting and offensive…

      • glenbo

        >>”I’m a man with 2 balls (gender correct).”<<

        Are you a Christian?

        • Niko

          I am Greek Orthodox Christian. Born and raised !!!!!

          • glenbo

            I thought so.
            Why do you hate gay people?

          • Niko

            First, let me say, there is no way for you to be able to come to the conclusion “I thought so”. You very well know that. I also never mentioned the word hate or any reference close to it in my writings. Looks like your duracell battery is dying out, hahaha ( time for a recharge ) to see things clearly… The second sentence is you dishing out an ASSUMPTION…
            You have 3 groups:
            1st group – 10 lesbian couples
            2nd group – 10 fag couples
            3rd group – 10 heterosexual couples
            What do you have in each group in a 100 years? HMMmmm…
            1st group, you have nothing but dust and bones.
            2nd group, you have nothing but dust and bones.
            3rd group, ” low and behold” you have the underpinnings and the beginning of a small society that can and will grow – thanks to NATURAL LAW !!!!!. , which in turn is also morally correct and the same as Gods law.
            Right is Might :
            Always – think, say, do what’s Right
            Never- think, say, do what’s Wrong

          • glenbo

            >>”there is no way for you to be able to come to the conclusion “I thought so”.”<>” I also never mentioned the word hate”<>” you have the underpinnings and the beginning of a small society that can and will grow”<>” thanks to NATURAL LAW !!!!!.”<>” which in turn is also morally correct and the same as Gods law.”<<

            Owning slaves, murdering children and murdering sinners is NOT “morally correct.”

            Besides, I am not required to follow the tenets of your chosen religion (out of thousands) never mind the tenets of any other religion.

            And how interesting that you are okay with discrimination against Christians.

          • Skillet Chitlins

            What do you mean by that statement? or is glenbo finally full of himself beyond capacity?

          • glenbo

            >>”What do you mean by that statement?”<<

            Which statement specifically?
            That a Christian is okay with atheists discriminating against Christians?
            It means exactly what it says.
            Why shouldn't they be?
            What goes around comes around.
            You are not special or different just because you believe in a magical invisible imaginary entity that condones murder, rape and slavery and obsesses over what people do with their genitals.
            I'm not the one advocating for that.
            Niko is.

          • Skillet Chitlins

            What do you mean by that statement? to quote glenbo all over blazes!

          • glenbo

            >>>”What do you mean by that statement?”<“pigs and FOOLS “”disgusting and offensive and wrong”<

            So I want to know why he hates them.

          • Skillet Chitlins

            Blessing of the waters to you this season of the Epiphany.

        • Skillet Chitlins

          What do you mean by that statement? to quote a blogger of previous irritating retorts.

          • glenbo

            >>”What do you mean by that statement?”<“filth and all other dirtbags “<

            To do so is NOT Christian like.

  • glenbo

    From the above article, I quote:

    >>“While the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means the appellate court’s decision and H.B. 1523 stand, Lambda Legal is desperate to find a way to kill these protections for those who will not succumb to the left’s bullying. As soon as the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, Lambda Legal launched a search for any “victim” that can serve as an avenue for the next legal challenge to the law.”<>”If you have been discriminated against because of your pro-life stance, please read the information below and file a complaint with the federal government! I know what you’re thinking: nobody likes a complainer. But official complaints to the government under a pro-life administration can make a difference. Conscience rights for pro-life health care workers, pregnancy care centers, and employers offering health insurance are under unprecedented attack from pro-abortion state and local governments. For eight years, former President Obama’s administration turned a blind eye to these injustices, despite numerous federal laws protecting pro-life conscience rights… If you have had your conscience rights regarding abortion violated (as described above), please follow the tutorial below to file a federal civil rights complaint with HHS’ OCR online. If you know someone who had been affected, please forward this to them.”<<

    It seems like BOTH sides are looking for a “body count” of victims of social injustice.

    Why must the pot call the kettle black?

  • Sam Whittemore

    Take this one more step. If a cake artist can be forced to design a prohomosexyal design can a myslum actor/actress be forced to peform in a homosexual porn film? What is the difference?

    • glenbo

      >>”prohomosexyal design”<<

      Exactly what is a "prohomosexyal design?"

  • it is no vice
    to feel that warmth
    to welcome the rasping voice of hate
    into your soul
    may this forum be a portal
    to travel to a new phase
    of being – birthed in blood
    a sea of pain
    fear in the eyes
    of the other
    the not-like-us
    listen for the voice
    move your limbs
    tease your pudenda
    the right tool for the task
    will douse you with warm liquid
    red then black
    may blood fuel the becoming
    lurching, stumbling –
    a sea of death
    this is what your sad g-d wants
    is it not?
    death.