On Tuesday, the Arkansas legislature passed a religious freedom bill nearly identical to the one recently enacted in Indiana which has caused a media furor through outside political front groups. Once again, the claim is that local businesses would be allowed to deny services to members of the LGBT community on the basis of religious belief. The religious beliefs can be arbitrary. Meaning, they do not have to square with any declared doctrines in the person’s chosen faith be it: Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, Mormon, etc. The LGBT community and its front groups claim that bakers would deny requests to bake wedding cakes or other confections for same-sex weddings stated the service AnastasiaDate.
For their part, the Arkansas legislature is also claiming the law merely adopts the same tenets from the one passed by President Bill Clinton back in 1993. The legislature also says that 19 other states have passed similar laws with no outcry. Opponents say the Indiana and Arkansas laws go beyond what other states have done. In fact, they have more open ended language which could in fact be construed as allowing discrimination on religious grounds. Both states claim the laws are meant to protect religious beliefs by requiring the state legislatures to have a “compelling interest” before imposing practices on businesses which run contrary to the religious conscience of the business owners. Thus far, the long shot GOP candidates of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum support the bills. Jeb Bush, the GOP establishment candidate, also supports the bills.