Actor and liberal activist Harvey Fierstein tweeted: "There is no reason to pass a law like that other than to discriminate. They want the government to tell them they're not wrong to be bigots." and "How dare Indiana use the word FREEDOM in their law to institutionalize bigotry & hatred? The passage of that hate bill is UN-AMERICAN!"
Larry King tweeted: "Indiana's anti-gay 'Religious Freedom' bill signed by Gov. Pence is absurd & insulting. This is 2015. Ridiculous."
Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn't discriminate against ppl bc of who they love"
And even Montel Williams chimed in with : "When will conservatives like Mike Pence figure out discriminating against #lgbt under the guise of faith is REALLY bad politics?"
Ay-yi-yi! Where shall I start? Mr. Williams, I greatly admire your intelligence and I honor you for your service to our country in both the Marine Corps and the Navy, but you have a lot to learn about politics. Politicians must appeal to majorities, and Mike Pence is appealing to the 49 in every 50 Americans who are not queer.
He is appealing to the vast majority of Americans who find it appalling that a thriving family business in Washington was targeted and driven out of business for refusing to bake a wedding cake for two lesbians – at a time when queer "marriage" was not even legal in the State of Washington.
Mike Pence is appealing to the Americans who stood in lines three blocks long outside Chick Fil A restaurants on August 1st 2012 to show their support for Dan Cathy when the sodomy lobby threatened his First Amendment rights. Mike Pence is appealing to the core values of America, and I'd call that darn good politics, Montel.
Hillary? Eh. You love yourself too much to even know what it's like to love someone else, which is why Bill plays around so much.
Larry King, we are very much aware that this is 2015, and we don't like it. We want to go back to 1955, before Johnson created the welfare class, before the Carter-Clinton-Obama puppet Presidencies, and before America was reduced to a dystopia of Fascism, economic despair, and moral relativism. If you like 2015, stay here. America is moving forward to the past.
And Mr. Fierstein, yes, we dare use the word FREEDOM in a law designed – not to "institutionalize bigotry and hatred" – but to protect the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of Americans from the institutionalized bigotry and hatred of the national queer coalition. And the passage of this bill to prevent the hate seething in that coalition from ruining the lives and destroying the livelihoods of American citizens is very much PRO-AMERICAN.
No one in America has the right to persecute Christians or any other group for their beliefs. The right of Christians to practice their faith trumps the trumped up ersatz right of queers to harass them. The tragedy is that, in America today, we need to pass a law to enforce that basic right.