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Indiana's New Religious Freedom Law Is Worse Than No Law at All
By Jerry Newcombe
The Christian Post, April 8, 2015
Recently, we have seen many lies told in and about Indiana.
First, there was a noble attempt to ensure that religious freedom continue there---using the same template for a law passed in many other states and even signed at the federal level by Bill Clinton.
As a result of the falsely driven outrage and bullying tactics, Indiana has ended up with a worse law than if there had never been any attempt of change in the first place. The big lie was that the law, which was originally intended to protect people from having to violate their consciences, was designed to give Christians a license to discriminate against people.
This was a blatant falsehood. The law simply guaranteed that any state that would force someone to violate their constitutionally-protected religious conscience would have to show a compelling reason for doing so. Rob Schwarzwalder of the Family Research Council provides a great case for the original law.
What I find ironic about this entire brouhaha is that this is just a natural outworking of the sexual revolution, which in fact originally began in Indiana.
The sexual revolution was based on the "scientific" work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey of Indiana University. The reason I put scientific in quote-marks is because of his study samples. His studies were hopelessly flawed. His study samples were not random nor were they representative of the American population as a whole. But they were pawned off as such.
Don't take my word for it. Dr. Judith Reisman, now at Liberty University, wrote the book on Kinsey. Actually, she wrote several books on him and his flawed research, including, Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences. [Emphasis added]
Her research uncovered the fact that a sizeable percentage of the men whom Kinsey included in his survey (and from which he drew his conclusions) were prisoners, or people who had been abused as children.
I once asked her about this in an interview. She commented: "That is not a normal population. Nobody would call that a normal population from which to draw information about sexual behavior in the human male." Nor were his female study samples representative of American women as a whole.
Reisman added, "The crimes that Kinsey committed brought about massive consequences. When we look around us, we see the incredible problems that we have, for example, the rise in venereal diseases. When we see the rise in poverty, in crime, in sexual crime and pornographic addictions, massive sex addictions, we are looking at the consequences of Kinsey."
Sadly, America bought his lies hook, line, and sinker.
And so now we're in a place where religious freedom appears to be losing to the forces of sexual anarchy. It would seem as if virtually all the fronts in the culture war are connected to the sexual revolution in one way or another. Abortion and homosexuality certainly are.
Liberty Counsel of Orlando, Florida, founded by A Christian lawyer and culture warrior Mat Staver, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in reference to the Supreme Court's upcoming case on same-sex marriage.
In its brief, Liberty Counsel notes, "For the past 67 years, scholars, lawyers and judges have undertaken fundamental societal transformation by embracing Alfred Kinsey's statistically and scientifically fraudulent 'data' derived from serial child rapists, sex offenders, prisoners, prostitutes, pedophiles and pederasts."
They continue: "Now these same change agents, still covering up the fraudulent nature of the Kinsey 'data,' want this Court to utilize it to demolish the cornerstone of society, natural marriage."
The battle over same-sex marriage is just the latest front in the evolution of the sexual revolution.
Mat Staver once told me in an interview, "God's laws are designed to give us life and liberty. And so when the natural created order as well as the revealed Word of God, for example, when it talks about sexual activity outside of marriage between one man and one woman, it is designed to give us the optimum that God created us for."
He added, "If we try to push the limits and color outside the lines, we may think we're experiencing liberty, but ultimately we experience the very bondage that God is trying to protect us from."
Because of the widespread acceptance of Kinsey's lies, freedom of conscience is now at risk.
In light of the fact that Indiana University was Kinsey's honored home, it is ironic that this current battle over the protection of conscience rights began in Indiana.
When he was for the law, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said that tolerance is not a one-way street. I agree with him. But now it seems that it is a one-way street after all. In a nation founded by Christians seeking liberty, which they then extended to all, Christians are losing theirs.
Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library, a spokesman and cohost of Kennedy Classics.