It all depends on interpretation whose ox is getting gored!

The instantaneous national flap over the Indiana General Assembly’s approval of a religious freedom statute (RFRA, or  Religious Freedom Restoration Act) was apparently caused single-handedly by a national gay rights group. The nasty power play by the group has caused leaders of every stripe to shudder in their collective boots.

That is not the way it is supposed to be in this democratic republic, but has, sadly, become the norm.

This blog is not about the ongoing Indiana RFRA situation. However, if you want to know the real truth of that matter, read this: .

What really bothers me, are the nearly militant minorities and organizations who deliberately split the citizens of this nation into groups. At one time, it was a matter of personal responsibility to belong to the Lions Club, Rotary, and the like. Good things for communities still come from these and similar organizations. Now, however, there are too many new splinter organizations that have cropped up with the sole purpose to demand and force their views, however inharmonious, on others. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the gay rights group are only two examples of organizations using every threatening means to promote their point of view.

Even the Congress is divided into fractional groups: The Black Caucus, the Green Caucus, the Tea Party Caucus, not to mention the divisive Democrat and Republican caucuses, and others created by lobbyists to advance particular causes.

Aided and abetted by a national press with few scruples regarding truthful reporting, these new groups use every social and public relations trick in the book to get their way. Merchants and businesses fear even a minor downturn in profits because of news reports about carefully crafted and twisted minor incidents blown out of proportion to create the desired result.

The recent flap over the Hoosier State’s law (patterned after the federal statute signed into law in the 90’s by Bill Clinton) only demonstrates what a few folks can do to disrupt commerce and the very lifeblood of this nation. It is fearsome, and should cause every citizen to sit up and take notice what is happening. Remember the two fellows dressed in black, standing with night sticks at a polling place a few years back. They did nothing but reinforce an intimidation toward voters that worked–news media flocked to the site, headlines screamed. Half-truths, supported by a vocal protest, will work wonders on politicians seeking re-election. Tell a lie often enough and it often becomes truth in the minds of an unknowing and uninformed general public.

Have we reached the point the loudest minority of whatever kind will dictate to the majority? I fear we have.

In all honesty, I do not take comfort in same-sex marriages, or same-sex sex. However, I do not launch a disingenuous campaign of fear to coerce others into my way of thinking.

Insofar as religion is concerned, I believe the area of personal faith should be totally hands off. The Constitution says government should butt out of religion. Period.That’s’ the way it should be. That’s my opinion. — D. C. ‘Dan’ LeeOxen