Dear Gov. Pence,
As a former IN resident, and concerned Christian and constitutionalist, I have been watching with keen interest the news this week about the response to your state’s passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. For what it is worth, I am writing to encourage you to stand your ground against the forces that are aligned against you. The firestorm you are facing should come as no surprise, as it is created by forces in this culture that are maligned against the kind of religious freedom envisioned by the U.S. Constitution. Your opponents on this issue believe that religion convictions are fine, so long as they are kept private. They oppose those who would seek to act on their convictions in public. But their opposition is not principled; it is discriminatory, selective: it supports the expression of moral convictions based on religious beliefs that they agree with (for all moral convictions are manifestation of some kind of religious faith), but seeks to suppress those they do not. More grievously, they want to use the state to enforce their own convictions on the rest of us. They seek to trump the first freedoms of the Constution with a presumed freedom to act out one’s desires without having to worry about being judged or offended by anyone who disagrees with them.
So, please sir, take the patient and long view here. The opposition will soon fade but in the end you can rest assured that the citizens of Indiana will be freer in the truest sense of the word.