Another Georgia Republican group demands ‘religious liberty’ pledge

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

The Georgia GOP might have backed down on a “religious liberty” pledge for gubernatorial candidates, but another Republican outfit is taking it on as a cause.

The Georgia Republican Assembly, a more conservative shadow organization of the state GOP, is asking  gubernatorial candidates who will attend its Saturday meeting to sign the exact same “religious liberty” vow rejected by the state GOP executive committee on Saturday.

The group’s president, DeKalb activist Alex Johnson, wrote to candidates and their top aides Monday that the state party’s move was “unacceptable both to Republican voters and to voters at large.”

Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams have all signaled support for the legislation. And both Hill and Williams are set to attend the weekend conference. As we’ve noted before, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle – the presumptive GOP frontrunner – has a more nuanced position on the issue.

Insider’s note: This item was ripped from the Daily Jolt, which you can find here.

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Meg Stiles
Meg Stiles

Take your christianist religious bigotry and move to Iran!!

Katherine White
Katherine White

The Georgia Taliban, just wanting to spread hate. They need to be treated as a hate group as far as I'm concerned.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Sad but true. Culture Warriors will always need "The other"

Michael R Williams
Michael R Williams

Next thing you know, Grover Norqvist is going to ask them to sign a "No New Taxes" promise Like that'll happen! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Brenda Wheeler
Brenda Wheeler

Really! There is more business to be handled than to keep bringing up social issues that will never pass. The Constitution guarantees us freedom OF religion. If schools and governments would quit "caving" into the atheists who threaten constantly to sue over some monument or some other perceived insult, this could be stopped! Let them bring it on! The Supreme Court would not let them win.

Mary Bohanon
Mary Bohanon

hey crooks we don-t give a dam about religon

Kimberly Seman
Kimberly Seman

Republican's love to legislate their right to hate and bigotry! God does NOT PREACH HATE but the GOP and their President sure do. We are better then their HATE!

Craig Breadon Sr.
Craig Breadon Sr.

So libs are sick because they respect the constitution. \U0001f914

Katherine White
Katherine White

No it's because they hate anyone different from them. No one is suppose to infringe on their rights to hate.

Lashawna R. Rose
Lashawna R. Rose

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Scott Ard
Scott Ard

No the constitution guarantees religious liberty. It's the liberal that don't follow the constitution.

Beth Oliver
Beth Oliver

Exactly the Constitution guarantees it so why these "religious freedom" bills???

Terry Griffith
Terry Griffith

For the same reason that statutory laws exist for other Constitutional Rights. They "flesh out" what the Constitution frames.

Beth Oliver
Beth Oliver

Except Republicans only want it for their religion.

David Geary
David Geary

Beth, no we are just tired of having our freedoms trampled on by muslims, Gays, and anyone else. We just want the same considerations that they are getting

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

David Geary What freedoms have gays taken away from you? What freedoms have Muslims taken away from you, personally? Anyone else? I'm listening...

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Patricia Evans OH, BROTHER, YOU ARE SITTING ON THE SIDELINES AS BLIND AS A BAT ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR OWN COUNTRY LET ALONE THE REST OF THE WORLD.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Edwina just name the ways you as a Christian has had your rights denied or been discriminated against. If you can't stop covering up for your plan to legalize discrimination.

Beth Oliver
Beth Oliver

Republicans don't understand the Constitution.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Edwina McInnish Republicans want Christian sharia law, fundamentalist christianity is very similar to islam. ALL fundamentalists of any religion are dangerous, including those who want to make the U.S. a "christian" nation. Just remember, like the bumper sticker says, "the last time we mixed politics with religion, people were burned at the stake".

Katherine White
Katherine White

David Geary you have the same freedoms as everyone else. Do you not think that others feel the same as you? It's all part of live and let live. Life's not fair, get over it.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

The least Christian folks on the planet pushing crappy laws under the guise of religion. You'd think practicing Christians might speak up; instead, there are less religious folks every single day because decent folks aren't okay with this. #GoodWithoutGod

Capt Tom
Capt Tom

Don't forget it was one of Alex Johnson's GRA buddies, Nathaniel Darnell, who was behind the sleazy "Drain the GA Swamp" website and emails trashing the other chairman candidates. Guess we'll never know how 'hands on" Johnson's involvement was.

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

Should be interesting to see their response

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

I sure wish it was more like Jesus and "tolerant religious".

William Hopson
William Hopson

Face it. The Georgia Republican Assembly is full of people who want to be able to openly discriminate. Their fear is unfounded and they hope that the electorate in this state is to stupid to notice that they are being conned for votes.

David Geary
David Geary

You haven't got any clue what this bill is about. You're just repeating lies from the liberal left

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

David Geary Tell us what this bill is about then.

ColleenSanders
ColleenSanders

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Study Guide for the citizenship interview has this Question No. 10 in the "Principles of American Democracy" section: "What is freedom of religion?" The answer: "You can practice any religion or not practice a religion." For two decades, I've worked with immigrants who prepare for interviews. This Question-and-Answer has always been included in the Guide. Why isn't it sufficient for all those in public service?

Darid220
Darid220

It's done wonders for North Carolina's economy and national reputation.  Why not bring it here?

Cobbian
Cobbian

Alex Johnson, wrote to candidates and their top aides Monday that the state party’s move was “unacceptable both to Republican voters and to voters at large."


No, it isn't.  There are Republicans who want a more conservative government but do not accept the "religious liberty" bill.  This bill is based on nothing more substantive than the same reasoning that made discrimination against African Americans acceptable to white Americans.  There are Republicans who believe in liberty for all.  And who do not believe in legislating a right for those in commerce to discriminate against fellow citizens. 


This "religious liberty" is not conservatism - it is discrimination.  If we really want our market places to work for all then they must be free of discrimination against people whose skin color is different, whose religion is different, who speak with different accents, and who chose to love someone of the same gender.  Good grief, people, didn't we learn anything from the Civil Rights movement?  


One more thought.  Our children are wise enough to see this when we can't seem to.  This isn't even really Christian -  to treat others as pariahs.  This kind of action is not supported by the majority of people who are in their twenties and thirties.  We are creating a nightmare for our children to have to unwind.  



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