-By John Dillon. John blogs at Pension Vocabulary.
This post from March of 2015 is a reminder of the bizarre political philosophies that drive dangerous characters like soon-to-be-named VP candidate Governor Pence of Indiana and their fellows in other states – like Illinois.
Governor Rauner’s “role model.”, according to Crain’s editorial board, is Mitch Daniels. He told them so in March of 2014. In addition, the private equity manager/governor of Illinois has hired the chief legal counsel from Indiana (Jason Barclay) in order to have the same man who whispered in Mitch Daniels’ ear murmuring in his.
Wisely, Rauner is circumspect in emulating his idol Daniels, now the president of Purdue University, where the past governor has been battled for his attempts to remove Howard Zinn’s works from the curriculum…and now, for too swiftly moving the university’s professorial staff into a standardized corporate style testing of students’ growth per year – one linked to performance measurements for them and teachers.
In the last week, Indiana passed into law a religious objections bill, one that has come with some rather unexpected opposition from corporations and businesses that realize isolating and then condemning a particular segment of a population is not wise fiscally (and, perhaps, morally?). That last concept eluded Governor Pence as he stumbled through explanations on the talk show circuits Sunday.
You might also remember that candidate Rauner was careful to avoid any response to the equal marriage law that passed in Illinois, although he later quietly admitted that he would have vetoed it.
His idol Daniels responds to the passage of last week’s Indiana’s religious objections bill just as ambiguously.
“Well, I’m not going to take any position on it, consistent with Purdue’s policy of not doing so in issues like this,” Daniels said. “You’re within your rights to ask the question, but not for me to answer.”
I haven’t seen any questions to our new Illinois governor on the subject of Indiana’s religious objections bill. The answers would be enlightening, but probably not unexpected.
The Indiana bill, signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Pence, will allow companies and services to refuse or decline doing business with individuals who “ask for materials or assistance” which the business might find objectionable on religious grounds.
On the other hand, it seems to me most fundamental religions contain so many taboos – from food, alcohol, associations, menstruation – that I can’t imagine myself able to shop or purchase services easily in my own little town in Illinois. But let’s be honest. This bill is not written for those exotic and esoteric religions in, of all places, Midwestern Indiana. It’s to keep those LGBT people outside.
“Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter praised the new law, saying it would give abortion opponents legal recourse if they are pressured to support the procedure. The organization circulated an online petition to thank Pence for signing the bill.”
It isn’t often that you find a government legislative body willing to provide the legal elements for one group of its citizenry to hate another, but welcome to the state that is “kickin’ our tail” – Indiana. The state Rauner emulates.