The Right Gets a Second Shot at the Culture Wars

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 26, 2018. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Don’t mess it up.




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t first blush, Indiana’s 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) seemed like an uncontroversial initiative. Nineteen other states had passed similar religious-freedom bills in previous years, largely without incident. But when the Hoosier State RFRA incurred the ire of LGBT activists and a left-leaning national media, powerful business interests began to threaten boycotts. In the face of that pressure, the Republican legislature and then-governor Mike Pence reversed course: Rather than protect the conscience rights of its religious population, Indiana went so far as to explicitly write sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) into state anti-discrimination law. The “fixed” RFRA sailed

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