Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) recently appeared on CNN and urged critics of Indiana’s religious “freedom” law to get a “perspective” and then he did what every Republican does to deflect the issue – he suggested that we compare the United States to Iran and then we’ll all see just how great we have it in America! Because gays aren’t executed here. Yay!
Cotton said, “I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective. In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”
See that, you gay people?? You need to just shut up and be thankful that you’re *only* discriminated against. Quit yer whinin’ and be happy you’re allowed to breathe!
Not only is Cotton’s logic completely RIDICULOUS, he isn’t even correct in his assertion that Indiana’s law mirrors the federal statute Bill Clinton signed in 1993. The Indiana state law, which permits bigotry and discrimination, is NOT THE SAME as the federal law. In fact, Indiana’s law has critical differences
From Think Progress:
There are several important differences in the Indiana bill but the most striking is Section 9. Under that section, a “person” (which under the law includes not only an individual but also any organization, partnership, LLC, corporation, company, firm, church, religious society, or other entity) whose “exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened” can use the law as “a claim or defense… regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.”
A diverse range of individuals and corporations have criticized the Indiana law as well as the original Arkansas bill, including NASCAR, Walmart and the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, and many others.
Republicans can try and spin this any way they want – but they will lose because the majority of Americans see right past their bullshit.