This morning, news wires are live with the news that Walmart’s CEO, Doug McMillon, more or less told the governor of Arkansas not to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act just passed by the Arkansas state legislature. Â Publicly. Â On Twitter. Â The law is similar to the one passed and signed last week in Indiana and those in a score of other states.
Walmart is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Just like the media firestorm over the Indiana law this past weekend, the lesbian-gay lobby has latched onto the part of the act that says business owners can refuse to do business with whomever they want for whatever reason they want. Â That would mean that any service provider – baker, florist, dressmaker, venue owner, musician – can use religious objection to not engage in commerce with people who participate in same-sex coupling ceremonies. Â McMillon believes that reinforcing the rights of the business owners would counter-act the spirit of inclusion in his companyÂ and the state of Arkansas:
â€œEvery day in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve. It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillion said in a statement on Twitter. “Todayâ€™s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold.”
With those words, McMillon joins the movement of various corporate CEOs and governors of states where the religious freedom act efforts have not resulted in legislation in publicly shaming those who stand up for the rights of Americans who do not join the exuberance of “gay marriage.” Â For the most part, the people who object to the idea are doing so on the basis of religious belief, which, at its core, is based on Natural Law – marriage is the joining of a man and a woman.
The irony of Mr. McMillon’s statement, that he stresses the rights of the individual while stepping on individual rights, seems to be lost on the proponents of the entire argument.
At this time, there are mass boycotts being organized against states that have passed religious restoration acts in legislatures. Those who disagree with natural law and traditional social order seek to get their way via ostracization of those who do. Â Thus, the modern American “spirit of inclusion” at work.
Side note from a church musician to the service providers: your plate is full, regardless of religious objections. Â No opening that day, the venue is booked, you’re swamped, you have other plans…no need to surrender or go out of business.