Center for Arizona Policy: A Good and Balanced Law

By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy

Many of you likely watched the scene unfold in Indiana last month where supporters of religious freedom sought to pass a fairly simple law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

The scene was eerily similar to what played out here in Arizona with the CAP-supported SB 1062. Ignoring the facts, opponents of religious freedom falsely claimed that the bill would allow individuals to have a license to do pretty much anything, all in the name of their free exercise of religion. Or in other words, they wrongly tried to say religious freedom would become the equivalent of Monopoly’s “Get Out of Jail Free Card.”

Yet what was lost in the debate, both here in Arizona and in Indiana is the reality of how these laws actually operate in a court-setting and in real life. They don’t provide a license to do whatever illegal activity somebody wants to do. Rather, they provide the court with a well-established and longstanding legal balancing test for analyzing competing interests.

To provide some background, Arizona has had a state-version of RFRA since 1999, and a nearly identical federal law has been in place since 1993. More than 20 states also have state RFRAs.

In a nutshell, RFRA ensures the government cannot force someone to violate their religious convictions unless the government meets a strict legal test. For the strict legal test, the government must show it has a really good reason for the law and that the law is narrowly tailored to achieve that objective. If the government does that, then the RFRA defense fails and the government law or action stands.

Although Indiana’s original version of RFRA was heavily amended after big business bullied the governor and legislature, the remaining law is still set to take effect on July 1, 2015.

This brings us to a recent story out of Indiana and a perfect example of how RFRA works. Calling his newly formed church the First Church of Cannabis, founder Bill Levin plans to break the law and openly smoke marijuana. If he is cited or arrested, he says he will claim Indiana’s RFRA for protection.

Unfortunately for Mr. Levin, this same ploy was attempted in Arizona already, and Arizona’s RFRA operated just like it’s supposed to.

In 2005, Danny Hardesty was arrested for possession of marijuana, and in court he claimed that the use of marijuana was a sacrament of his church, the Church of Cognizance. This case reached the Arizona Supreme Court in 2009, and in a unanimous ruling the Court ruled against Hardesty.

Even assuming Hardesty had a truly sincere religious belief to smoke marijuana, the Court found that the government has a good reason to prohibit marijuana use (the fact that it poses a real threat to individual health and social welfare, in addition to the public safety concern posed by unlimited use, particularly by those driving motor vehicles), and that “no less restrictive alternative [ ] would serve the State’s compelling public safety interests and still excuse the conduct for which Hardesty was tried and convicted.”

So there you go, RFRA is not a “Get Out of Jail Free Card,” and it does not provide a license to do whatever illegal activity someone wants. Rather, it is a time-tested and just law that allows for courts to acknowledge when the government overreaches and burdens someone’s free exercise of religion, and to balance that against the reasons for the government action.

Please watch for the launch of the 3rd edition of The Policy Pages later this fall, which will include a brief devoted solely to explaining how laws like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act work.


I’m watching the Final Four on Saturday. March Madness is nearing an end.

Time out. Michigan State’s basketball coach needs to slow Duke’s momentum and talk it over with his ball club. Reload on the chips and salsa and sit back for a couple minutes. Relax.

Here’s the commercial message: it’s a photo of two men … with two small  children between them. Then the video rolls, showing … one man seated feeding a baby bottled milk and … the other man leans over and kisses the child on the forehead. The screen goes blue … with a small print message: “we serve everyone … Honey Maid.” It’s a perfect, idyllic family.

And that’s not all. Later …

Now there’s a commercial showing an effeminate man in a convertible. He’s wearing a white shirt, tie, and polka-dot underwear — in a public place. In the next moment he is out of the car … walking … with a purse over his arm, just as women do.

And the message is:

Corporate America is solidly lined up on the side of hedonism … against people of faith … against biblical values. Corporations are so afraid of the homosexual pressure groups that they’re tripping over one another trying to show they are on the board with the homosexual agenda. Corporations like Nike, Honey Maid, Walmart, and countless others are exploiting the media-manufactured “crisis” of Indiana and the Left’s attack on religious freedom.

If it’s big, if it’s corporate … it’s on the wrong side of America’s Christian heritage. Corporations are also afraid of protests, boycotts and militant homosexual activism. Homosexual pressure groups created a climate of fear among corporations and small business, and now their homophobia is prompting them to march along like good soldiers with the agenda.

It’s a form of corporate cultural smog. Author David Kupelian characterizes it as “The Marketing of Evil” in his 2005 book:

“Likewise, most of us mistakenly believe the ‘abortion rights’ and ‘gay rights’ movements were spontaneous, grassroots uprisings of neglected or persecuted minorities wanting to breathe free. Few people realize America was actually ‘sold’ on abortion thanks to an audacious public relations campaign that relied on fantastic lies and fabrications. Or that the ‘gay rights’ movement – which transformed America’s former view of homosexuals as self-destructive human beings into their current status as victims and cultural heroes – faithfully followed an in-depth, phased plan laid out by professional Harvard-trained marketers.

Anyone who doesn’t go along with the corporate homophobia, i.e. Brenda Eich (fired by Firefox for supporting California’s Prop 8 marriage amendment) and other victims are viciously maligned and thrown overboard as if they were “Jim Crow” himself.

We saw this in full bloom last year when the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and local media sheep went along lockstep with homosexual pressure groups to defeat a reasonable amendment to Arizona’s religious protection law.

Kupelian describes this phenomenon as “a program of unabashed propaganda, firmly grounded in long-established principles of marketing and advertising.” Homosexual activists and their fearful accomplices in the corporate and media realms worked to force …

Acceptance of homosexual culture into the mainstream, to silence opposition, and ultimately to convert American society.

This is happening before our very eyes. It’s getting to the point where you can’t watch a basketball game with your family and think you can escape the saturation of marketing. As far as the Honey Maid commercial, here’s what is happening:

The activists and media are changing what people actually think and feel by breaking their current negative associations with our cause and replacing them with positive associations.

By using the term “gay rights,” Kupelian writes, and persuading politicians and the media to adopt this terminology, activists seeking to transform America have framed the terms of the debate in their favor almost before the contest begins. (And in public relations warfare, he who frames the terms of the debate almost always wins. The abortion rights movement has prevailed in that war precisely because it succeeded, early on, in framing the debate as a question, not of abortion, but of choice. The abortion vanguard correctly anticipated that it would be far easier to defend an abstract, positive-sounding idea like choice than the unrestricted slaughter of unborn babies.)

But what about rampant anonymous, disease-plagued homosexual behavior?

How do you sell middle America on those five hundred sex partners and weird sexual practices? Just don’t talk about it. Rather, look and act as normal as possible for the camera.

So what can you do?

Resist. Stand strong in your faith. Speak up with courage, not just when the flash fires break out in Arizona and Indiana. Hold firm to your beliefs. The marketing of evil is evil, and it cannot stand the test of time. Pass this message to your family and friends and help them understand the lies and the deception being force-fed into the culture, creating cultural smog and marketing evil.

Rush: Such Great News Out of Indiana

RUSH: Such great news out of Indiana. Memories Pizza shut down by a mob of probably 10 to 15, maybe at the outside 20 people, who have found a way to make themselves look like they are thousands. Not just thousands of people, but angry, outraged, and they happen to represent the majority of Americans, don’t you know. That’s BS squared.

Ten to 15 people toying around with algorithms available on Twitter that they actually created with the assistance of people that know Twitter well, and they’re able to create tweets, Facebook posts, e-mails to make it look like thousands of Americans are outraged at this harmless, barely even noticeable little pizza shop in a town of 2,000.

And, again, the story, ladies and gentlemen, is not that an infobabe from an obscure ABC affiliate in South Bend has to leave South Bend 20 miles away, go knocking on doors shopping for bigotry, and finally they open the door and a young woman who is a devout Christian is there. She thinks there’s a media person at the door who wants to really know what she thinks.

She’s like everybody else with their first encounter with the media. Why, there’s the media. There’s a camera, a microphone, some guy holding it up, and there’s the really pretty reporterette, and they must really want to know what I think. They must really be concerned with what I think. This young woman had no idea that what walked into her pizzeria was effectively the media mafia. She had no idea that the only reason they walked in that door was to find a way to destroy their business.

Nope. Instead, well, here comes this nice media woman, and she’s asking me questions, and I know they want to know the truth, and so I’m gonna answer their questions honestly. She told them that she had never been asked to serve a gay wedding or cater one, but that if she were to be asked she wouldn’t do it because she opposes gay marriage.

And so the honest, upstanding little reporterette from the obscure ABC affiliate, Channel 57, how obscure can you get, Channel 57. If it weren’t for cable nobody’d be able to pick up that signal, 57 UHF, you’d have to be in an airplane 10,000 feet above it to get the signal straight up. Channel 57?

Anyway, she’s in the store, and she’s got this naive but just brazenly honest young Christian pizzeria owner telling her the truth and the apparently harmless infobabe from the obscure Channel 57 ABC affiliate in South Bend salivates. A-ha! I’ve been knocking on doors for two days looking for a stupid idiot, and I finally found one. She thought she was looking squarely at devil bigot in the case of this young woman, Crystal O’Connor.

So she got Crystal O’Connor on tape, and then she walks out and gleefully applauds, can’t believe her good luck, all of her hard work knocking on doors looking for a bigot. And after 20 miles and who knows how many hours, she found one, and she’s thinking, this is my ticket out of the obscure Channel 57 in South Bend. If I can destroy this woman, maybe I’ll get noticed by the big network honchos in New York. She proceeded to report this little pizza shop, Memories Pizza, a home of open bigots, racists, homophobes, wouldn’t serve a gay wedding even though they’d never been asked.

They had never denied. They had never been asked to do so. It had never happened. A totally made-up circumstance becomes the news of the day, but the real story is that in five minutes thousands of people want to burn the place down? Thousands, most of them not even in Indiana, want to burn the place down, want to burn Crystal O’Connor at the stake, want to make sure that pizza shop never, ever reopens. In five to 10 minutes thousands of insane lunatics, which are actually no more than 10 to 15 insane lunatics, that’s the real story.

So, some people decide to help out and set up a donation fund at the When this program started yesterday they had raised $140,000 and I think their original goal was a hundred grand, then it became 200 grand. The last time I checked was about, let’s see here, yep, about a half hour ago, 35 minutes ago, $546,842 pledged to the Memories Pizza shop and the O’Connor family.

They have now said they’re going to reopen and they’re going to remodel and they’re gonna be bigger and better than ever, and the deadline for donations I think goes all the way ’til the end of business today. You can still help ’em out if you want to. I think it’d be great. I really do.


RUSH: As I was saying, I think it would just be fabulous if this GoFundMe donation number hit three-quarters of a million dollars. Right now, it’s even more than I thought. It’s $556,125. A total of about 19,000 people have donated in one day. Let me tell you: It’s 19,000 people versus 10 or 15 that have caused all this trouble, and I am not exaggerating, folks. The 10 or 15 are the original number. They might have added to that by now because the left has plenty of hangers-on that will join the circus.

But the original set of tweets and outrage and anger, I guarantee you came from 10 to 15 people. And that’s the one that counts. We’re talking about people viscerally upset by the news by a pizzeria that had never, ever catered a gay wedding would not. I’m telling you, you do not live in a country where the majority of people who hear that news are gonna lose their cookies, become outrageously indignant, and try to put that company out of busy. We have not become that country yet.

They want you to think we have, but we have not. It takes a concerted effort rooted in lies and fraud and deceit sponsored by 10 people paid for by George Soros and Media Matters to gin something like this up and to make you get dispirited and depressed, and think that you are vastly overwhelmed and outnumbered. You are not. We’re talking about a minority that’s not even 5% of the population here. Eighty percent of this country claims to be Christian, which is its own interesting little factoid given what’s happening here. But that’s for another discussion.

It’s I didn’t even give the Web address yesterday, and still you people went from $140,000 to over half million dollars. It’s And they’re at $556,000. Just ram it down these people’s throats. Get them up to $750,000!


RUSH: But the GoFundMe campaign here for the Memories Pizza shop. Folks, this is all the evidence that you need that you have not lost your country.  We’re up to almost 19,000 people who have given to people you don’t even know. They’ve given over $600,000, ’cause they see what’s happening to them.  They were not bothering anybody.  They’re in a town of 2,000 people.

They’re a little pizza store, not bothering anybody, not threatening anybody, not doing anything but just living and breathing and trying to serve their community.  The next thing you know, they are the focus of evil in a bigoted, homophobic country?  Not so fast!  The people of this country are rising up.  By the way, this is not the first time for this.

There was an African-American arts and crafts store owner who had her store totally destroyed in one of the riots in another fake news story, “hands up, don’t shoot,” in Ferguson, Missouri.  A GoFundMe account was set up, and that woman raised donations from people — white people — all over America, far more than she needed to rebuild and reopen her store.  So it’s still your same old righteous, God-fearing, God-loving country.  And that is what so angers this small malcontent minority on the left.

They have found a trick way to make themselves appear to be much larger than they really are, and don’t doubt me on this.  We’ve investigated it because they’ve come after us — and they continue to come after us and our sponsors — for years now.  We’ve researched them. We know their names.  We know who the 10 people are in our case.  We know where they live.  We know the algorithm they’re using.

We know exactly how they make this happen.  So don’t doubt me on this.  If they can do it in one area, they can do it in any other area. I think all this stuff that happens, all these Twitter explosions, are fake.  You have got to trust that.  You have not lost your country.  We have not lost our country.  Now it’s true we’re in a defensive posture. We sit around and mind our business, and when we’re attacked and assaulted we do on occasion stand up and defend ourselves.

We are very absent political leadership in Washington.  That’s also true, and I’m not saying that this is not a problem.  It is.  I’m just telling you that if you’re running around thinking, “Oh, my gosh, we’ve lost the country,” we haven’t.  Don’t think that.  Breitbart has a story today — NewsBusters has carried it as well — that the pizza store was asking for it.  Breitbart: “Memories Pizza is an explicitly Christian business, which is probably what drew reporters in the first place. The store is festooned with religious sayings including this:

“‘Every day before we open the store, we gather and pray together. If there is something you would like us to pray for, just write it down and drop it in the box and we will pray for you.'” Well, those hateful bastards! How dare they! Do you realize that’s a direct assault? That’s a direct assault from a majority bunch of Christians on people who aren’t!  That’s hateful (in the cockeyed, perverted world of the left).  Not only is that hateful, it’s threatening.

Offering to pray for the godless?

Who do they think they are!

So this obscure reporterette from the obscure Channel 57 in South Bend, Indiana, probably didn’t have to hear anything from Crystal O’Connor. They just had to go and see that sign and say, “A-ha! I’ve got a Christian bigot here.  Why this hateful Christian bigot wants to pray for me?  Ha-ha.  What a bunch of idiots.” And then she thought that, “Well, I’m in this pizzeria and they want to pray for me?  I am surrounded by hate!” That is the perverted way they look at it.

Daily Caller: “Salon: Pizzeria Closed After Death Threats ‘Getting Exactly What It Deserved.'” says this pizzeria getting death threats deserves it — and now there are threats to burn it down!  There are tweets from people asking to be joined in a mission to go to Indiana, find this place, and burn it to the ground.  Salon is applauding this, saying the pizzeria is “getting exactly what it deserved.”  The tweet, by the way, is now deleted.

“Salon’s Twitter account gloated over the closure of ‘anti-LGBT’ pizza shop: “‘That anti-LGBT pizza shop in Indiana is getting exactly what it deserves.'” I think, frankly, I agree with them now: Over a half million dollars in donations. Memories Pizza is getting exactly what they deserve, an uprising and outpouring of support and love from a majority of the American people who are outraged at these never-ending, incessant attacks on decent, good people who threaten nobody.  Some leftist dingbats have even threatened to steal the GoFundMe money.

There are people on Twitter who are hatching plans to figure out how to rob them of this money.  I’m not kidding it.  NewsBusters has a roundup: “A tweeted wish to organize a group to burn the store down… A separate threat to the GoFundMe organizer who has a [sic] orchestrated a campaign which has raised over [$500,000] … and, to top it off, another threat, by someone who now laughably claims he was hacked, to steal from the O’Connors the money that has been raised.”

People who have publicly encouraged donations to this GoFundMe account are also now being personally threatened.  We are to believe that this is justified? The Drive-By Media tells us that this family, the O’Connor family, is “getting exactly what it deserves”? Threats to burn down the pizza store, threats to rob them of the GoFundMe money? They deserve it? This is exactly what they deserve?

There’s a political party, folks, that inspires and encourages this hate.  There’s a political party that rewards it.  There’s a political party that encourages it and claims that it will be rewarded, and that’s the Democrat Party.  These are not Republicans doing this; these are not conservatives doing this.  The people doing this are not the backbone of America.
The people engaged in this sick, perverted behavior, are not in any way, shape, manner, or form the people upon whose backs this country was built.  Admittedly so.  They’re trying to tear it down.  They’re outraged.  I just think it’s fantastic.  I love all of you who have donated.  This is such a great statement.  Over half a million dollars. I’m sure it’s higher than that now.  It was $556,000 about a half hour ago go.


RUSH: A couple of sound bites from Crystal O’Connor. This is last night with Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. Cavuto said, “You plan to open any time soon? You think it’s not worth it, too much grief, too many threats, too much nastiness? What are you gonna do?”

O’CONNOR: No. We have decided that we will reopen again.


O’CONNOR: When? We’re not sure. I mean, I’m still shaken over this, and I’ll be the one that’s serving the customers and answering phones, and I’m not ready to face that yet, but it will be soon.

RUSH: Wow, she really sounds like a hateful person, doesn’t she? Oh, man. I don’t know if I’d walk in that store. This woman sounds like geesh, send me off to the ovens or something, man, oh, man, do you believe how hateful this woman sounds, how mean-spirited? You could just hear the bigotry dripping from her voice there, couldn’t you? I’m being facetious. Snerdley thinks, “You better be careful here. People are gonna believe you.” No, no, no, no, no. I’m being facetious here.

This is one of the most harmless human beings on this planet. That’s the point. In terms of representing a threat to anybody, Crystal O’Connor, Memories Pizzeria offering to pray for anybody in trouble? Hateful bastards. How dare they. Cavuto then said, “Well, were you surprised that you got a lot of outrage? You also got a lot of support. You’re getting donations from sympathetic people who thought you were getting maligned. What’d you think of all of that?”

O’CONNOR: We are very thankful. And we’re not doing it — it was never about the money. It was for our belief. And it’s a blessing. And God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe and not denying Him.

RUSH: Of course it was never about the money. They had no idea this was gonna happen. This innocent looking infobabe walks in, and I’m sure Crystal O’Connor thought, “I have a chance to tell the truth, the media, they want to know the truth; the media is here to find out what I really think.” That’s the biggest learning experience. That story was already written and finalized before that reporterette walked in the door.

All she needed to do was to get that young woman to admit she believed in God, and that was it, go back to the studio and broadcast that they found a bigot in Walkerton, Indiana. And this is why this law is outrageous, because it’s gonna allow this bigot to deny pizzas to gay people at their weddings. When you look at this for what it really is, it’s just simply outrageous.

Okay, to the phones. We’re gonna start in Spring, Texas, with Jimmy. Great to have you, sir. You’re up first. It’s a big responsibility, being the first call of Open Line Friday. You kind of set the tone for everything that follows.

CALLER: Yes, sir, Rush, it is. And given that this weekend is opening day in baseball, I take my responsibility even more seriously.

RUSH: There you go. I appreciate somebody who gets it.

CALLER: Rush, listen. The logic of the left is that people who believe in gay marriage are now a majority, which would then in place make us the minorities. And so, look, Rush, you know, I didn’t decide to become conservative. I was born this way. And, you know, what I do behind closed doors in the voting booth —

RUSH: Wait a second. Are you telling me you didn’t choose conservatism?

CALLER: I did not choose conservatism, Rush. I was born this way. And so now that I’m the minority, where are my protections?

RUSH: So you mean you love conservatism, and it’s nobody’s business who you love?

CALLER: That’s exactly right. I love conservatism, Rush.

RUSH: Wow. So now you’re finding yourself in the minority but you’ve got no rights?

CALLER: Exactly. And I need someone to stand up and speak for me.

RUSH: Yeah. Yeah, I see that. I see your conundrum. I see your dilemma, your problem. You started the day as a member of the evil majority, then you learned because you were born conservative that you’re in the minority, and now nobody’s protecting your rights as a minority, and you don’t know what to do. You need a spokesman. What a horrible position to be in.

You know, if I were you, I would protest the founding of the country and pledge to overthrow it ’cause it’s unfair to people who’ve been born conservative. And I’d start attacking the religions of the left: global warming, militant environmentalism as a whole, that’s what I would do. You gotta get back at ’em. They’re discriminating against you. They’re trying to make you think they’ve become the majority. I get his point. The truth of the matter is, he’s not in the minority. Anyway, that’s a great old-fashioned way of making the point here, illustrating absurdity by being absurd. Thank you, Jimmy.

Mary in La Crescent, Minnesota. Next up you are. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello. Great to hear from you. I just really appreciate what you’re doing with the Memories Pizza and we’re here making pecan pies and my husband will come home and have a lovely meal this evening. And our anniversary is in August, and my daughter and I thought it would be the best place to go for anniversaries and honeymoons just to go to the Memories Pizza shop and celebrate with people who appreciate our union.

RUSH: Now, that’s an interesting take, a destination for your anniversary or your honeymoon.

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: Memories Pizza, Walkerton, Indiana.

CALLER: That’s correct. It’s wonderful the outpouring of people helping them. It’s just like voting, is to send money to ’em, but to keep that going and to actually have people coming and visiting.

RUSH: Well, it’s a great affirmation. We’re up now over 20,000 people have donated. God bless them, 20,000 people. And that number is ratcheting up even as we speak. (interruption) Okay, 622? Up to $622,000 now. We opened the program at 556. So people, all kinds of people are rallying here, and it’s a great illustration of — I hate to be redundant, but I guess to make the point. I run into a lot of people who think culturally we’ve lost the country and that there’s no hope in getting it back.

I find a lot of people who think that we are so deep in it now that the only way it’s ever gonna get fixed is for the descent into utter and pure depravity to continue to the point that it envelopes everybody and at some point there’s an uprising and a refusal to live that way and the reversal begins and a return to, quote, unquote, righteousness. I don’t mean it in a religious sense. I just mean it in a return to morality. Because people are of the opinion that there is no opinion maker, there’s no politician, there’s no issue that can come along that can arrest this plunge into depravity. That it’s gonna have to pretty much envelop everything to the point that people refuse to live this way anymore and be its own reform or its own corrective measure.

The only thing I say to those people, I understand. The media will make anybody think that. The pop culture media, the news media, every day, if you expose yourself to it, there’s no way you’re gonna think anything other than you’re losing everything you believe in. Everything you believe is being swamped and thumped and whatever else, and there’s no hope of fixing it.

So you’re gonna retreat and you’ll try to live your life as best and well as you can within your own little confines and universe and hoping and praying that something comes along that you have no power to do yourself or control over that reverses it. And I’m here to tell you you’ve not lost it yet.


Ladies and gentlemen, in the midst of all of this debauchery and depravity that seems to be captivating, capturing, overtaking, overwhelming our culture, and there’s no question it’s on the march — by the way, I need to make one thing explicitly clear only because I don’t want to be misunderstood here. I do not believe that, for example, every gay person or couple in this country is a militant leftist that is derangedly unhappy and miserable and is participating in all of this.

I think these are leftists first. They are leftists, they are far left-wing loons engaging in all of this. And I think one of the sad things is that all of homosexuality is being implicated and impugned by these people’s actions. And I know for a fact, I know plenty of gay people that are just as repulsed by all of this as you and I are.

So I don’t want anybody confused here as to what they’re hearing on this program. As is always the case, as has always been the case it, the culprits in our eyes are leftists. I don’t care what else they are, it is leftists, it is deranged left-wing radicals who are behind all of this. Some of them may be gay, some of them may be African-American, some of them may be Hispanic, Latino, I don’t care, it doesn’t matter. It is their ideology that’s driving them. It is their unhappiness and their misery that is driving them, and it is by no means inclusive of everybody that’s in a supposed group that is offended, outraged, or what have you. These are just malcontents, and they come from all walks of life. I just wanted to make that clear.

And, by the way, it works in reverse. Over the course of this program I’ve come across websites, as you know, that I like and I have touted some. I’ve touted some websites, tech blogs, you name it. I’ve touted ’em because people have asked me, “What site are you talking about? I’d like to go look at it. You claim it’s good.” So I give the web address and so forth, and I praise them and compliment them.

I can’t tell you the number of times that the people that run those websites, when they have been liberal, have been public about not wanting my support, about not appreciating my recommending their work or their website, and asking people who have come to their website after having heard about it from me to never come back.

Now, how is that any different than all of these people claiming that they are victims of bigotry, that they are victims of hate, and what other phobias there are out there. See, the point is that here you have, just to use the Memories Pizza as an example. If they don’t serve and if they don’t behave exactly the way the militant left thinks they should behave, they become a target for destruction and they are told that they are not allowed to be judgmental and they are not allowed to discriminate. They must serve everybody, anybody, any day, right?

Okay. Fine and dandy. Well, you would think, then, that leftist proprietors of websites that I have happened to recommend would not then be able to discriminate against people who have come to visit their website because I have recommended it. Yes, I could give you names, but I’m not going to because I don’t want to tout them. Why give them any more publicity? Why let them puff themselves up even more? That’s not the point.

The point is, there are many websites that I didn’t even know, didn’t care, it didn’t matter whether they were liberals or not. The thing I got from their website has nothing to do with politics. I thought it was interesting and people would say, “What are some of these sites?” I’d list them and people would go and when they turned out to be run by the left or people or a person who was liberal, they’d get righteously indignant and they publicly stated they didn’t appreciate any traffic brought to their site by me. They openly told people that were visiting their site: “If you’ve been sent here by Rush Limbaugh, we’d prefer you not come back.”

Well, how come they can do that? Why do they get to discriminate, or try to discriminate, with nobody thinking they’re mean, nobody thinking they’re bigoted, nobody thinking they’re discriminating? No, no, no. It’s a valid point. Yeah, I would love to give you a couple names, but believe me, that would just give them more publicity. That’s not the desired result of this.


This is Sissy in Wilmington, North Carolina. Great to have you on the program. Hi.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Hi. How are you today?

RUSH: Very good. Thank you.

CALLER: I just wanted to know if we have any hope for our country. I was reading the Limbaugh Letter, your article about surrounded by ignorance, and every single right we have is being eroded. These young people don’t have a clue, and I’ve been listening to you since 1988, and you always give me confidence that things can get better. But now, can it? Should we just move to an island now or shoot ourselves now?

RUSH: No. I know exactly what you’re going through, because, honestly, I ask myself this more often than you would know, because I’m curious too. You know, I would love to be able to know for sure where the people in this country are. I see all this stuff about the ignorance of the Millennials and naivete of the low-information crowd and all of this. And I even report on and write about in the Limbaugh Letter the slow dissolution of our rights, slowly but surely, some of them dramatic, some of them barely visible, and I conclude like everybody else, it does look bleak.

But then I look around and I see signs, where it is that people live that make this country work. They’re not falling for it. You look at the 2010 midterm and the 2014 midterm election returns, look at the turnout, look at the election returns. The people of this country, when there’s not a presidential turnout with all of the fake union and minority turnout of a presidential year, people of this country are speaking. They’re letting it be known. They’re just absent leadership, Sissy.

Republican leaders don’t know what to do in the middle of all this. And that’s why somebody, I think, who comes along who can articulate the opposite of what’s happening, do it in a charismatic and persuasive way, I think the people, even the so-called ignorant Millennials, I think people would erupt in rabid, massive support for that candidate. So, yeah, I think it’s not gone by a long shot. But it doesn’t look like that in the daily dose of media, I know.


So we were at $550,000 that had to be donated when the program started and I just casually said it’d be great to get this up to a quarter of a million dollars by the end of the program, and we’re up 148 grand now since the program started. And it’s interesting, you look at this and we’re up now to 23,600 people, and most of the donations are five bucks, 10 bucks, $25.

It’s just fabulous, it’s heartwarming, all these people rallying to the cause. And I want to stress to you again what this is about, and it’s made clear by the fact that Steven Crowder, comedienne, Fox News contributor, goes on into a Muslim bakery in Dearbornistan, says, “I’m gay, I’m getting married. I want to have a wedding and I want you guys to make a cake.”

“No, not here. You go down street to –” and the Muslim bakery gave him some other places to go. And so he called the media, “Hey, I just walked into a Muslim bakery there in Dearbornistan and they will not bake a cake for my gay wedding,” and the media went (yawning), “What’s that?”

“I just walked into a Muslim bakery and they will not bake a cake for my gay wedding.”

“Oh, it’s too bad, feel really bad for you.” Proving this isn’t about what everybody wants you to think it’s about. This is not about expanding gay rights. It’s not about discrimination against gays, because there isn’t any. There wasn’t any in Indiana. That’s the whole point. The discrimination, if there was any, was against Christians. Hence, they wrote that bill.

But it’s not about discrimination. It’s not about gay rights, civil rights. This is about usurping power. It’s a power grab. This is about using force and intimidation and threats to usurp the power of a majority and the people trying to wrest that power, take that power, are militant leftists, and they’re not just gays. Militant leftists come in all stripes. It’s not all gay people that are fit to be tied over this. That’s another thing to point out.

So, anyway, the people of America have rallied to this pizza store in Walkerton, Indiana, town of 2,000, that was shut down because some infobabe from a TV station in South Bend, Channel 57, was out bigot shopping, knocking on doors, “Hey, are you a bigot? I need a bigot for a TV series I’m doing.”

“Sorry, I’m not a bigot.”

“Okay, thanks.” Keep walking down the street, and finally the reporter said, “I’m not gonna ask ’em if they’re a bigot. I’m gonna ask ’em if they’d serve a gay wedding, and the first person says no, bammo, I got my story.” They walked in, they found Crystal O’Connor at Memories Pizza. She thought the infobabe was seeking the truth, and answered her questions honestly, and we’ve found our bigot. Five minutes later, tens of thousands of supposedly outraged, angry Americans are threatening the pizzeria, and they had to shut it down because of the fear of threats.

So the GoFundMe effort is a response on the part of average, ordinary, everyday Americans to defend this assault and attempt to usurp power. I just love seeing this. I think it’s just great because it is dwarfing the effort made to harm this pizzeria. (interruption) Really, it hit over 700? Let refresh it and see what the number is out there. You’re right, $700,181 buckos. So it’s important, folks, because again, this is the last thing I’m gonna say about it and move on. The original response from the supposed militants on the left outraged at this pizzeria, it’s 10 to 15 people.

Do not doubt me. Ten to 15 people that start tweeting and they found an algorithm thta makes their tweets look like it’s coming from tens of thousands of people. The media fall for that and they think the entire country is reacting in outrage to this discriminatory little pizza shop. And it’s all fake. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was fake. This is fake. It’s all fake news and it’s all fake reaction. And fake has become reality for the Drive-By Media.

Now, if you divide the number of contributors, which is about 23,624 into 700,000, we’ve got a rough average amount of just under 30 bucks. The average donation to the Memories Pizza GoFundMe fund is just under 30 bucks. Fantastic. So thanks again to all of you who have helped to make this outpouring possible.


RUSH:  We almost did it, we almost got the $750,000. We got to 742 by show close, which is a mere 30 seconds from now.  We’ll surpass it within mere moments anyway, so thanks to everybody participating in the gofundme/ effort, and have a great Easter, have a great weekend, ladies and gentlemen.

Forget the Media Lies; Here’s what Really Happened in Indiana

Family Research Council: The Ind. of the Road for Religious Freedom

Indiana is more than the “crossroads of America” — it’s the crossroads of the entire religious liberty debate. The Left made sure of that, fabricating all kinds of baseless outrage over the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). What started out as a harmless affirmation of the First Amendment turned into a blow-up of national proportions — with “truth optional” journalism leading the way.

Unfortunately for Governor Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the hysteria started well before last Thursday, when he officially inked the bill into law. Instead, the Left’s propaganda machine has been out in full force all month, working to deceive people into believing that this measure will somehow give Christians the ability to “discriminate.”

Nothing, Governor Pence said Sunday, could be further from the truth. “There’s been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and about its intention all over the Internet. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been on the books for more than 20 years. It does not apply to disputes between individuals unless government action is involved. And in point of fact, in more than two decades, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never been used to undermine anti-discrimination laws in this country.”

Like most states, Indiana doesn’t think the federal or state governments should force Americans to violate their faith. Is that controversial? The media seems to think so. They believe — as the President does — that surrendering your beliefs is just the price of doing business.

“Is tolerance a two-way street or not?” Governor Pence fired back on ABC’s “This Week.” “There’s a lot of talk about tolerance in this country today having to do with people on the Left,” Pence said. “But here Indiana steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in our state, and this avalanche of intolerance that has been poured on our state is just outrageous.”

Meanwhile, companies from Angie’s List to the NCAA are either intent on strong-arming Christians or too lazy to get the facts, because both are threatening to pull out of Indiana if it won’t allow the bullying of believers to continue. But here’s the irony: if these companies refuse to do business with people who protect religious liberty, then they’ll have to stop doing business with the federal government — because thanks to President Bill Clinton, it has the same law! In fact, the legislation was such a political no-brainer in 1993 that it had only three dissenters in all of Congress. Now, after 22 years, we’re supposed to believe that it’s suddenly turned into a weapon for prejudice?

As President Clinton himself said, “(O)ne of the reasons (the Founders) worked so hard to get the First Amendment into the Bill of Rights at the head of the class is that they well understood what could happen to this country, how both religion and Government could be perverted if there were not some space created and some protection provided. They knew that religion helps to give our people the character without which a democracy cannot survive. They knew that there needed to be a space of freedom between Government and people of faith that otherwise Government might usurp.”

And usurp it, government has. We’ve watched with horror as Christian bakers lose their shops over same-sex “weddings,” Catholic nuns are forced to sue for the right not to cover birth control, and Mormon policemen are fired for not doing enough to celebrate gay pride. Times have changed, shrugged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. In not so many words, he argued that the government’s interest in religious liberty was “so 20 years ago.” When reporters brought up the Democrats’ support for RFRAs (including state senator Barack Obama’s!), Earnest fired back, “If you have to go back two decades to try to justify something that you’re doing today, it may raise some questions about the wisdom of what you’re doing.”

It is true that under President Obama, religious liberty is a thing of the past. But thank goodness states like Indiana aren’t content to keep it that way. We stand with them — and any state — determined to treat Christians and other people of faith with the same tolerance the Left demands for itself.