- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Glenn Beck said Monday that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is “doing a horrible job” defending the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act since he signed it into law last week, creating a political firestorm.

“I think Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is doing a horrible job defending this Religious Freedom Act,” Mr. Beck said in a tweet linking to remarks he made during his daily radio show.

“No one is for discrimination against anybody,” Mr. Beck said. “Let’s be really clear. I’m not for discrimination against gays. But I’m also not for discrimination against religious people. There comes a time when we all have to live together. There comes a time when we’re all going to have to accept that people are different and celebrate true diversity.”

The radio host argued that Mr. Pence is failing to articulate the argument that the bill isn’t designed to legalize discrimination, but to protect people who are truly religious from being forced to participate in a ceremony that violates their beliefs.

“This is the key here. You actually have to be religious. You can’t just be someone, I hate them gays. So I won’t do it. No, tell me a little about your religion. Because this is not a right to discriminate. This is a right that you have to protect your sensibility. You’re a conscientious objector,” Mr. Beck said.

“We just need to talk to the reasonable people on both sides. You don’t have a right to discriminate. If you’re coming into your bakery and want to buy a cupcake, I’m selling you a cupcake and I have to sell you a cupcake. If you’re coming in and asking me to participate in your ceremony, which is something against my religion, I need to kindly tell you, ‘I can’t do this. I’m really sorry. I just can’t do this. You may not want to be a customer with me anymore, but I hope that’s not true, because I don’t have anything wrong with you. I just can’t participate in your ceremony,’ ” Mr. Beck said, asking “What is the problem with that?”

Following widespread backlash from politicians, celebrities and businesses, Mr. Pence said Tuesday that he wants clarification to the new law on his desk this week.

“We will fix this, and we will move forward,” he said during a press conference in Indianapolis.

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