Arkansas State Senator Can’t Decide Whether the “Religious Freedom” Bill He Sponsored Allows for Discrimination April 2, 2015

Arkansas State Senator Can’t Decide Whether the “Religious Freedom” Bill He Sponsored Allows for Discrimination

Yesterday, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester, the sponsor of the state’s “religious freedom” bill. And Tapper wanted to figure out what the bill does. It wasn’t quite the Gov. Mike Pence on This Week debacle, but Hester, instead of giving no answer, gave multiple conflicting answers.

Let me paraphrase the conversation for you:

Tapper: Does this bill allow for discrimination against LGBT people?

Hester: No, of course not.

Tapper: Can Christian bakers refuse to make cakes for gay weddings?

Hester: Yes.

Tapper: So they can discriminate?

Hester: No, of course not.

Tapper: Well, which is it?

Hester: Yes.

Amazing how Hester doesn’t see the inherent conflict in his double-speak.


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