Last week, following the lead of two bi-partisan district attorneys, Better Georgia took a strong stand against religion as an excuse legislation.
Under the guise of protecting religious freedom, this bill would provide a new excuse for abusers and leave the fate of victims in the hands of activist judges.
Standing up for victims of child abuse and domestic violence shouldn’t be controversial, and it shouldn’t be partisan.
But paid pundits like Erick Erickson, out-of-state lobbyists like the ultra-conservative Family Research Council, and professional politicians aligned with the right-wing media machine, launched a coordinated, all-out attack on Better Georgia – all because we dared to stand up for children and families.
Today, we need your help to fight back against these baseless attacks. Your contribution of just $8 will help us stay in the fight and hold our lawmakers accountable.
To pass legislation that opens the door to discrimination, these right-wing activists will say anything.
They called us liars.
They said we should be ashamed of ourselves.
They even claimed we were “attacking Christians.”
Nothing could be further from the truth.
At Better Georgia, we strongly support religious freedom – a right that is foundational to our democracy and already protected by both the U.S. and Georgia constitutions.
But Georgia’s “religious freedom” legislation is even worse than we first thought.
Last week, the Macon Telegraph and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia fears that these bills could lead to “unending litigation” – all on the taxpayer’s dime.
Frankly, we’re shocked that the sponsors of the legislation, Sen. Josh McKoon and Rep. Sam Teasley, have ignored the concerns of District Attorneys, faith leaders, the Atlanta business community, legal scholars and local governments — all of whom see problems with their bills.
Why would anyone support passage of a law that could create endless, expensive litigation; open the door to discrimination; and make it harder to protect victims of child abuse and domestic violence?
The answer is we don’t know.
Sen. McKoon and Rep. Teasley have not explained what it is they hope religious believers in Georgia will be able to do if their bill becomes law.
Do they want to protect pharmacists who refuse to sell contraception to women?
Do they want to protect bakers who refuse to sell cakes to gay couples?
Do they want to protect parents who discipline their children by not “sparing the rod?”
Sen. McKoon and Rep. Teasley haven’t said.
It’s time for them to explain their intent.
Better Georgia can continue to push this debate but only with your help.
That’s why your contribution today can make the difference. Help us fight back.