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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Vetoes Religious Liberty, Media Cheer Him On


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed religious freedom legislation similar to that adopted by the federal government and nearly half of the states, he announced. He says he would have accepted the legislation if it only protected pastors, but can’t countenance the protection of other religious adherents who are not clergy.

As with other religious freedom bills, Georgia’s had faced strong opposition from the media and corporations. The media, which tend to be ignorant, at best, of religious freedom, mischaracterized the bill as “anti-gay.” Corporations that manufacture or market their products in China, Saudi Arabia, and other locations with deadly human rights violations, claimed that they would boycott Georgia for protecting religious freedom.

News organizations used scare quotes to describe religious freedom, the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Here are a few examples.

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