Most likely Indiana will give in to the pressure at least to the point of adding provisions, which Fox News was congratulating other States for having, which make it clear homosexuals and various other sexual sinners can't be "discriminated" against because of their "sexual orientation". As the current Indiana law stands, a businessman could deny services to a homosexual based upon their religious convictions. Look for many homosexuals and other sexual sinners to target Christian businesses hoping to be denied service so they can get this into the courts. We know how the courts tend to lean and how the Leftists have used the courts to get their way (while the rest of the government has sat around and let them). Freedom of association was once considered a hallmark of liberty. Today it's considered bigoted, hateful, racist, homophobic, mean-spirited, even un-American!
Do you ever watch any short videos! Foreign policy between and among nations is most often complex and very much of what's going on isn't what we are told by our politicians and media. Today we are able to dig a little deeper than in past years, thanks to the internet which allows us to consider various points of view, what other nations are actually saying, some of what they are actually doing, what's going on behind the scenes in our own affairs, etc. Unfortunately, most folks don't avail themselves of such they simply accept what they hear coming from "their side" or they ignore it all. Were more people to pay attention they would notice a clear history of folks who raised alarms about the reality of things have been attacked, called conspiracy theorists, nutcases, and worse, yet time shows they were right and those denouncing them knew they were right but didn't want the truth known because it didn't fit their agenda. What's going on today is what's been going on throughout history, with government leaders lying to the people, doing dirty deeds behind the scenes, saying one thing, doing another, working to bring about the ends they desire at the expense of others. What's odd is some people don't want to believe their country is involved in such things as if their political leaders are above the influence of the world, the flesh and the devil. National leaders seek to control their populations, seek to control the flow of information, even as they seek to dominate some nations, influence some nations, use some nations, engage in alliances and wars for the sake of their world vision (whether good or bad). King Henry the 8th did this as did Napoleon, Lincoln, Russian Czars, and all nations and leaders with any power at all whether Japan or Spain, Canada or Argentina, whether "democracies" or dictatorships, communists or fascists, monarchies or any other form of government, people or nation. Only those directly involved fully know what's going on, at least on their end, and oftentimes not everyone in a government or alliance is privy to everything either. We can look back to WWII and see countless examples of all these things on the part of everyone involved. As long as the devil is running loose these things will continue.
This is more a question out of curiosity, but why do the "Like" counts on the side of our postings, Ukulelemike shows 2339 there, not agree with the All Time "Like" counts on the Home page where Ukulelemike shows 2327?
They sure are taking a lot of abuse from the media, including Fox News (which is very pro-homosexual). A local pastor is from Indiana and he's encountered a lot of hostility for speaking favorably of the bill (now signed into law). Most of the hostility is coming from folks in Indiana (online), with the vast majority of them being Christians. They equate the idea of someone not wanting to do business with homosexuals in a way that would at least seem to support their sin as being the same as denying blacks admittance to a business. On Fox News, just about a half hour ago, two "conservative" pundits were claiming they supported religious freedom while at the same time saying denying certain business services to homosexuals claiming religious reasons is basically a lie. The way they worded things it's as if a bakery refuses to make a homosexual wedding cake because of their religious convictions, those religious convictions are actually just a fake cover for their bigoted anti-homosexual wrong ideas. Yep, that was from "conservative" Fox News and two of their "conservative" contributors.
While the Constitution doesn't use the term "leaders", those elected to office are intended to be our servant leaders. It's through our vote that we elect certain people to represent us, in effect we grant them the power and authority to lead the nation for a specified length of time. There are legal means in place to effect the early outing of elected leaders which fail to properly represent their constituents. There is also the ballot box to replace ineffective leaders with new ones at scheduled intervals. There are also means in place for other elected officials to confront bad ones. If every citizen were the true leaders of the country then we would have a pure democracy and for anything to be done there would have to be massive community meetings of citizens voting on everything. As it is, the Founders rejected democracy as the worst form of government and instead chose to create a Republic where the people delegate authority to a small group of men to lead them for a time. Unfortunately, much of the Republic aspect has been lost, replaced with more of a democracy aspect, to the detriment of the nation. Indeed the elected leaders of our nation have gone against the Constitution, and do so now, but it's "we the people" who have not only allowed, but facilitated this process. While many Americans complain about the politicians and what they do, most often they turn around and reelect these same politicians back into office. Complaints are made about the poor choice of candidates yet rather than working to correct that, the people continue to settle for the poor choices and then complain those leaders poorly represent them...and then vote them back in next election. Washington warned of the dangers of party politics and his warnings have proven true. Two political Parties have been allowed to rise up and dominate American politics for about a hundred and fifty years now. Just as Washington warned of, these party politicians are more concerned with their own interests and the interests of their Party than they are the welfare of the nation or her people. We the people elect our leaders so in effect, we are getting what we asked for (as a people, not necessarily as individuals).
This is actually nothing new. The Shiite and Sunni have battled one another for centuries with each group joining with others of their group when it was convenient to battle the "lesser Muslims". For the moment, Israel should be pleased the Muslims have one another to distract them from focusing on Israel. Muslims fighting Muslims should, at least in the short term, be a plus for Israel. What the extended future will bring forth from this it's difficult for us to guess. Thankfully God knows and it will all be worked together as part of His plan. Scripture doesn't tell us to try and fit contemporary news into the prophetic puzzle or spend time wondering if this or that is the key to the final end times drama. Virtually all the end times prophecy stuff I read which looked at the contemporary news of the 70s and 80s and declared how they were Bible prophecy in action and the end of the end was at hand has been proven false. We know what Scripture says about that. God has ordained the end times and they will come to pass just as He determines and at the exact time He determines. We are called to be mindful we don't know when Christ will return, to be in a state of expectancy of His return, so as to be busy about the Father's business and growing in personal holiness so He finds us thus when He does return.
It may seem dark at the moment, but don't lose hope. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, keep moving and you'll get there. God won't abandon you; let God be your light. It may take some time, but in the end, everything will be alright.
I actually take my new place on that Board in January. The old Board had their final meeting recently and the next meeting will seat the new members; of which I am one. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers on this.