Stateside Indiana: Ridiculing and Speaking Out Against Bigotry

Mike Pence (R) Governor of Indiana

Mike Pence (R)
Governor of Indiana

By Elaine Magliaro

I’m am so happy to hear that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana “has come in for an extra heaping of scorn on social media” after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Curtis M. Wong (Huffington Post) said that the “legislation allows individuals and corporations to cite religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. Thus, business owners who don’t want to serve same-sex couples now have legal protection to deny service.”

Pence reportedly defended his actions in a speech following the signing of the bill. The Republican Governor of the Hoosier State said, “If I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it.”

Anyone believe that? Anyone???

The Internet Action Force (IAF) team mocked the state of Indiana in a “tongue-in-cheek” travel commercial. In the video, Indiana  is praised “for its world-class cities, sports teams and ‘Hoosier hospitality that makes everyone welcome, especially bigots.'”

Indiana Is A Great Place To Be A Bigot

Unfortunately for Pence, there are many people in this country who disagree with the Indiana governor. Tom Boggioni (Raw Story) said that some of those who disagree with Pence “expressed themselves bluntly” on his Twitter account. Here are a few examples:

“Enjoy your last term as Governor, you ass backward dipshit”

“Damn dude, you suck. Shielding bigotry in an artificial cloak of religion… you’re the Mississippi of the Midwest.”

“will bathrooms and water fountains be labeled straights only? How will we know?


Note to Governor Pence: You deserve all the ridicule and scorn that has been aimed at you.


‘Indiana Is A Great Place To Be A Bigot’ Spoofs State’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Huffington Post)

Twitter pounds Indiana’s Mike Pence: ‘Enjoy your last term as Governor, you ass backward dipsh*t’ (Raw Story)



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15 Responses to Stateside Indiana: Ridiculing and Speaking Out Against Bigotry

  1. Julie says:

    So, how are they gonna know if someone is gay? Ask them? Wear a special decoder ring? Improve their gaydar? Maybe the state will make gays wear pink triangles. Hmmm, that’s been done before…

  2. blouise17 says:

    I do believe it is important that we identify by name the Indiana State Senators who sponsored the bill making Indiana an official bigot welcoming state.

    Authored by Sen. Scott Schneider, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Sen. Brent Steele.
    Co-Authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, Sen. James Buck, Sen. Amanda Banks, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. James Smith, Sen. James Tomes, Sen. Greg Walker, Sen. Brent Waltz, Sen. Jean Leising.

    The legislation was approved by Indiana’s GOP-controlled House and Senate.

  3. Ingannie says:

    It would be great if some straight person attempted to impersonate a gay person, maybe acted a bit flamboyant, well dressed, lisp, all the ‘traits’ they assign someone they consider to be gay, then get regused service and reveal he’s a straight man. Then sue them. Yes it’s devious, but they deserve it, bigots that they are.

  4. swarthmoremom says: Clears the Arkansas senate and the republican governor says he will sign it.

  5. blouise17 says:


    Probably the only safe place to visit in Arkansas is the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.

  6. swarthmoremom says:

    Blouise, Arkansas has taken a hard turn to the right. I remember Fulbright and Bumpers.

  7. blouise says:

    I knew members of Bumper’s family but not him.

  8. Elaine M. says:

    John Fugelsang: Mike Pence should be grateful there isn’t a law prohibiting ‘serving fake Christian bigots’

    Appearing on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, popular comedian and Sirius XM radio host John Fugelsang piled on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), saying the governor should be “grateful there isn’t a law that prohibits businesses from serving fake Christian bigots.”

    Fugelsang’s comments came after the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law on Thursday by the embattled governor.

    “You know, being gay is natural, hating gays is a lifestyle choice,” Fugelsang told the host. “And Mike Pence should be very very grateful there isn’t a law that prohibits businesses from serving fake Christian bigots. Because, whether or not it’s discrimination — it’s up for debate, maybe, it certainly seems that way — what is not up for debate is that it is not Christian.”…

    Turning to the Christian community he described as “Bible-thumpers,” Fugelsang continued, “I’m waiting for the media to jump on about how this is un-Christian. It’s time to thump the Bible-thumpers with the Bible. If you want to have a government based on Christian values, that means you take care of the poor, you take care of the sick, you don’t start fights with people, you’re kind to those in jail, and you allow private charities have a bake sale to bail out Wall Street.”

  9. Elaine M. says:

    Mike Pence appeared on ABC’s “This Week” this morning to defend his decision to sign a controversial piece of legislation intended to protect religious liberties that critics say will enable discrimination in the state.

  10. Elaine M. says:

    Dems hammer Pence for posing with anti-LGBT activists while signing ‘religious freedom’ bill

    Indiana Democrats attacked Governor Mike Pence’s claims that the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not intended to discriminate against the LGBT community by pointing out — among other things — that those photographed with the governor after he signed the bill have long history of anti-LGBT activism.

    “The first thing you have to do when you have a problem is admit you have a problem,” Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane said. “You have to be able to be willing to set aside all the politics. But in the years I’ve been here, I’ve seen it — the radicalism of the right wing has taken over.”

    “In this case, that’s what happened. They need to do a reversal, a 180 on this, towards the path of healing the reputation of the state of Indiana.”

    A reporter asked if maybe there wasn’t a misunderstanding on the part of the public.

    “No,” House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath replied. “As a matter of fact, I would guess that companies like Apple have some very well-remunerated corporate attorneys who have vetted this. But we have to remember, before we even get to all the legalisms, that it’s moved beyond this. It’s about the image of our state.”

    “When this bill was signed, right over here in this very office, standing behind the governor was a mish-mash of every kind of anti-marriage-equality lobbyist that exists. If you read what they say [in support of] the bill, it becomes very clear that there is an intent to discriminate.”…

    He is standing with a number of people identified by GLAAD as being ardent opponents of LGBT rights, including Curt Smith, who equates homosexuality with bestiality and helped write the bill; Micah Clark, who believes homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be cured with therapy; and Eric Miller, who recently distributed flyers to churches that claimed pastors could be arrested for preaching against homosexuality.

    When asked by an Indianapolis Star reporter who the people he was being photographed were, Pence refused to identify them by name, stating only that they were “religious and faith leaders.”

  11. Carterbo says:

    So Jeb comes out in support of the Indiana governor. I assume this will be to the case toward the nomination with keeping the creatures in their swamp content, aka, the teapartiers.

  12. Carterbo says:

    My apologies for the horrific grammar. I need to read what’s typed on occasion. Geesh!

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