As I’ve watched the recent fiasco in Indiana play out over the past few days, I couldn’t help but think of the old Chinese proverb; “If you have to do something incredibly stupid, it is best not to do it when everyone is watching”. Several States have passed similar, clumsily written laws whose sole intent is to win the votes of religious conservatives, but nobody paid any attention because they didn’t do it while their State was hosting one of the most watched sporting events in the country.
Indiana had the entire year to pass this law, yet they waited until army of journalists descended on Indianapolis to cover the NCAA Final Four and the only time of the year when anyone pays any attention to anything that happens in Indiana. A few weeks later and they could have banned blasphemy and nobody would have noticed.
Hasn’t anyone told the governor that most media types tend to be socially liberal? Did he think that all these journalists who are expected to crank out an article a day for their employers in exchange for their free hotel, airfare, and admission, would somehow ignore that new law? Governor Mike Pence is learning that journalists with deadlines and no job security can be a dangerous things.
Until this week, most people thought of Indiana as a quiet place filled with people really good at basketball and stealing car manufacturing facilities from Michigan. Now they are known as a bunch of homophobic hicks terrified at the prospect of one day being forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding. The governor was apparently still considering a run for President, but by signing that bill into law he instantly transformed himself into a less famous Rick Santorum. Good luck with that Mike.