It's my understanding that some commerce groups are fretting over House Bill 1523, the religious freedom bill.
I would first like to ask how many of these gay rights activists and left-wing agitators from other parts of the country have ever vacationed in the great state of Mississippi prior to the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act? I thought they already didn't come because they don't like the state flag.
My own favorite place to vacation is the Gulf Coast of Alabama, but next time I head down, I'd like to come over and visit Beauvoir, Natchez and some of the Magnolia State's other attractions.
I would be happy to spend my tourist dollars in a state that protects its citizens' freedom of religion instead of trying to undermine it, and I believe there's a silent majority out there who would agree.
I applaud Gov. Phil Bryant for standing up to the national media and the gay lobby.
Ultimately, I don't think that Mississippi's economy will be any better or worse off because of this bill, but when all is said and done, the people of Mississippi will have more freedom because of it. The Chamber of Commerce should settle down because, just like the issue with the flag, this too shall pass.
I thank Gov. Bryant for his strength and leadership on this issue of freedom.