Tolerance For Me. Not For Thee.

Last week, singer Elton John took to the pages of the Atlanta Journal Constitution to encourage the Georgia House of Representatives to oppose S.B. 129, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

Elton John claims that Georgia would be “turning its back on tolerance” if it chose to protect the consciences of people of faith.

Simply put, this bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It promises religious freedom, but let’s be clear: No one’s religious freedom is at risk! Both the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution very explicitly protect this right.

What SB 129 will really do is institutionalize the hate some people hold in their hearts against other people. It will turn back the clock on the progress we have made — not only in the fight against HIV, but also in the struggle for a more equal and just society.

The first of those paragraphs is flat out wrong. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood were not saved from the Obamacare abortion mandate by the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment. They were only saved by the federal RFRA law, which Georgia does not have.

The second paragraph is pretty damn hypocritical given this news. The fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana have come out against gay marriage and “rent-a-wombs.” Who is leading the charge to boycott them?

The singer Elton John joined leading gay rights groups in calling for a boycott of fashion house Dolce & Gabbana on Sunday, as comments by one of the celebrated Italian design duo about fertility treatment were labelled “archaic” and “deeply insulting”.

Got that? Elton John who is demanding tolerance in Georgia is demanding a boycott of views he opposes.

He wants tolerance for his views, but not for faithful adherents of religion. His editorial in the AJC is flat out hypocrisy and his actions prove people of religious conviction need protection for a state that might easily turn against them.