Wednesday, according to Nathaniel Blake: If The GOP’s Business Wing Wants Low Taxes, They’d Better Stop Sabotaging Social Conservatives. It is rather comical. What does he presume to do? Pray to the deity to raise taxes? Blake does, however, point out that there are fundamental differences between business leaders and conservative Christians. Blake doesn’t understand the dynamic. He just knows that it exists … and that makes Blake sad.

The Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party needs to stop stabbing the rest of us in the back. To take the latest example from here in flyover country, Missouri GOP megadonor David Humphreys tried to scuttle our state’s new abortion restrictions. Humphreys, who has been a GOP kingmaker in this state, waited until the last minute, then launched a pressure campaign urging Gov. Mike Parson to kill the bill.

Parson signed in the bill banning abortions at eight weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. Humphreys is the CEO of TAMKO Building Products, the nation’s largest roofing company, which has been owned by the Craig/Humphreys family since 1944.

As it stands today, Wednesday, Missouri is about 48 hours away from not having a state licensed abortion clinic. What Blake fails to realize is that abortion restrictions and anti-LGBT laws make it harder to attract the best talent. These measures also dissuade companies from relocating which takes a toll on the state’s economy.

Furthermore, measures like these are subjectively a violation of the Establishment Clause. The state is doing the bidding of religious conservatives and the Catholic Church. Missouri is even providing a tax incentive for what they call “pregnancy resource centers” which are strictly conservative Christian enterprises designed to dissuade women from having abortions.

The requisite transphobic BS:

… the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce boasts that its “diversity working group” “Played a key role in successfully opposing the passage of a RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] law in West Virginia.” In Texas and elsewhere, business Republicans have fought against bills that protect privacy rights by keeping males out of women’s spaces, and big business has applied enormous economic pressure to force girls to share showers, locker rooms, and other private spaces with males.

At this point the fundamentalists might believe their own bullshit. Anti-trans endeavors have nothing to do with bathrooms. That is just pretext. The existence of transgender people creates a conflict for scriptural literalists. The West Virginia RFRA would have provided what is commonly known as a license to discriminate based upon religious beliefs. Business loathes discrimination. It is a major disincentive for businesses and potential personnel to relocate to the state.

More importantly, Blake seems to think that it is perfectly reasonable to discriminate on the basis of religion. That thinking conflates service or employment with approval and everything in fundamentalist land is about approval or disapproval, otherwise known as shame. Shame is the principal lever to effect adherents’ compliance with the rules (dogma).

In the final analysis that awful florist is unreasonable. No one was forcing her to approve of gay people and no one was forcing her to wed someone of the same sex. She wanted some attention (which she got) and she wanted to demonstrate her disdain. The dignity of a gay couple was the sacrifice to her ego.

As for the protection of human life, many major corporations are enthusiastic supporters of the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood—which congressional Republicans never can manage to defund, despite repeatedly promising they will cut off the annual $500 million in federal funds the abortion chain receives.

The above is the usual bullshit. None of those federal funds pay for abortion. They are largely Medicaid reimbursements for exams and medical procedures. The right to choose is the law of the land. If Blake disapproves of abortion, for whatever reason, he can coerce his wife, if he has one, not to have the procedure. What would he do if Mrs. Blake got knocked up by the guy who mows the lawn who happens to be a person of color? Easy to answer in the abstract but a more difficult decision were it to really happen.

The country is changing and Mr. Blake cannot cope. We are becoming more secular for the most part while some red states are becoming more entrenched in religious conservatism. The trend, however, is pretty clear. Even religious younger voters favor equitable treatment of LGBT people. They have gay aunts, uncles, parents and cousins who are less afraid of being openly gay.

For the vast majority of my business career I was forced to remain in the closet. I actually had women friends pose as my date for corporate events. Those days are over — never to return

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.