Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum, recently claimed that a proposed bill in his state would allow people to share their Christian faith, when it would actually tie the state goverment's hands and not allow it to stop anti-gay discrimination.
Mills was giving an interview to Stuart Shepard of CitizenLink, a political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, this week when Shepard asked him what issues pastors were concerned about in Louisiana (video below).
Right now, the biggest threat is this whole religous expression threat. You know, Stuart, since I've been observing this for the last two or three decades, we've watched "Under God" and the pledge and "In God We Trust," the national motto, the Ten Commandments, the whole question as to whether you can proselytize your faith when you're delivering relief services overseas, and now the whole question has come down to can you hold a natural view of marriage and still co-exist with a public square that doesn't share that view.
We see these as threats against any and all religious expression. And we know that the whole precipice behind the Gospel is to communicate the truth. Matthew 28 is the great commission, "Go ye therefore and tell," and that is literally what's in the crosshairs, whether or not that's going to be a Constitutionally-allowed action and we feel like we need to speak to that issue and we're attempting to do that with The Marriage And Conscience Act, House Bill 707, by representative Mike Johnson down at the capitol right now.
However, H.B. 707 is not about sharing the Christian faith to convert someone, but is rather a different version of Indiana's controversial law that (originally) allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people based on religious beliefs.
KSLA notes that H. B. 707 "would prevent adverse treatment by the state of any person or entity on the basis of views they may hold with regard to the institution of marriage."
The Shreveport Times reported, "Bill proponents — including its author Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier City — say the legislation is necessary to protect the religious beliefs of people who hold moral opposition to certain types of marriages, including gay marriage."
"...So what’s to love about this bill?"
"Not much, unless Louisiana wants to line up with the likes of Indiana and Arkansas, states struggling with their public images after embracing similar legislation. Much of the public interprets such legislation as mean-spirited, an effort to marginalize a minority — gay people — while styling traditional Christians as oppressed."