Mississippi governor Phil Bryant speaking at the FRC sponsored ‘Watchmen on the Wall’ conference, a group of Christians that focus on trying to ‘shape public policy and informed civic activism’, this weekend has said that he would rather be crucified then to repeal hateful anti-LGBT+ laws.
The new law, House Bill 1523, was introduced in April by Bryant, and allows people to discriminate against members of the LGBT+ community, or those believed to be members of the LGBT+ community.
Whilst similar to other anti-LGBT+ laws in America, the bill in Mississippi allows people to discriminate based on sexual orientation in ‘any employment related decision’ and ‘any decision concerning the sale, rental, occupancy of a dwelling’ as long as it is based upon ‘sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction’.
Despite massive backlash over HB1523, which is considered by many activist to be one of the worst discrimination laws in America, Bryant has refused to back down over the issue on several occasions, claiming that it is his right as a Christian to be able to discriminate against members of the LGBT+ community, and that preventing him to do so is persecuting him. I can only assume the irony of believing not being allowed to discriminate against others is discriminating him is lost upon him.
Speaking at the ‘Watchmen on the Wall’ conference, where he was joined by members of the anti-LGBT+ hate group Family Research Council, Bryant has said that he would rather die than repeal the law.
‘Do they think we will simply abandon that?’ He said, referring to HB1523. ‘They don’t know us very well do they? They don’t know that Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages. They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So if we are going to stand, now is the time and the place.’