In response to Indiana’s passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a pro-abortion Democrat is reaching out to opponents of the law through his Facebook.
Those who sign up will receive a free button which reads “NY where everyone is welcome.” From the post:
Everyone is welcome in New York. Show your support by signing up and we will send you an “Everyone is Welcome” button that you can wear with pride.
While media focus on the law has been on homosexuality, which Indiana’s law does not even mention, it is also worth mentioning that state RFRAs may help protect pro-lifers as well, as pointed out by Indiana Right to Life president Mike Fichter.
What is most troubling about this issue and the button is Governor Cuomo’s hypocrisy. The irony would almost be laughable if it were not dealing with the fundamental freedom of religious liberty.
I’m of course referring to Cuomo’s statements from early last year. The governor is so set on pandering to certain groups that is at the expense of others who have every right to reside in the state.
In reference to Republicans in the State Senate:
Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.
Andrew Cuomo may lead the state, but it takes some nerve–and not the right kind–to say has a place in the state, and who New Yorkers are. For a state that prides itself on such tenants as diversity, equality, and tolerance, it’s not doing such a good idea of making people feel welcome.
It’s also saddening that the governor has such an interest in the rights of some New Yorkers, but shows no care or concern for the preborn.
In fact, the New York Assembly just late last month passed a bill which allows a woman to abort her child through a shot of poison which is injected into the baby’s heart. And, a woman can abort their children up until birth for reasons “relevant to the well-being of the patient,” which can include any reason a woman would seek for having an abortion in the first place. Thus, New York is proof that women can abort throughout all nine months, until birth, for any reason.
And, in a state which already has had disproportionately high abortion numbers, with particularly high numbers for blacks, Cuomo sought to actually expand late-term abortion through a provision in his Women’s Equality Act, which has yet to pass.
Surely with such statements and actions, it is clear that not everyone is welcome in New York. Governor Cuomo may believe he is supporting “equality,” but until all New Yorkers are welcomed, including those not yet born, his efforts fall short.