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Christian Group Accuses Disney Of 'Declaring War On Religion'

When Disney threatened to boycott Georgia based on HB 757, Texas Values, a group advocating for "faith, family and freedom in the great state of Texas," called Disney "corporate bullies." They also accused Disney of "declaring war on religion."

HB 757 would have allowed pastors to refuse to marry a same-sex couple, and would have granted churches the right to refuse to rent or lease property for events it disagreed with on religious grounds. In addition, it would have allowed religious groups to fire or not hire employees based on qualities they thought did not fit their religion, such as homosexuality. The law would also apply to organizations like homeless shelters and adoption agencies.

On March 28, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia announced he would veto the bill, HB 757. His decision came after Disney and several other companies threatened to boycott the state. Many believed the bill would have cost the state, which offers tax breaks, cheap labor and has the third largest film industry in the nation, billions of dollars in lost business. Texas Values called the governor's decision "striking."

Texas Values said, “It’s clear that corporate giants like Apple, Disney, NCAA, Intel have finally come out of the closet and declared public war on the religious freedom of clergy and religious schools, as was the protection in Georgia’s very modest HB 757 that they worked to bring down. Will Disney now ban you from wearing a cross outside your shirt at their parks? Will a Catholic priest be forced to remove his white collar when he takes a picture with Mickey Mouse?"

Deal said, "Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people. And that is what we should want. I intend to do my part to keep it that way."

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