Hunter Baker is a university professor running a longshot campaign for the open congressional seat in the 8th District of Tennessee. He is very clear-eyed about his challenges. In explaining why he chose to run, a lot of it has to do with the gay left’s bullying, anti-American behavior. He cites the hate campaigns against Brendan Eich, Atlanta Fie Chief Kelvin Cochran, Christian florists and bakers, and the left’s all-out-war on Religious Freedom in general as his motivation.
When Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A affirmed traditional marriage, a media storm followed. Mayors of Boston and Chicago said the company shouldn’t be allowed to do business in their cities. But instead of leaving Chick-fil-A vulnerable, millions of people rallied to its support. A huge show of solidarity and the company’s simple dignity changed the story.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker tried to silence pastors in the city by issuing subpoenas demanding they turn over their sermons so they could be examined for any mention of a controversial local equal rights ordinance. The response was overwhelming against such a move. Parker backed down.
These two examples show we can stand up to those who demand conformity to the corporate/DC/Hollywood party line. We deserve to have rights of faith and conscience protected. But every time a Republican office holder runs scared, the task becomes that much harder. We need people in office who are able to offer a simple, reasoned defense of religious liberty.
I wish him well. Without him and people like him, the future is going to look like a pair of Birkenstocks tramping on a human face forever.