The hate speech will surely not stop and may even intensify now that Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a bill protecting the religious liberty of Tennessee counselors. Opponents of the measure will still lament, lambast and vilify, showing zero tolerance in demeaning those with whom they differ.
Haslam signed HB 1840, which the American Counseling Association and multiple gay rights groups called "Hate Bill 1840" in earlier denunciations of legislation that allows therapists to refer clients to other counselors when the patient's goals and desired outcomes conflict with the therapist's "sincerely held principles."
Mainstream media, whether unconsciously or intentionally, molded to the message of "hate." The Huffington Post wrote "Tennessee Passes Anti-LGBT Counseling Bill." The Hollywood Reporter headlined a story "Tennessee Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Counseling Bill Into Law." NPR, of course, accepted the language of the left: "Tennessee Enacts Law Letting Therapists Refuse Patients On Religious Grounds."
Notice a pattern?
Some very few outlets, to their credit, noted the law contains protections for both counselors and clients.