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Let Your Yes Be Yes

03/30/2015 01:12 am ET | Updated May 29, 2015
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Palm Sunday is the day that launches the holiest week in the Christian calendar. And while lots of the rest of us spent at least part of the day in church with palms and hymns and prayers, self-described born again Christian Indiana Governor Mike Pence was on television making Jesus look bad.

If you missed it, here's the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Clif Notes version of his interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos -- wherein he utterly refused to answer the yes or no question about whether the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" would allow discrimination against LGBT Indianans with either a yes or a no. Eight times.

Maybe Governor Pence missed it in Sunday School, but Jesus -- who said absolutely nothing about LGBT people anywhere ever -- actually had an opinion on answering yes or no questions. It's in Matthew 5:37 and it's really very simple. Jesus said, "Let your yes be yes and your no be no."

Jesus also had a strong and equally concise opinion on how you treat your neighbors. Love them as yourself. Period. No asterisk that said "*unless your neighbor is gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender" ... or anything else, for that matter. Love your neighbor: yes. Sign laws that discriminate against your neighbor: no.

Because you don't love your neighbors as yourself by writing, passing or signing laws that use religion as an excuse to discriminate against them ... unless you want to end up on television on Palm Sunday making Jesus look bad.