Have you ever heard of a band called “Wilco”?
Until yesterday I didn\’t know it existed. But now I do. The reason is that Wilco has proudly announced it has cancelled the Indianapolis stop on this year\’s national tour – a fact which has been excitedly reported by numerous media venues.
The reason for Wilco\’s cancellation is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by the Indiana legislature and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence last week. Wilco joins many other venues in dumping Indiana because this law, in their opinions, discriminates against gay and lesbian people.
Is this because they have read the law and come to their conclusion, or because they don\’t know squat about it but are reacting to the howls from activist groups and want to maintain their PC cred? I don\’t know. All I know is they\’ve cancelled Indianapolis.
With this in mind, I thought I would help these principled young men out, and point out the other stops on their national tour that are in one or another of the 19 states with RFRA legisation on the books:
-April 22 – Dallas, Texas
-April 23 – Houston, Texas
-April 24 – New Orleans, Louisiana (8PM)
-April 24 – New Orleans, Louisiana (midnight)
-April 26 – Orlando Florida
-April 28 – West Palm Beach, Florida
-Wednesday, April 29 – Memphis, Tennessee
-Friday, May 1 – St. Augustine, Florida (midnight)
-Friday, May 1 – St. Louis, Missouri (7PM)
-Friday, May 8 – Louisville, Kentucky (midnight)
-Friday, May 8 – Scottsdale, Arizona (7PM)
-Tuesday, July 14 – Kansas City, Missouri
-Wednesday, July 15 – Bridgeport, Connecticut
For the statisticians in the house, Wilco has a total of 19 tour dates….and, as you can see, 13 of them are in states with laws just like Indiana\’s.
I guess, for those dates, Wilco will just have to go back to its home base of Chicag….oh, wait. Illinois has RFRA legislation on the books too.
If the above information makes Wilco\’s gesture look pretty ridiculous, then you understand perfectly. And the members of this band are far from alone in looking that way.
Incidentally, if you want to read a really good commentary on RFRA, click here for David Brooks\’ op-ed in today\’s New York Times. He makes all the sense in the world.