In early 1991, Curt Smith hired me to serve in the push place of work of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN). He was my manager for more than three several years, working in harness for one particular of the finest gentlemen to provide in the Senate in modern memory.
Curt is a gracious, delicate-spoken guy who has a deep enjoy for individuals. He was client with me as I grew in my position and has been a pal for, now, nearly a quarter of a century.
He is also a fully commited follower of Jesus Christ who, whilst operating for the prestigious law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, also served as head of the Indiana Household Institute. Now, thanks to his support for Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s first religious liberty bill, Curt has dropped his work. As Indianapolis’s Want-Tv set tells it:
Until finally very last week Smith was the director of community coverage at the Taft Law organization. One of its most significant customers is Cummins, the Columbus based motor company that was a top opponent of the religious independence law. Some thing experienced to give … (By) final week Smith was in the middle of a specialist changeover. As not too long ago as Monday early morning his Linkedin web page confirmed him working at Taft Regulation. But an email sent to his regulation company deal with came again with a information declaring that he left Taft to be a part of the Family members Institute as President, even even though his bio at the Family Institute site points out that he has truly held that situation for 11 a long time. A spokesman for the regulation agency explained that the function of the Family Institute did not match the function of the legislation agency but that it was Smith’s selection to leave … The Taft legislation firm, in accordance the spokesman, has a principle of inclusiveness, and the when the Religious Liberty legislation was perceived to allow discrimination from gays and lesbians, that apparently posed an added problem.
A “principle of inclusiveness?” Really? So inclusive that they portion ways with the previous condition director of a sitting U.S. Senator who merely endorsed a monthly bill signed by the democratically elected governor of 1 of the nation’s premier states? A monthly bill that mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into regulation by Monthly bill Clinton and sponsored by then-Sen. Ted Kennedy?
It is a unfortunate working day for Indiana and for American legislation when a gentleman as principled and gifted as Curt Smith is de facto compelled to depart his function with his employer due to the fact he believes that coercion and repression are not Hoosier values. The moral cowardice of the leadership of Taft and its clients (including Cummins, about whose generous federal contracts I wrote myriad information releases when working for Sen. Coats) is repulsive.
Curt Smith has the assurance of a loving God and the respect of many buddies. What do Taft, Cummins, and their compeers have? Gaining the entire world at the cost of one’s soul is, according to Jesus, a undesirable deal. They may possibly take into account that a little bit.