We’ve heard for a few days now, people arguing back and forth about whether the religious law in Indiana is discriminatory.
To say that the law is not discriminatory is disingenuous at the very least, at most a flat-out lie.
The root of the law is not as proponents say, to allow someone the religious freedom not to perform a service that goes against their beliefs.
The root of the law is to allow someone the legal ability to impose their religion onto someone else.
Indiana’s governor and others have been harping on the talking point that other states have the same law and that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have signed similar legislation.
Just because they both supported similar legislation years ago doesn’t make it right.
We should take a close look at those states and question both Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton about why they did it and would they support it now.
As someone who was raised in the Christian tradition, I don’t know about you, but I was taught to offer love instead of condemnation.
If I were an owner of a business and I didn’t believe in gay rights, I would probably do what Jesus would do, offer the service in love and pray for what I believed were the sins of my brothers and sisters.
Love the sinner.
Hate the sin.
It should be made clear that the Republicans in the Indiana House had the opportunity to include language that explicitly barred discrimination against the L-G-B-T community.
The Democrats say they proposed it and the Republicans declined.
Now here we are.
I am heartened by the honest people across the country who are vowing to pull their money and business from Indiana unless they correct the legislation.
The state stands to lose millions.
As a matter of fact, today’s front page of the state’s largest newspaper the Indianapolis Star eloquently makes the case against Indiana’s new religious freedom restoration act.
The bold message reads, “FIX THIS NOW.”
The editorial goes on to say, “The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created.”
Dr. King who fought for civil rights for everyone said not so long ago that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.
Thank god for that!