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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!

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9 thoughts on “Indiana Law is a License to Discriminate

  1. William on said:

    As long as the LGBT community continues to not focus on unarmed black men getting killed OR the mentally ill continuing to kill their kids, I could careless about Indiana and THEIR issues! There are WAY TOO MANY problems that should take priority over a law in Indiana. If a business don’t want your money, then go some place else!

  2. Dr Kevin Hairston on said:

    Don and Tom.

    I agree the Indiana law if not worded right has potential to discriminate. However why should a business bend over in their belief to accommodate a lifestyle they do not support. I believe this law terrible if it deny a person a hotel room or a table in a restaurant. But I do believe a business owner such as a photographer should be allowed to refuse a same sex couple. Tom, would you consider Bishop Jakes a bad guy if he refused to marry a same sex couple?

  3. This shows how powerful the media is. In America, we should have a freedom of choice. Why is it okay to be in a same sex relationship but it is not okay for me love God and his follow his word? Who is protecting my religious beliefs? You may not believe but I do. Why punish me?

    As a black female living in the south, do you think I wou patronize a business with a confederate flag flying on the outside and sue them when they don’t want to serve me? No, I’ll go somewhere else.

    This law would not be needed if the gay agenda didn’t target religious business and demand to serve them that goes outside their beliefs. Go somewhere else. Your beliefs should not be more important than mine.

    • Joy2 on said:

      Kay: A lot of people believe in the SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE. Everyone doesn’t adhere to religion. Some people do, and some people don’t. To each his own….but I don’t want the government nor religious groups up in my business. Same thing when it comes to a woman’s right when it comes to abortion. Personally I don’t think I would get an abortion; but I don’t want the government nor religion sects deciding what I do with my body. It’s a personal choice.

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