Monday, March 30, 2015

No Regrets About Stigmatizing LGBT Community

Good Day World!

Religious tolerance is an oxymoron in Indiana.

Organized religion there is not tolerant.

Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence, a self-avowed protector of the faith, certainly didn’t show tolerance towards the LGBT community by signing a discriminative law into effect last Thursday. 

Pence said he was proud of the law and "absolutely" did not think it was a mistake to sign it.

Critics have spoken out against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act since Pence signed it, but he stubbornly claims he’s protecting people's religious freedoms. 

Pence tells his critics that the new law was not intended to make it easier for people to discriminate against same-sex couples. Yet, what happened when he was questioned by a reporter?

Asked repeatedly whether the new law would make it legal for a merchant — a wedding florist, for instance — to refuse service to gay couples, Pence declined to answer yes or no.

As far as I’m concerned that’s a cowardly yes, by remaining silent. How else can a logical person take that kind of response?

Which is why Pence’s claims ring false.

This law doesn’t strengthen the foundation of our constitutional First Amendment rights. It threatens to stigmatize a segment of our society by not treating everyone equally.

There’s been no threat to our religious freedoms in recent years that require a new law to protect them. We can still worship whatever entity we wish without fear of persecution, as per the 1st Amendment.

For the record, The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It doesn’t say anything about stigmatizing a section of the population.

In response to the new law Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle said it has caused his company to put on hold an expansion of the company's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Time for me o walk on down the road…

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