RFRA = Hate Packaged as Religious Freedom

Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, recently signed into law the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) that allows businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian people based on religious liberty. This law is another blaring example of the way in which so many republicans dress up their hate as a religious belief that needs special protection under the law. When in reality they seek to erode the very progress we’ve made to promote inclusion and anti-discrimination in this country. More importantly, this law prevents legal action to be taken against businesses that discriminate and refuse services to people because of a so-called religious belief. Gov. Pence’s vague explanation of the law is no different than the arguments people made back in the day when ‘religious liberty’ justified racism and segregation.

George Stephanopoulos grilled Gov. Pence this weekend and tried in vein to get the Gov. to answer the simple question if RFRA allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT’s, and if so, will those businesses be exempt from legal punishment when they discriminate?  Watch Gov. Pence trying to hide his bigotry all the while dodging the yes or no question IF businesses are legally allowed to discriminate under RFRA:

 

The point here is simple: once cannot pick and choose which laws to follow – that would gravely undermine our entire legal system. Equal Protection under the law affords an individual to be treated in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. Period. There is no room for exceptions here, not even for all you holy rollers out there #sorrynotsorry.  According to Cornell University Law School “The equal protection clause is not intended to provide “equality” among individuals or classes but only “equal application” of the laws. The result, therefore, of a law is not relevant so long as there is no discrimination in its application. By denying states the ability to discriminate, the equal protection clause of the Constitution is crucial to the protection of Civil Rights.”

Discrimination is discrimination – no matter how you slice it – and it cannot be tolerated! Major corporations seems to agree – many companies have been vocal about not conducting business in Indiana until RFRA is repealed. The backlash is real, Gov Pence! Take a look at the long list of companies that Boycott Indiana!

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