The Arkansas state legislature passed an Indiana-style religious freedom bill which essentially authorizes discrimination. The bill is known as HB1228 or RFRA, is likely to go into effect within the week in Arkansas.
I am not a lawyer therefore I am not well versed in legalese, however HB1128 makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that discrimination is acceptable when its wrapped as religious piety:
Exercise of religion” means the practice or observance of religion including without limitation the ability to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief
The bottom line is – I am cool with religion + religious people. I truly believe that each person has the right to believe whatever they choose. When one goes to their place of worship – they are allowed and even expected to be insular. What I have an issue with is when religious people own a for-profit business and expect their religious beliefs to have legal authority. I simply cannot and will not live in a world where people are legally allowed to discriminate simply because they ‘believe’ their-magic-man-in-the-sky (aka God) would want them to do so.
I ask all you Christians out there – What would Jesus do? I am pretty fucking sure he wouldn’t condone RFRA and the hate it propagates.