Last week Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed their state ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ into law. The law is nearly identical to the federal law introduced by Senator Charles Schumer, passed 97-3 by the Senate, and signed by President Clinton in 1993.
The law protects the freedom of all people of faith to live, breathe, and practice their faith as they see fit. No person of faith can be discriminated against unless the government can show that it has a compelling reason to do so.
The LGBT backlash is now in full throttle. Corporations like Apple, Yelp, Salesforce, PayPal and others are threatening to stop doing business in the state unless they repeal the law.
Apple CEO Tim Cook essentially said: unless Indiana law allows discrimination against people of faith, he and his Silicon Valley bullies will destroy them by pulling out of the state.
Some facts you need to know about the fight in Indiana:
1. Indiana’s new law is nothing new. The federal government and 19 other states have similar laws.
2. The law does not allow anyone to discriminate against gay people for any reason. If a gay person were to order a pastrami sandwich, a deli owner could NOT deny him service under this law.
3. People of faith that wish to abstain from morally cooperating in gay weddings can do so, and gay people are free to take their business to the thousands of other photographers, florists and banquet halls. It’s called freedom. It’s what we do in America.
Gay marriage is just the start. What irks LGBT activists so much about this new Indiana law is that it strips them of the right to impose their agenda on religious individuals.
Next month the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of whether to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states. This week the Justices will receive CatholicVote’s amicus brief.
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Here are some more resources that help clarify what is really going on in Indiana:
“Apple CEO Tim Cooke Is Wrong About Indiana Religious Freedom Law”
“Your Questions on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill, Answered”
“Connecticut’s Governor Doesn’t Understand His Own State’s RFRA”
“UVA Law Prof Who Supports Gay Marriage Explains Why He Supports Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law“