Okay guys… I’ve been researching everything I possibly can before I post my opinion on Governor Pence and his decision to sign the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) into law, because I can understand why people are upset about it and I feel that everyone has the choice to voice their opinions, participate in demonstrations, etc etc.
HOWEVER, I really don’t see the issue with this bill. I do see the potential for an issue, especially since the case that was used to bring the RFRA to public attention in Indiana was a case of a Christian owned business who decided to RESPECTFULLY (that’s important) decline service to a gay couple who sought out their services for a wedding cake citing religious beliefs. That was the case that was used to promote public awareness of the bill, but that is NOT what the bill itself is about.
Of course it’s easy to become upset when you feel your lifestyle is under attack, so I don’t fault those who vehemently oppose the bill and have decided to boycott the state of Indiana. I honestly don’t, and in fact I can respect them for sticking to their guns. The issue I have right now is that the media has blown this SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO far out of proportion and so many people are (although rightfully so) upset for no valid reason it’s become this giant Anti-Indiana All the Things campaign for no other reason than an uninformed mob mentality.
Indiana is the last in a long line of states which have signed a RFRA bill into law. 19 other states currently have similar legislation, and 13 more are considering them as well. In addition to the laws already present on state level, the FEDERAL RFRA was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993. I’m not saying don’t boycott Indiana if that’s how you feel the need to take a stand, I’m only saying that by focusing all of this disapproval upon the last of 19 states kind of makes the entire Equality movement look like a bunch of bullies. A bunch of bullies using their legal sway to discriminate against religious freedom, which is PRECISELY what this bill is designed to prevent.
Just some food for thought…