That title refers to we, us, my fellow Hoosiers of all stripes — at least according to the enlightened states, PACs, Gays, and even that paragon of virtue the Mayor of Chicago. Seems the new state motto is Retards Am Us.
The Mayor invited all business to relocate to that more enlighten environment — Chicago. Governors of various states are echoing his call. Others have already announced boycott intentions.
What we passed is a law very much like the law enacted under William Clinton called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. It had solid bipartisan support. So why does Hoosierland need such a law? Well, in 1997 the Supreme Court ruled that the RFRA cannot constitutionally be applied to state or local governments; state legislatures began passing their own versions of the law. Twenty states, including Indiana, now have them; in 11 more, state constitutions have been interpreted to impose similar restrictions. So, we have a complex and now partisan issue where Indiana thought Hoosiers deserved the same rights as the Federal mandate where other states have similar laws and where in others states they thought so highly of the issue they put it in the constitution.
The ACLU supported such laws until the Supreme court ruled that the RFRA prevented enforcing the part of Obamacare that covered free birth control scrips. (Walmart sells a 90-day supply for $9.95) At that point the ACLU, who’d used the RFRA for a ton of minority religious issues said that birth control trumps the RFRA — having its cake and eating it too.
It seems much of the furor comes from the gay community. So, I will speak to them. I am tired of your prurient shouting. Similarly, I find detestable anyone’s private sexual activity being thrown in my face. The closeted bedroom is a great place to keep sex. Private activity in such areas is just that — PRIVATE. Do what you wish but don’t throw it in my face and respect the view of all people who might disagree on this issue or any other.
Why is it necessary to even have this law? Separation of church and state was shouted by the founders. Respect for views that are different from your or mine were codified in the Bill of Rights just as it is for others to respectfully disagree. There is too little mutual respect lurking under perceived political correctness.
This is a law that shouldn’t even have been need but the reaction proves that sadly wrong.
I wonder if Arkansas will pass the similar bill that is before their assembly.
BTW, here is the abstract of Indiana Senate Bill 101:
Religious freedom restoration. Prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest. Provides a procedure for remedying a violation. Specifies that the religious freedom law applies to the implementation or application of a law regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity or official is a party to a proceeding implementing or applying the law. Prohibits an applicant, employee, or former employee from pursuing certain causes of action against a private employer.