Religious Freedom ** Discrimination ** Slavery

IMG_1674Ok, I know I am not the first to write about this, but I need to add my voice to the conversation. First, it’s really alarming that in this day and age people would be trying to pass laws that allow bigotry and discrimination. Maybe what a lot of people say is true, we have to wait for the close minded bigots to all die. I saw a study recently that said a huge portion of millennials have left the church because of the church’s anti-gay stance.

This Arizona law that Miss Wag-Your-Finger (Jan Brewer) is waiting on either signing or vetoing is supposed to protect religious freedoms. Everyone is thinking it is all about gay couples, and it is, but there is so much more. But, this law would allow a restaurant owner to kick gay people out of his/her restaurant, solely because they are gay. This is revolting and outrageous.

So, today it’s gays; as Anderson Cooper pointed out, tomorrow it might be an un wed mother; a divorced man or woman. And it could also be for all black people. Religious freedom was the rationale that was used to allow slavery. Religious freedom was used in the 1950s and 1960s with the Civil Rights movement, for people that wanted to keep segregation. It was used as a rationale for not allowing blacks into the U.S. Army.

Luckily some major companies have spoken out against this law and are urging Ms. Brewer to veto the bill. From Apple to Delta Airlines, companies are speaking out. And shockingly Fox News has even spoken out against the law, Fox News!

I don’t understand discrimination. My parents brought my brother and me up to treat everyone the same way and that all people are equal. I remember in 3rd grade posters showing kids of all different colors and races together and smiling. I am sure there was some kind of text under it saying something about all being equal but I don’t remember that. Just the image of different colors all being equal. This is why I find this law so foreign.

In the end I am guessing the bill will be vetoed. Not because of the bigotry it shows, but because of the financial consequences. Still, better it’s vetoed.

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