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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #32)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 02:09 AM

58. In a nutshell....

The federal bill from the 90s does not apply to individual states so many states have taken it upon themselves to enact similar bills. All 19 other states and the federal bill are specifically worded to protect individual religious rights from "Government" interference. Such a Muslim wishing to wear a beard in a federal prison... or a Native American wishing to honor his culture again on federal level. So it would be private citizen vs federal or state government. The Indiana law would expand this to private citizen vs private citizen. Thus the fear of a business owner being legally able to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Arizona also tried to expand the religious freedom law in 2012 the same as the Indiana bill does and if you recall the response was swift and severe. The NFL threatened to pull the Superbowl... countless corporations were ready to pull out of the state.... tourism feared a drastic drop... in the end... our favorite Republican Governor Jan Brewer decided the bill was a huge mistake and vetoed it. Governor Pence wasn't so insightful....and of course now we are seeing the same outrage as we did with the Arizona law.

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