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With big Republican wins in the 2014 elections, some state legislatures will be more conservative than they’ve been in some time. Several have already announced plans to introduce “religious liberty” legislation modeled after a dozen similar bills that failed across the country last year. Indiana lawmakers are already drafting one of these “license to discriminate” bills.

A bill to be offered by Sen. Scott Schneider (R) — still being fine-tuned for introduction — would borrow language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), legislation several other states have passed. But while RFRAs advanced in previous years were designed to prohibit the government from burdening the religious beliefs of citizens, Indiana’s bill would allow individuals to use their religious beliefs to defend themselves in court even if the state is not party to the case. Thus, this would allow a business owner to use their religious beliefs to justify refusing services for a same-sex couple’s wedding. As a state law, this would supersede any municipal nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people.

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/01/06/3608286/indiana-license-to-discriminate/

4 thoughts on “Conservatives Admit The Truth On Indiana ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill

  1. Religious liberty? Funny, it doesn’t SMELL much like it. Seems like those who use the term these days mostly want a license to hate, and a ‘legal’ way to deny someone else’s rights. Why would my worshipping a … giant marshmallow, let’s say … infringe anyone else’s religious beliefs or practices? Now, IF you were diabetic, and IF I forced you to take marshmallow communion, that would be different! (But no way — one must believe in the Great Marshmallow for years and years to reach that level … if one ever becomes sweet enough.) Maybe you and your readers can explain why so many folks insist on forcing their religion on those who do not share their faith, and don’t especially want it crammed down their throats. – Linda

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    • “Seems like those who use the term these days mostly want a license to hate, and a ‘legal’ way to deny someone else’s rights.”

      Precisely.

      “Maybe you and your readers can explain why so many folks insist on forcing their religion on those who do not share their faith, and don’t especially want it crammed down their throats.”

      That’s an easy question to answer. It’s called Christian dominionism.

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  2. I hope these kinds of bills never get passed. Laws like that would take America backwards in so many ways. We should be striving for more inclusion and compassion for others, not less!!

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