Real Freedom or Discrimination?

Indiana's Religious Freedom and Restoration Bill

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

The question, "Who?" can be answered with many people. Mike Pence is the person who signed the bill into effect. The Indiana General Assembly is the group of people that got the bill passed to the governor. The people it affects: gays, straights, lesbians, transgenders, and those of polysexual or pansexual orientation. This isn't all. Anyone your religion deems "unworthy" or "impure" are targets of this bill. This is a bill known as the Religious Freedom and Restoration Bill. The wording of this bill allows businesses to deny service to or even fire individuals, or groups, that their religion would see as sinful. This bill refers to businesses, partnerships, and corporations as people. As people, they can legally have their religion and be based on the religious beliefs. This would make the businesses like a church. The bill has been revised since the day it first came out. This prevents businesses from denying service to individuals, especially if the business has signed a contract. This does not prevent the firing of individuals. This bill was signed by Mike Pence on March 26th, 2015. It has been in effect for a little over one month. There was a revision to the bill that was signed in on April 2nd, 2015. This affects the entire state of Indiana, but it did catch national attention. The reason that the bill was created was because of the belief that Christians should not have to serve people who are sinful by their religion. Christian bakers, florists, and photographers should not be able to serve a same-sex wedding. This was supposed to protect them.
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Bias from Both Sides

You can read the full bill here for your own opinion.

The bias of the LGBT community believe that they are being purposely discriminated against. Here in Indiana, it was seen as a last resort to keep them as second-class citizens after the same-sex marriage ban was over ruled.

The bias of those who support the law can be found here.

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Cultural Criticism

The culture here in Indiana includes a huge tie to the conservative side of the social and political spectrum. Same sex marriage has never been considered a "good" thing here in Indiana. That's how the culture is here, but the support for LGBT rights is becoming big throughout the country. This is why the pressure from the nation got Pence to sign the amendment for the law.
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Similar to the Jim Crow Laws?

Some people against this bill have claimed that these bills are a new form of the Jim Crow laws. Historically, that can be seen as true because of discrimination. The Jim Crow laws denied rights to African Americans after 1890 until 1965. This discrimination of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act would've allowed rights and service be denied to same sex marriage.
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Media Coverage

CNN is one of the many media stations and groups that covered the story. They took a lot of quotes from people who are against the law, showing a support leaning on that side. The news worries on where people may go with laws like this, creating a grim image.

The Indy Star wrote many articles on the subject of this RFAR law. From the wording of most of their articles, Indy Star is showing the bill as a negative thing. They do not support the article and even feature another related article titled: "State House Republicans Embarrass Indiana. Again"

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My Opinion

I belief this law was originally used to discriminate. Mike Pence is a Republican governor, with Indiana having a heavily Republican House of Representatives and Senate. Older Republicans have always been against same-sex marriages and couples. Pence caved to the national heat he got for the law because he was planning on running for president in a year. Pence wanted to get away with this discrimination. The whole system did. Just because someone's lifestyle both not fit your religious beliefs, that does not mean you can force your beliefs into the business cycle. There is a separation of church and state, which still applies to the business world. Religion should not be used to defend some being a bigot. How would it feel if things were reversed? Just some food for thought.
Indiana's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act