Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Why Is Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Different From All Other Religious Freedom Laws?

quote [ The new state law has been publicly sold with the claim that it is nothing new, but shows every sign of having been carefully designed to put new obstacles in the path of equality. ]

This is the article I needed to understand why the law is so terrible.

[SFW] [politics] [+7 Informative]
[by bltrocker@2:57pmGMT]


buckaroo50 said @ 9:53pm GMT on 31st Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
+1 if the title was a passover reference.
Bruceski said @ 4:11pm GMT on 31st Mar
This bill is one of inclusiveness. Religious, atheist, gay, straight, Democrat, Republican, black, white, green, EVERYONE'S against it except for the people who made it a law.
mechanical contrivance said @ 4:32pm GMT on 31st Mar
Then why did they make it a law?
Taxman said @ 6:52pm GMT on 31st Mar
Representative democracy of course.
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 7:15pm GMT on 31st Mar
For the same reasons they usually do: Campaign donations and fear of not being reelected by the same rabid fanatics that actually turn up to vote.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:35pm GMT on 31st Mar
Then there must be a lot of people in Indiana who want this law.
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 8:40pm GMT on 31st Mar
The 2014 general election saw 30% voter turnout in Indiana, so, not really.

And honestly, the cash (and promises of future cash as well as possibly a place to land outside of the gov's mansion) are probably more enticing.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:56pm GMT on 31st Mar
Elected officials don't need to please everyone. They only need to please the majority of voters, which in this case seems to be 16% of the people.
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 9:40pm GMT on 31st Mar
See: rabid fanatics.

And that's really more of a problem for the GOP in their primaries. The Tea Party types turn out and overwhelm people who are more moderate, resulting in stuff like this.
sanepride said @ 9:17pm GMT on 31st Mar
The big question is whether there's some actual problem this law is intended to address. If the answer is 'no', then fuck these bastards in their homophobic buttholes. Considering that there's already broad religious freedom granted at the federal level, the only reason to even enact such a law is to use religion as an excuse to discriminate.
bltrocker said @ 10:10pm GMT on 31st Mar
It's waaaay past funny and embarrassing and ironic how often the small gov't republicans hate all the frivolous legislation right up until it will hurt a group of people they don't like.
sanepride said @ 3:16am GMT on 1st Apr
Well their argument is that the law is intended to limit government intrusion on their 'religious freedom'. From that we can extrapolate that protecting people from discrimination is government intrusion and is therefore bad.

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