Whew, after an impromptu vacation from blogging, seems like everything’s all about Indiana and their Religious Freedom law. So, I may as well jump on the bandwagon as well.
The major criticism about this bill is that it would give people an out to discriminate against the LGBT community. I think that there’s been quite a bit said about that, but I see other implications that people are not discussing that could be used to discriminate against people (although I seriously doubt that we’ll see such a thing as I will explain).
The “reasoning” behind the law is the claim that people shouldn’t have to be burdened in their expression of their religious beliefs. Ergo, if my religion says same sex marriage is a sin, then I should not have to serve you in my business. If you’re going to justify your actions in that manner, then you’re setting yourself up for being proven a fraud and/or openly displaying your intent to discriminate against a particular segment of society.
In using the moral assessment of sin being a reason to not serve people, how many of these businesses will deny service to the following people based upon their Christian beliefs as these are all listed as prohibited acts according to the Bible? *Source: rationalwiki
- Having homosexual intercourse between men (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13)
- Commiting adultery between a man and a woman (Leviticus 20:10-12)
- Lying about virginity(Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
- Raping an engaged female virgin (Deuteronomy 22:25)
- Having sex with your father’s wife (Leviticus 20:20)
- Having sex with your daughter-in-law (Leviticus 20:30)
- Having incestual sex (Leviticus 20:17)
If you want to own a restaurant and express your religious freedoms, then here’s a list of no-no’s…
- Eating a cheeseburger or anything that mixes meat and dairy (Exodus 23:19)
- Eating fat (Leviticus 3:17)
- Eating pork (Leviticus 11:7-8)
- Waiting too long before consuming sacrifices (Leviticus 19:5-8)
- Eating aquatic creatures lacking fins or scales (Deuteronomy 14:9-10)
- Eating any meat not killed according to the kosher practice (Deuteronomy 12:21)
And just for everyday GP….
- Being a male who is not circumcised. (Genesis 17:14)
- Trying to convert people to another religion (Deuteronomy 13:1-11, Deuteronomy 18:20)
- Worshiping idols (Exodus 22:20, Leviticus 20:1-5, Deuteronomy 17:2-7)
- Practicing magic (Exodus 22:18)
- Blaspheming (Leviticus 24:14-16, 23)
- Breaking the Sabbath (Exodus 31:14, Numbers 15:32-36)
- Consulting a psychic or spiritualist (Leviticus 19:31)
- Being a psychic, medium or spiritualist (Leviticus 20:27)
- Being a town that believes in another, non-YHWH god (Deuteronomy 13:12-15)
- Being a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:5, Deuteronomy 18:20, Zechariah 13:2-3)
- Performing any work on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10)
- Going to the temple in an unclean state (Numbers 19:13)
- Engaging in ritual animal sacrifices other than at the temple (Leviticus 17:1-9)
Based on that list, there’s going to be a lot of going out of business signs going up in Indiana, that is, if the entire issue is truly about expressions of religion. Given how Americans love their cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, and working seven days of the week, this push for this law is as based in religion as I am the King of Siam. Do you think Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, or any other adulterer is going to be refused service by anyone there, even though all their transgressions are public news? Will the state of Indiana shut down on the Sabbath as their religious freedom would allow them to? Can Muslims handle their affairs under the auspices of Sharia without nary a peep from the anti-Islamists or Sharia fear mongers? It’s perfectly legal for all those things to happen now.
If you haven’t been circumcised men, I’d not try to do business in Indiana anymore. You can be refused service now. Given how Gov. Pence avoided answering questions about being able to discriminate against people when interviewed on ABC this past Sunday, I’d say it’s open season on any and all sinners.