By Junior Mayema,
I wish Jesus was there with them and ask them if they have never sinned to be the first to cast the stone, Those religious extremists are no difference to pharisees and scribes.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
People are dying, LGBT kids are killing themselves as a result of intense bullying motivated by religious freedom to bully LGBT children this Governor will be marked in history as religious extremist, he should be ashamed of himself for publicly displaying how he hates us so much to the extent of legislating attacks on us.
That is not freedom of religious beliefs that is extremism, as christians we are not allowed to use God’s name to treated others badly and to harm them and we know that it is wrong to do that as human beings with conscience.
LGBT teens and kids will take their own life with this, LGBT adults will be fired from jobs, denied healthcare and every other life opportunities and necessities
Here is how to fight this fatal law below :
How To Fight Indiana’s Anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Act, Which Has Defied Logic And Become Law
Welcome to Indiana. Please turn your clocks back 50 years. Actually, scratch that. Set your clocks back to just a little over a month ago to Tuesday, February 19. This was the day the Indiana State Senate passed State Bill 568 – the state-level version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (also known as the RFRA, “Rif-ra!”, and The Hobby Lobby Law).
Now jump ahead three weeks, to Monday, March 16, the day the Indiana House of Representatives passed the bill, which was retitled State Bill 101— essentially the same legislation as 568, just handled by a different branch of the government.
And from there, zoom to March 26, 2015, the day Indiana Governor Mike Pence — despite waves of public outcry on a national level – signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into effect.
Okay. Now you can go back 50 years in time.
Let’s revisit the RFRA a moment, shall we? The legislature’s intent is “to prevent laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion.” I’d like to paraphrase a line from my first Bustle post on the matter:
Essentially, this means that, while freedom of religion is an unalienable right all Indiana citizens shall enjoy, freedom to be a minority is not. Because it “burdens” another person’s religious rights.
After the bill was officially signed, Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair condemned the state government:
They ignored huge job creators and small businesses. They ignored churches and other institutions of faith. They dismissed the idea that a license to discriminate would make us unappealing to visitors and potential residents.
Sure enough, the law’s consequences have already began to take effect: Salesforce.com’s CEO Marc Benioff immediately withdrew his multi-billion-dollar company’s events from the state. In an interview with Re/Code, he then threatened the state with a “slow-rolling of economic sanctions” if the law is not thrown out. It should be noted that Benioff’s warnings began well before the day Pence was to sign the bill.
Regardless, Governor Pence ignored them, making it clear to Indiana that he was complacent in not one, but two serious matters: unlawful discrimination and economic forfeiture.
Along with Benioff, the organizers of global gaming-centric Gen Con — Indianapolis’ largest convention both in size and economic sway — likewise threatened to relocate. George Takei is now urging them to follow through. The price tag on their departure? Fifty million dollars.
While the law’s damaging effects on the local economy are disheartening to say the least, the effect it will soon have on hundreds of thousands of citizens is, by far, much worse. “Indiana workers, families, and others will be vulnerable to the whims of anyone claiming a religious reason for ignoring state or local laws,” said Jennifer Pizer, National Director of Lambda Legal’s Law and Policy Project.
It’s also about respect. And, quite simply, the RFRA is disrespectful toward a large portion of the state’s population. It isn’t going to affect just the LGBTQ community; religious and ethnic minorities are vulnerable to the law’s discriminatory impact as well.
While proponents of the law argue that 19 states already have the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, what they fail to mention is that, since it’s federal invocation in the Hobby Lobby case, the new states pushing the RFRA (Indiana being one, of course) are calling for stronger measures. Think of it as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on steroids. Indiana policy makers perceived the federal support of the law as permission to test its limits on a state level, using vague, indefinite language as their means to discriminate.
Many opponents of the SB101 were hopeful — myself included — that Governor Pence would have a “Jan Brewer” moment and decide in the eleventh hour to veto the law, following in the footsteps of Arizona’s Republican governor Jan Brewer, who vetoed a similar bill in February 2014.
Unfortunately, that moment didn’t come.
So now what?
I reached out the Freedom Indiana’s Jennifer Wagner to find out what opponents of the law are doing next.
“So we’re still urging people to call and email the governor about their concerns,” she said, “but the big public event that’s happening in the next few days is this rally at the Statehouse on Saturday [March 28]. It started organically and could easily be a couple thousand people.”
A petition is also circulating calling for Governor Pence’s recall. As of the evening of March 26, it has 50,482 signatures. Its goal is 75,000.
Also, not to be ignored, is this charming, aptly suggestive piece from Persephone Magazineentitled, “Dear Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Get Fucked.” If you can’t make the protest or sign the petition, at least read this post.
San Francisco, tech companies, boycott Indiana over anti-gay law
San Francisco, tech companies, boycott Indiana over anti-gay law
“[The law] legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,” Lee’s statement read. “We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law, and will work together to protect the civil rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.”
“Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of Indiana that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety,” the statement continued. “San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by the State of Indiana.”
Largely viewed as a reaction to the wave of LGBT marriage equality sweeping America—37 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage, and a US Supreme Court ruling on the issue is just months away, the Indiana law, which was backed by many religious and conservative organizations, could allow businesses and individuals to refuse to serve LGBT people on religious grounds.
All three Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—view homosexuality as an abomination, punishable by death in the holiest texts of all three sects.
Under the new law, individuals and businesses may refuse actions that impose a “substantial burden” on their religious beliefs. In the event a refusal is challenged in court, judges must balance the ‘religious burden’ against the state’s “compelling interest” in preventing discrimination.
“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said as he signed the bill into law.
“This bill is not about discrimination,” he insisted, “and if I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it.”
But opponents say it’s exactly about discrimination under the guise of ‘freedom.’
“The Indiana General Assembly and Governor have sent a dangerous and discriminatory message with this new law,” Sarah Warbelow, legal director at Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s most prominent LGBT advocacy group, said in a statement. “They’ve basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it’s ok to discriminate against people despite what the law says.”
“This new law hurts the reputation of Indiana and will have unacceptable implications for LGBT people and other minorities throughout the state,” Warbelow continued. “Astoundingly, Indiana representatives ignored the warnings of businesses and fair-minded Hoosiers, and now businesses owners and corporations are forced to consider other options when looking at states to invest in.”
Indeed, a growing number of corporations, many of them tech companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area—the US metro area with the highest per-capita LGBT population, have announced boycotts of Indiana in response to the law.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced he is canceling all company events in Indiana, or which require employees or clients to travel there, in protest of the discriminatory law. Benioff also said the $4 billion San Francisco-based cloud computing company will reduce investment in Indiana due to “outrage” over the measure.
Angie’s List Inc., the company behind the popular business rating website, announced it was canceling a planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over the law.
“We are putting the ‘Ford Building Project’ on hold until we fully understand the implications of the Freedom Restoration Act on our employees, both current and future,” Angie’s List Chief Executive Bill Oesterle said in a statement.
“Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” Oesterle added.
The ubiquitous business review site Yelp also hinted it would take action in response to the law.
“It is unconscionable to imagine that Yelp would create, maintain, or expand a significant business presence in any state that encouraged discrimination by businesses against our employees, or consumers at large,” the San Francisco-based company said in a blog post.
While not announcing any boycott, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is gay, tweeted, “Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana’s new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.”
Opposition to the new law went far beyond just tech companies. Gen Con, the popular comics and gaming convention held annually in Indianapolis, has threatened to move the event elsewhere.
“Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years,” Gen Con Chief Executive Adrian Swartout said.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which says it is “especially concerned” about the law, also said it is considering an appropriate response, which could include relocating future tournaments from Indiana. The NCAA Final Four collegiate basketball championship tournament will take place in Indianapolis next week.
“Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, as well as local employers including Alcoa, Cummins, Eli Lilly & Co, have also voiced their opposition to the law.
San Francisco, a famously progressive city, has boycotted states over discriminatory laws before. When Arizona passed SB 1070, a harsh anti-undocumented immigration law in 2010, city leaders suspended all non-essential travel for city employees to the neighboring state. Boycotts over SB 1070 cost Arizona $141 million in lost meeting and convention business, according to a Center for American Progress report.
Arkansas may be next in the boycotters’ cross hairs, as the state Senate there on Friday overwhelmingly approved a Republican-backed ‘religious freedom’ bill critics say could allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT would-be patrons. Many companies, including Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart, have expressed opposition to the measure.
“We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state,” the world’s largest retailer said in a statement.
And the article below is describing how religious extremists are already grabbing this opportunity to start discriminating against LGBT people :
INDIANA RESTAURANT OWNER ALREADY TURNING AWAY GAYS WITH NEW ‘RELIGIOUS LIBERTY’ LAW
A restaurant owner in Indiana called into a local radio station’s morning talk show to profess his support for the new anti-gay law passed in his home state this week, and even bragged about all the times he has happily discriminated against gay people.
Indianapolis morning radio talk show Kyle & Rachel on RadioNOW 100.9 asked listeners Friday morning to call in with their thoughts on Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law.
That’s when Ryan called in to the show and said that he began discriminating against gay customers even before Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a bill into law on Thursday protecting business owners who decide to discriminate against any person for “religious liberty” reasons. He then defended the practice and suggested he would do it again.
Ryan, who refused to give the name of his business, said he had lied to some LGBT “people” saying some equipment was broken in his restaurant and that he could not serve them even though other people were already eating at the tables. “So, yes, I have discriminated,” he told RadioNOW 100.9 hosts. The show’s hosts were surprised by the owner’s blatant discrimination.
“Well, I feel okay with it because it’s my place of business, I pay the rent, I’ve built it with all my money and my doing. It’s my place; I can do whatever I want with it, “he said. “They can have their lifestyle and do their own thing in their own place or with people that want to be with them.”
These laws try to codify some of what was established when the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case last year, in which a craft store chain objected to covering certain types of birth control for its female employees on religious grounds even though the Affordable Care Act mandated that women must receive birth control coverage without a co-pay as part of its minimum standards of care.
Listen to the raido interview below:
Hillary Clinton has condemned Indiana’s “religious freedom” law, writing on Twitter: “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against ppl bc of who they love.”
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff took a bold stand against Indiana, announcing on Twitter this week that he has canceled “all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination” and threatened the state with a “slow rolling of economic sanctions” if the law is not thrown out.
Earlier this week, the organizers of one of Indiana’s biggest conventions threatened to move his event to another state if Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the bill into law. GenCon LLC chief executive officer Adrian Swartout sent a letter to Gov. Pence reminding him of the convention’s history of serving “a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds.”