So, in my state businesses will be able to use their religious "beliefs" to disciminate against people.
The bill states against using discrimination against the equal opportunity guidelines (gender, age, etc.) but could still be used against
the LBGT and pagan community who openly practice acceptance of other's beliefs..I already have enough trouble living in the Red State as a pagan, as well as my homosexual friends
who cannot marry their longtime love and who are treated differently than the rest of the community. But it is still my right to live freely in this State along with the fundamentalist
community. Places like Hobby Lobby where I get a lot of my art supplies are also openly Christian, could potentially refuse service to me just because I walk in with a pentacle around
my neck. Hopefully that does not happen but it is an example.
The bill has already been passed in House...I would hope that if it does pass, that most businesses do not use it to project hate.
"A native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said 'I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.' The grandson asked him, 'Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?' The grandfather answered: 'The one I feed.' "
The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand...
This is why Supreme Courts exist.
While this is a very screwed up idea, don't forget that business don't worship God as much as they would like everyone to believe. They worship the almighty dollar more than anything, and if you got money to spend, they'll let you. Also, if the bill passes, find out who the owners of certain openly Christian stores are. Your example of Hobby Lobby is true, they do sell a lot of items marketed towards Christians, but part of that it is the economic basis, and Jesus sells. I use to live in a place that had a Hobby Lobby(which is a franchise, like McDonalds) that was owned by a Japanese family who were Buddhists, but still sold hella Christian paraphernalia just because it was the company model and it brought them in quite a bit of cash.
In practical terms, I don't think this changes things all that much. Businesses have always been able to refuse service. Anti-discrimination laws are easily gotten around with whatever pretext the business can make up.
Really this comes down to being a "have your cake and eat it to" situation.
If a business wants to discriminate that is their prerogative... however they have to be willing to forfeit their benefits as a community simulator.
If they aren't going to serve the whole community at large they should not receive any tax breaks, incentives or any other thing which would affect the taxes of said community.
Likewise, certain zoning should be forfeit such as having their shop on the town square or community space.
Either you part of the community or aren't.
When they are ready to concede those privileges to maintain their religious convictions then i will take them serious but not until then.
Tsalagi Nvwoti Didahnvwesgi Ale Didahnesesgi
(Cherokee medicine practitioner of left and right hand paths)
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