Bill That Would Allow Religious Discrimination Against LGBT People Advances To Kansas Senate http://bzfd.it/1dktkt2
Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Discrimination On Basis Of Religious Freedom http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/20/arizona-religious-freedom-discrimination_n_4823334.html
So if you decided not to read these articles let me break it down for you. The Arizona law allows businesses to refuse service based on their own religious beliefs.
“Exercise of religion” means the PRACTICE OR OBSERVANCE OF RELIGION, INCLUDING THE ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.
So if your religion is against homosexuality then your are able to refuse them at your business. Or if your religion is against every other religion, then you can refuse service to anyone.
Kansas has this law already. The law in question extends it to government employees. Essentially these laws protect people from getting sued based when they discriminate based on their religion.
Disclaimer: I am pro-LGBT. I don’t give a damn about what your orientation is. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.
With that being said, I am not completely opposed to the idea expressed in the Arizona law. Allow me to explain. I don’t think the law should single out religion as the basis. I feel that a private business should be allowed to refuse sale to anyone for any reason and not be worried about being sued. I don’t believe that government has the right to tell me how to run my private business and if I have a customer causing issues I want to be able to kick them out without repercussions.
However, I don’t believe it’s right to discriminate because you don’t agree with someone’s choices. If a business is refusing service based on sexual orientation then I am not going there and I would hope that I am not alone. I will choose to spend my money elsewhere and it is up to the decent people to do the same. Once the business is going under then maybe they will lighten up their restrictions. If not, then let them be a social club for bigotry and we can enjoy our time without them. Let capitalism do its thing.
As far as the Kansas law is concerned, I am 100% against. If you cannot bring yourself to help everyone then don’t work in the public sector. The government is there to serve the people and you have no right to refuse them. What I am afraid if seeing is someone being penalized for not have their car registered, or a valid ID because everyone at the DMV is refusing service and this tax-paying citizen cannot do anything about it because of this law.
So it is now safe to cross Kansas off my list of place I could be OK living in.
Now let me leave you with a little something showing there is still hope in the Kansas congress.
“I vote ‘no,’” said Republican Rep. Don Hineman on the House floor. “My closely held religious belief is that God is love.”
Thank you Don Hineman.
Please share this with your friends and family, especially if they live in these states so they can contact their representatives and hopefully get this vetoed. Leave a comment and let me know what you think and have a wonderful day.