In my last post I discussed my opposition to Indiana’s recent RFRA, specifically focusing on how it differs from similar legislation in a legal/practical sense.
This post will be a completely different kind of boring, as I will talk about why I as a Christian oppose this bill and the motivations behind it. To be honest, this was and still is my primary reason for opposing this bill- and it is the reason I have spent my time researching the legal side of this in the first place.
I’d like to note that I’m able to write and post this at all in part due to existing religious freedom legislation. The government can’t silence me because of the first amendment; and wordpress and other avenues can’t refuse me access on account of my religion- as religion is a federally protected class (unlike sexual orientation.) None of that is at stake here.
So there has been a lot of talk about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Bill, but I’ve heard remarkably little about what the bill actually contains and how it compares to existing legislation. First off, go read the full text of the bill, available here.
Seriously- go read it. If you have formed an opinion about this bill, (haven’t we all?) you have no excuse not to. It’s shorter than this blog likely will be, and not too full of ‘jargon.’ I’m not a lawyer, but I have seen far too much misinformation circulating about this bill and it has taken quite a bit of work to figure out why exactly this iteration of this type of legislation has stirred up so much controversy. I share that research with you so that our collective dialog can be as well-informed as it has been passionate.