Mike Pence, Governor of the state of Indiana, passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act the first of March 2015. This Act allows Indiana's residents (and companies) to discriminate according to their religious beliefs without any prosecution. As much as I understand the right to practice religion, this Act allows bigotry based on a very relative and personal and often made-up base. It is not right for some to be given the right to practice their personal religion while taking away the rights of anyone who is or believes something that is against those religions, ie homosexuality, race, sexism all fit into that category. If a devoted Christian who firmly believes homosexuality is bad and should be punished this law takes alienable rights from any homosexual from any form of discrimination from this Christian. It puts people in danger and it takes away freedoms and rights from some with putting others on a pedestal. How can any state, any Governor pass this law with a conscious?
The controversy of Indiana's RFRA is focused around a point that is not even addressed in the bill itself. I am not denying that the bill is flawed, but the topic of the debate is one that I can sincerely deny.
Indiana's RFRA's main focus is the use of religious beliefs as a defense in legal persecution. When a restriction causes severe burden on someone's religious beliefs, the RFRA exempts them from said restriction. The words "gay", "lesbian", "LGBT", or even "sexuality" are nowhere mentioned in the act. In fact, many of the reasons people are upset on the "anti-gay" side of this bill are nowhere within the bill's jurisdiction. The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) tends to discrimination in the workplace. The EEOC has no sanctions regarding discrimination against sexuality set in place.