Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Indiana Law II

Apparently the Governor of Indiana is either ignorant of the newly passed and signed law, the Religious Freedom Reformation Act, or is trying to whitewash the backlash to it, because all he says isn't what the laws says.

Governor Pence says it doesn't allow discrimination, which is not true by the letter or the intent of the law. The law states the government must prove if a person, meaning person(s), business, corporation, etc., discriminated against a person by refusing to provide or sell products or service that the said action was not a substantial burden with the excercise of the person's religious believes or faith and was not in keeping their religion or their practice of religion.

In short, the burden is on the government to prove the discrimination by the intent of the individual and the interpretation of their religion or practice of their religion, which by definition is so broad and ambigious as to be meaningless.

The law does in fact legalize discrimination simply by allowing the individual to say it was in keeping with their understanding, interpretation and practice of their religion, believe or faith. The law does not define or indentify any specific classes of people, acts by people or religions of people, and therefore leaves it to the individual and the government to prove otherwise.

It simply gives the people the right to say no because they can and call it a substantial burden on the exercise of their religion, and the government would have to prove the opposite, and that's only if the government wants to pursue a case, or they can simply decide not to investigate or even prosecute.

That's what the law does. But it could equally backfire on the conservative Christians who wanted the law by allowing other people to legally discriminate against them and the goverment would have to protect their right to discriminate as it would a Christian.

Good luck there Indiana. I'm hoping non-Christians decide to use it to equally discriminate to show the absurdity of the law. It's the old adage, you reap what you sow.

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