Friday, March 27, 2015

Chicago Tribune: the shame of Indiana's new 'religious freedom law'

Rex Huppke, of the Chicago Tribune, has three criteria for determining that Indiana's religious freedom law might be a bad statute. We liked #2:
If you speak out proudly about the importance of your law and it garners national attention, and then you decide to sign that law in a private ceremony with no media coverage, it might be a bad law.
Judging from Indiana Governor Mike Pense's deceptive defense of the law whose passage he just supported, we would probably never buy a used vehicle — or any other hard goods or ideology — from him. Huppke took strong exception to Gov. Pence dragging Illinois into his rationalization
     Gov. Mike Pence noted that 19 states, including Illinois, have Religious Freedom Restoration statutes. The implication was clearly: “Hey, our neighbor Illinois has a law like this and nobody looks at that state as intolerant.”
     He neglected to point out the important fact that Illinois also has a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Indiana has no such law.

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