The one thing about the RFRA law passed in Indiana, and now more recently in Arkansas, is that I am going to ask why? Why do we have to have our religious freedom “restored” in this country. According to the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution –
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Now, we have to pass laws on the federal level and then again in about 20 states restoring our religious freedoms. Why? Because our personal beliefs are under attack in the name of political correctness, tolerance, and other liberal criteria that do not take into consideration that people do not believe the same as they do.
The text of the Indiana law which can be found here allows for people to actually have beliefs. If you look at the summary, the focus is on state or local governments.
Provides that a state or local government action may not substantially burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion
This is strictly in line with the U.S. Constitution. The government cannot infringe upon the religious beliefs of an individual. The scary thought for me is how far have we sunk that being a Christian is now a “protected class” needing governmental protection in a country that claims to honor religious freedom. The law itself is very plain in its intent. It is placing limits on the state. According to Section 5 –
As used in this chapter, “state action” means:(1) the implementation or application of a state or local law or policy; or (2) the taking of any other action
Nowhere in the law does it ever talk about the rights of another person. Despite all of the liberal protestations to the contrary, this law is not a license to discriminate. It is actually protection for those who are being discriminated against because they actually believe in something. This concept of tolerance is so fickle. While liberals want to claim tolerance on behalf of gays, they preach intolerance for anything against Muslims. Any changes made to accommodate Muslims is discrimination against all non-Muslims if liberals were to actually apply their juvenile liberal logic in a consistent manner.
Tolerance is a two-way street! To ask for it, you must offer it. If you expect people to only give; then you do not have a firm grasp on reality. The one thing I am certain is that everyone has the right to be offended. However, you do not have the right to never be offended because someone believes something different than you do. (See Article II.) America is advanced citizenship. There are a whole bunch of people who need to learn that concept quickly.
If you do not want to be offended, then you better be cognizant of the fact that there are people who do not want to bake gay wedding cakes, one example, and be willing to find someone who will.