For about the last week or so, I’ve been kicking this post around in my head. It’s been making me crazy. I am so disgusted with what is going on in Indiana right now. I kept hoping it would quiet down or that those who are ignorant would become informed. But instead of becoming informed on the issues, reading the laws, or even learning why it was written, hate has been spewed all over my state.
Of course, I’m talking about the Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA) that was signed into law in Indiana last week. The headlines and loud voices are all yelling that it is permission to discriminate in our state. “Now you can refuse to sell a cupcake to all homosexuals in Indiana.” What a load of crap.
Personally, I think you should be able to discriminate against anyone and everyone you want to. Remember when all business had signs in their windows stating that they have the right to refuse service to anyone? Apparently those days are over. And, honestly, if a business is discriminating against someone or a group of people, word will get out, and the market will take care of it. If a business was discriminating, people would stop spending their money at that business and their doors would close. Look at what’s happening with the doctor in Michigan who refused to handle the care of a lesbian couple’s baby. That doctor is losing patients. People don’t want to see a doctor who would discriminate against this couple or their baby.
I’ve already shared my political views on marriage. I don’t want the government involved in any marriage. I don’t care who or what you want to marry as long as you don’t force me to be a part of it. I certainly don’t care who you love. It’s none of my business.
But back to Indiana. This law wasn’t written with the idea of any sort of marriage in mind. Although it should protect those businesses who have a DEEPLY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEF against A SPECIFIC EVENT, it was actually written because of the Hobby Lobby v Obamacare court case.
And, guess what, South Bend’s Mayor Buttigieg? Notre Dame University was protected by the federal RFRA and is now protected in the state by the state’s RFRA. So while you are speaking out against our state as a whole, maybe you should be speaking out against Notre Dame as well. Maybe you should be banning all city business with the university? Except that would probably be pretty dicey as South Bend’s mayor.
And just when I thought that things couldn’t get any crazier around here, they did. On Tuesday, a local TV station sent a reporter out to talk to small town business owners. They went to a local pizzeria that publicly shares that they are a Christian business, and asked them if they would cater a gay wedding. The owners told the TV station that they have never refused service to anyone for ANY REASON, but that they would probably wouldn’t cater a gay wedding.
For some reason, it doesn’t matter to people that they said that they serve everyone or that they have NEVER been asked to cater a wedding, gay, straight or otherwise. All that seems to matter is that they said that they would probably not be a part of a hypothetical situation. And for all the talk about inclusion and respecting people’s rights, this pizzeria has been attacked all over the place. This small town business has become the face for what is wrong in Indiana. They have had to keep their business closed for the last two days because of all the threatening phone calls and internet messages, including a tweet from a local coach asking who would join her to burn the restaurant down.
The owners are being attacked as a business and as individuals. How on earth can you believe that it is okay to attack these people just because they don’t agree with you? How does this help anyone? If you believe that their statements and stance are hateful, how does it help to reply to them with more hate? And how in the world can you expect me to respect your beliefs, if you refuse to respect mine?
Now, I’m not saying we all have to agree and hold hands and sing camp songs. It is perfectly fine for us to disagree on things. The real issue should be how we disagree. Can we disagree with kindness instead of hate? Maybe I don’t agree with you on the issue, but I’m certainly not going to hack your website and put porn on it or try to gather a group to burn your business to the ground.
All I’m asking is that my rights and beliefs be as protected as yours. You don’t have to agree with me. You can think that I am wrong. You can think that I am a complete moron for my beliefs. All I’m asking is that you respect my right to have my own beliefs.
Because of the attacks on the pizzeria, Dana Loesch, host of the Blaze’s show Dana, and her staff created a go fund me page last night to help them cover the costs while they have to be closed and show them that they are not standing alone. You can check that out here.