Mar 292015
 
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WASHINGTON — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.  Smiling with glee were seven celibate Roman Catholic nuns and three celibate monks and what looks like a celibate Roman Catholic priest.  The other people are probably protestant preachers.  None of them are involved directly in businesses in Indiana.  The Roman Catholic delegation do not enjoy the intimacy of a relationship that is imbued with sex.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. But many opponents of the bill, which included business leaders, argued that it could open the door to widespread discrimination. Business owners who don’t want to serve same-sex couples, for example, could now have legal protections to discriminate.

“Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because  “I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith. Wait until a Muslim refuses to serve a Jewish person or vice versa.

Pence said in a statement Thursday. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

The bill received national attention, but Pence signed it with little fanfare in a ceremony closed to the public and the press. The Indianapolis Star reported that members of the media “we were asked to leave the waiting area of the governor’s office.

I urge these nuns and monks to read the Parable of the Good Samaritan and ask themselves why did Jesus pick a Samaritan to be the hero over the two Jewish priests who passed the man who was injured.  paula.

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