Here it is the weekend of the Final Four. The nations sports corps descend upon Indianapolis Indiana for the March Madness that only the press can create.
So what is going on in Indiana this week besides planting and tilling? Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). That’s what.
The fine citizens of Indiana are quite certain that they protect business owners from having to do something in their business lives that they wouldn’t do in their personal lives. Be nice to gay people.
So they’ve done what any well intentioned community would do and that is to legislate ignorance.
They don’t want the government telling them what to do. So they passed a law allowing the government to tell them what they could do.
I agree with them. I don’t want the government telling me what to do either. I wish the IRS and all of Congress would stay out of my right to conduct business and commerce in a free market enterprise.
Since same-sex marriage is now legal in many states, these upstanding citizens do not want to be forced to recognize these legal unions. They look at it as undo influence of others’ into their personal religious beliefs. They find that disagreeable. So in an effort to keep the government out of their lives, they passed a law that allows the government into their lives.
But it’s backfiring drastically.
A new religion glorifying cannabis is officially incorporated in Indiana, and adherents plan to take full advantage of the state’s controversial religious freedom law.
That law – the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – generally bans state officials from burdening a person’s exercise of religion, “even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.”
Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis, as of Thursday morning the church has more than 21,000 Likes on Facebook.
Marijuana charges generally are pursued in state courts. But the new religious freedom law says the state cannot “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” except when the state uses the “least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
It’s unclear if officials or courts would deem marijuana prohibition a compelling government interest, or if they would uncritically accept the church members’ professions of faith.
So since there is much confusion on this I have found a graphic that outlines very clearly what I think we can all agree is a firm and sane look at what is and is not Religious Freedom.
This came from here http://reverbpress.com/news/were-religious-liberties-violated/