Religious Freedom and Haters
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If a group of people demonstrate against religious freedom, stating that people who want religious freedom are haters, does that not make them haters?
According to the USA Today/Indianapolis Star, there were thousands of people in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday protesting against Indiana’s "religious freedom" law that they say could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Apparently, the protesters chanted and held signs saying "No hate in our state," "Whose State? Our State!" and "Fix the bill."
The Indiana law “prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion — unless the government can show that it has a compelling interest and that the action is the least-restrictive means of achieving it. It takes effect July 1.”
According to the article, business leaders have criticized the bill, believing it gives the state a bad image and will make it harder to recruit top talent to their companies and Indiana.
The governor and others have defended the bill as necessary to protect business owners who don't want to be forced to act against their religious beliefs.
Again, I ask the question, is it fair to say that the critics are themselves demonstrating some form of hate or discrimination?
What are your thoughts?
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