Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ryan Anderson defends Indiana's new anti-gay law with half-truths

Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson (a professional Defender of the Faith™) takes to the Heritage Foundation blog (Daily Signal) with Indiana Protects Religious Liberty. Why That’s Good Policy. According to Anderson:
In a victory for religious freedom, earlier today Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This is good policy that protects the fundamental freedom of Indiana citizens from unnecessary and unreasonable government coercion.

The Indiana law is based on the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act—a law that has served the American people well for more than 20 years.
That's not exactly true for at least three reasons:
  1. Unlike the federal law, Indiana's law is directly aimed at LGBT citizens.
  2. The federal law does not interfere with state and local anti-discrimination ordinances. However the Indiana law precludes a municipality from creating enforceable anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT citizens.
  3. The federal law protects the religious freedom of individuals. The Indiana law makes it possible for any individual or entity to discriminate. Businesses are free not to serve gay people.
So no, Mr. Anderson, a bill aimed at protecting people who discriminate against their fellow LGBT citizens (and having no other purpose) is not good policy. 

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