If you think Indiana’s SB101 isn’t about discrimination, riddle me this:
Eric Miller, the Founder and Executive Director of Advance America, a Conservative Christian group, who stood behind Indiana Governor Mike Pence during the ceremonial bill signing, followed up afterwards with this:
“It is vitally important to protect religious freedom in Indiana. It’s the right thing to do. It was therefore important to pass Senate Bill 101 in 2015 in order to help protect churches, Christian businesses and individuals from those who want to punish them because of their Biblical beliefs!”
Now, read that last line again:
“It was therefore important to pass Senate Bill 101 in 2015 in order to help protect mosques, Islamic businesses and individuals from those who want to punish them because of their Quranic beliefs!”
See how quickly that slope gets slippery?
Suddenly anyone with a “deeply held religious belief” (that is impossible to empirically quantify) can cite their religion – be it Christian or Islamic or Flying Spaghetti Monster – for reasons to not serve (read: lunch counter), transport (read: on the bus), or accommodate (read: no rooms available) you because of their perception of your person – even in public places of commerce.
Don’t listen to the Governor’s spin. Listen to the people who support him. They’re quite adamant about discriminating against you – just change around a few nouns and you’ll be next: