of Pink News/Equality Mississippi
It seems that with every ten steps forward, there is at least one backward, and the political leaders who helped put this newest "law" into effect
can place themselves squarely in the backward category.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed in April, essentially allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT individuals, as long as their reasoning is based in religion.
There are several GLARING holes in this law's logic--100 points to anyone who can recognize them.
Anyway, Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed off on the act, which will take away authorities' power to "burden a person's right to the exercise of religion." The act officially went into effect last Tuesday (July 1).
Several cities in the state, such as Jackson, Bay St. Louis, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Magnolia, Oxford, and Starkville are on a mission for the right to be exempt from the law, while equality groups are fighting back by handing out stickers for businesses to display: We don't discriminate. If you're buying, we're selling.
Buddy Smith, spokesman for the American Family Association, isn't a fan of the stickers. “It’s not really a buying campaign, but it’s a bully campaign, and it’s being carried out by radical homosexual activists who intend to trample the freedom of Christians to live according to the dictates of scripture," he said.
Mississippi resident Chef John Currence disagrees. To him, this is history repeating itself in one of the worst ways: “More than anything else, the law sends a terrible message about the state of consciousness in the state of Mississippi. We are not going to sit idly by and watch Jim Crow get revived in our state."
'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself' is a dictate of Scripture, Mr. Smith, and I'm quite positive that discrimination does not promote love.
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