Wait...did I write that?
Sorry, I've been reading right-wing talking points for too long, but, unfortunately, this is Indiana where right-wing talking points are often mistaken for solid public policy. It appears that the Indiana General Assembly is perhaps poised to consider passing laws to protect the free exercise of religion...even though the Constitution of the United States already does so.
Of course much of this so-called need to protect religion goes back to the court decision allowing same-sex marriage. Right-wing culture vultures point to this as the busting of society's seams. They don't want to have to make the "gay wedding cake" if they don't want to, etc.
Here's my question...the First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."Where are the protections for those folks that DO NOT want to exercise a religion? After all, this is who the First Amendment appears to be trying to protect. It's telling Congress that it cannot establish a religion or prohibit someone from exercising theirs.
Seems to me that these religious folks are getting all the protection under Indiana law. Not sure that's what our founders intended.