George Takei recently called his fans to boycott Indiana.
“I myself am a Buddhist, not a Christian. But I cannot help but think that if Christ ran a public establishment, it would be open to all, and He would be the last to refuse service to anyone. It is, simply put, the most un-Christian of notions.”
– George Takei
This is in light of new laws that have/will pass in Virginia:
And later, in Indiana where the reaction was more intense:
I agree with George Takei, that this law protects bigotry. But should bigotry be illegal? Shouldn’t the homophobes already be protected under the freedom of speech act? As a matter of fact, such discrimination – and many other forms – are protected for most private areas/clubs/businesses in the USA. The new laws only prevent local rules of inclusion to interfere with “religious freedom”. I hate both sides of the law: Stating bigotry as a government policy is not the way to go. Also, forcing inclusion seems counterproductive and imper their freedom of expression. Western laws are based on good, basic principles – but then ruined by years of conflicting policy-making and legal mumbo-jumbo.
I would argue that I’m glad the bigots are revealing themselves, and putting convenient signs on their business. We can win this fight with liberty, protests and morality; not by forcing them to accept gays in their private stores. If someone gets harmed through this discrimination, eg: doctor refusing treatment, then they can still be sued dry.
Marijuana activists plan to circumvent the laws in Indiana by filing to register their church and seeking protection to smoke weed for religious reasons. I’m also looking forward to businesses openly rejecting christian/jewish customers to highlight the absurdity of this law.
Let’s not forget the federal supreme court concluded gay marriage was a right so many things are moving forward to repeal anti-sodomy laws since decades. There are many areas where improvement is needed, and the situation is problematic, but not these particular laws. These are just stupid politicians making dead-on arrival, ineffective laws, as a political statements to help them in a primary – and it will end up destroying them.