March 25, 2015

Haven't We Done This Already?

So the "Party of Small* Government" in Hoosier Land has recently pushed through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (or, as I like to call it, "Permission to Discriminate Against Those You Find to Be Icky Act"), which essentially allows businesses to discriminate against groups or individuals and hide behind "religion" as their excuse.

I understand the idea that a business owner should be able to refuse service to anyone, and that's been true and in practice for years here.

What this does is different.  It allows businesses to refuse service to entire demographics of people, based on nothing more than a made-up belief structure and the owner's opinion that a given demographic is undesirable.

And let's be honest: This is about evangelicals not wanting to serve "those gays".

There's a right way and a wrong way to react to this.  Since the bill is signed into law (or will be, since the Guv said he's gonna sign it), there will be legal repercussions and challenges and and more and more tax dollars spent fighting this in the courts (I find it hard to believe that the IN legislature has resolved every other issue facing our society today and this is the only thing left... Hell, we still can't get carry out beer on Sundays!)

Now, while the legal challenges play out, here's what you do:

1. Call, email, and write (yes, all three) your local state representative and senator.  Check the voting record, see if they voted for this abomination, and if they did, let them know you're going to vote the bastards out next time.

2. Get with the social platforms: Find out who's not going to discriminate, and spend your consumer dollars there.  And make damn sure all your friends know it, too: "Paw Paw's Auto Repair Shop in East Cornfield, Indiana, said they're not going to discriminate against anyone, so that's where I'm taking my 76 Pinto for repairs from now on!"  

2a. Don't bother shaming those businesses that will discriminate.  Let them be bigots.  Speak with your money.  If you find that the corner shop where you used to go for the paper and a coffee is now discriminating, politely tell them why you won't be back.  The term is "enough rope to hang themselves..."

3. Open a business of your own.  Don't discriminate**.

Trust me on this: Businesses are all about the bottom line.  When their bigotry starts to impact profits, they will either change their ways or go out of business.

Still and all, it's sad to see my home state do this sort of nonsense.  

Didn't we do this sort of thing before?

I thought we would be better than this.

*Small Government until it comes time to force their beliefs on others, then it's all about rules and regulations and such.

** Although, it would be a delicious bit of schadenfreude to see a gay-owned business refuse to serve a Christian patron "because of your religion", then watch as the Indiana GOP loses their collective shit and cry "War on Christianity!"

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

I can't help but wonder if this is in response to some of the attack dog tactics practiced by various groups.