Wed 29 April 2015

'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' - What were they thinking?

Posted by. James Jackson This article was posted in General
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Let us return to a unified country

terran chronicles universe blogFirstly, I do not in any way intend to offend anyone, however, this blog deals with a volatile and touchy subject.

Secondly, I wish to state that the views expressed in this blog, are my own.

Finally, I am, and always have been, an advocate of equality for all, no matter the person's race, gender, religion, or any other measure which separates one human being from another.

Those who are reading my Terran Chronicles Universe series will begin to notice that I have incorporated my own personal message into my work, one of unity.

With all that being said, I shall begin.

There is something going on across America...The 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' came into existence in 1993, and has seen many amendments since. Here is the principle statement of the act "...ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected..." Many states across America have added their own interpretations, and amendments, adding even more confusion to the situation.

Extremists claim that, based on their religious beliefs, they will not serve people of other religions, or people who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender).

Here is an example of what is going on. An LGBT couple plan a wedding, a happy time for all! But the clothing shop will not make the outfits, or perform any alterations. The cake store will not bake a cake advocating a same sex marriage as it 'offends' their beliefs.

Do these shops understand that these people they won't serve could be nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers.... When was the last time you heard of an LGBT person refusing to provide service, or do their job?
These shop owners opened their business' in America... 'the land of the free,' or do they forget what this country is about. For some it is certainly, 'the home of the brave.'

"Just bake the damn cake!"

We are all people, human beings, and if this country wishes to prosper, we need to focus on external threats to our way of life, and not create new internal discord.

Another element to this sad state of affairs is the profiteering that is happening. An Indiana Pizzeria that will not cater to gays weddings received $386,000 in funds through a gofundme.com page. It has been reported that the shop owner has raised a staggering $800,000. A Washington Florist, who was fined $1000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers, raised $85,000. An Auto Repair shop in Michigan is now also claiming they will not serve anyone who is openly gay. Is this business simply cashing in on the hype?

These shop owners are being ridiculous, and are certainly not behaving as true Christians. "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."

I am proud to live in America, and want to see us return to a unified country.

 

Take it easy mates.
James Jackson