What’s the big deal?
What is the controversy with recent law signed into effect in Indiana last week on 26 March?
The law is called “SB 101 The Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA).
In the popular press coverage it is called “Indiana’s Anti- LGBT Legislation”. How did that happen?
One of the interesting facets of current news topics is how they are reported and their social influence. Sometimes the influence is well below the media hype and sometimes the media focuses on the best click-worthy aspect and misses the wider picture.
I don’t want to get into the politics of “Anti this or that”, but let’s examine the wider picture of the effect of this public policy on business, business issues, review some history, and who I think it affects.
If you asked any American “Should all Americans have religious freedom?”, I’d bet that you would get a near 100% resounding “Yes!” I mean, the bill passed 40 – 10, a significant margin.
In the fuzziness of our memories, we all know that it is protected by some Constitutional amendment. (Don’t worry, not testable, I checked for everyone, it is the 1st Amendment.)
In Western Europe, if you asked the same question, they would say yes too, but they would be puzzled by the question. Most constitutions in Europe list religious freedom as a basic human right and it is not considered a political problem unless public safety become an issue.
When we see something that seems both complex and obvious, you have to do two things: drill down a little to understand it better and step back to see and understand the context.
This is going to be a loooong discussion, if you stop now, I’ll understand.
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