Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) still plans to sign the controversial religious freedom bill which allows businesses to refuse services to same sex couples. That didn’t go down well with the Disciples of Christ Church.
You read the right.
Karoli at Crooks and Liars reports:
The leaders of the Disciples of Christ church sent a letter to Pence telling him they would be forced to reconsider holding their 2017 convention in Indianapolis.
Purportedly a matter of religious freedom, we find RFRA contrary to the values of our faith – as well as to our national and Hoosier values. Our nation and state are strong when we welcome people of many backgrounds and points of view. The free and robust exchange of ideas is part of what makes our democracy great.
As a Christian church, we are particularly sensitive to the values of the One we follow – one who sat at table with people from all walks of life, and loved them all. Our church is diverse in point of view, but we share a value for an open Lord’s Table. Our members and assembly-goers are of different races and ethnicities, ages, genders and sexual orientations. They have in common that they love Jesus and seek to follow him.
We are particularly distressed at the thought that, should RFRA be signed into law, some of our members and friends might not be welcome in Indiana businesses – might experience legally sanctioned bias and rejection once so common on the basis of race.
8,000 were/are expected to attend in 2017. VisitIndy estimated the economic impact at $5.9 million.
Todd Adams, the associate general minister and vice president of the Indianapolis-based denomination, told The Indianapolis Star,”Our perspective is that hate and bigotry wrapped in religious freedom is still hate and bigotry.”
Because that’s what a real Christian is supposed to do. That is, if you actually follow Jesus’s lead. (He’s that long-haired guy who didn’t discriminate).
In addition, America’s largest gaming convention has threatened to move to another state if the bill is signed. Job creators are leaving because of this so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill which is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to discriminate against others.
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