Created: Friday, January 22, 2016:2:56 PM
On Wednesday, January 27, at 4 pm in the Indiana State Senate chamber, the Rules Committee will consider SB 100 & SB 344.
SB 100 and SB 344 appear to protect religious freedom. Yet, because they are actually bills that create new special legal status for homosexuality and cross-dressing they are actually threats to those who hold to traditional morality. These bills set new limits on religious speech and create punishments for those who live out their faith or hold to traditional values about marriage, family and morality.
These coercive bills seek to force people who willingly serve everyone to promote messages and participate in events that conflict with their beliefs. It is these kinds of laws which have forced Catholic adoption agencies to close, fined Christian bed & breakfast owners, punished photographers, and allowed men in women's restrooms and locker rooms.
Here are a few points to consider about SB 100 and SB 344:
No Hoosier should be forced to conform to a government-mandated moral code in support of homosexual behaviors in order to avoid fines or jail.
The language of "civil rights" shouldn’t be hijacked to give privileges to the politically popular while taking away our cherished religious freedoms from people who may be disfavored by liberal public officials.
The government should not have the power to punish citizens for simply declining to express ideas or celebrate events that violate their beliefs.
The Indiana Constitution, which legislators take an oath to abide by, states:
"No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience."
For this reason alone, SB 100 & 344 should be withdrawn from consideration.
Contact your State Senator about these divisive and unnecessary bills at 1-800-382-9842.
Consider attending the hearing as a show of support for protecting freedom of conscience and religion in Indiana.