Letter to the Editor: Outcry over religious freedom law is selfish


Those protesting the recent religious freedom law in Indiana should not be flattered — freedom does not just apply to them.

Indiana passed legislation pertaining to religious freedom that is nearly identical to a bill that President Clinton signed almost 22 years ago. The outcry from its passage is, in my opinion, more selfish than it is ignorant.

Members of the left haven’t been able to grasp a sliver of how capitalism works, and cry Jim Crow every chance they get. Their interpretation of civil rights has been amiss since the antebellum era, and have plagued the constitutional rights of those exercising just that for as long as one can remember.

Whether or not the intentions of the law were based on discrimination, there is truly nothing one should be able to do as long as it stays within the private sector. The reality is that there are those out there who simply can’t stand the idea of being excluded to the point that they will begin comparing themselves to the minorities who were, just 50 years ago, legally barred from even utilizing the same restroom as the white man. It’s truly offensive to even suggest similarities between one who is excluded based on religious preference, and one who was legally segregated from living the same lifestyle as others purely based on the color of their skin.

The morality behind forcing one to act against his or her own righteous principles is beyond me. The audacity of some individuals to believe they can walk into someone else’s home, or place of business because the government said they could is comparable to the child who told on you in preschool because they wanted the toy you did not have.

Let’s set the record straight: the government cannot, and should not ever deny a law-abiding American citizen the same treatment as the next one, but if one would prefer you to leave their place of business, home, or any property for that matter based on whatever they see fit, they may do just that in compliance with the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your feelings.

Kyle Gregory Ford, Woodstock

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