religion vs discrimination

Over the past few days I have been seeing posts about something called the Indiana Bill. Out of sheer curiosity I decided to look into it and see what all this hoopla was about. From what I gathered in the articles that I read, and clicking on the hashtag, #indianabill on Twitter and gathering information from rather angry tweeters, This bill is basically one that says it would be okay to “discriminate” against people such as gays, lesbians, transgender, etc as long as you are doing so in the name of religion. The governor of Indiana said that this was not discrimination, but businesses have to right to refuse service to people who fall under a category that religious people do not support. I myself am religious, but I find this type of law to be so incredibly hateful. Obviously private businesses such as photographers and caterers can decide who they provide business to, so why is there a need for a law? We should never use a law, or our beliefs to be hateful and discriminate against those who we “feel” are bad. I feel like we just jumped back 50 years and somehow this violates civil rights laws. John 15:12 states “my command is this: love each other as I have loved you.” This law does nothing but scream hate and judgement to me. Jesus calls us to love one another NO MATTER WHAT. Other people’s sin is not yours to judge, because you are not the ultimate Judge, God is. Hiding behind a bill does nothing but have nonbelievers view us Christians as hypocrites and simply jerks. Where is the love? We have got to start practicing what we preach, and practice it on everyone, not just the select few that seem to be “worthy.”

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