June 14 2024

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Takei Calls For Boycott

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Star Trek‘s George Takei is calling for a boycott of Indiana.

The reason for Takei’s anger is because of a bill, SB101, recently passed in the state.

According to the bill, “state and local government cannot substantially burden a person’s religion, including if that burden stems from a rule, unless the government has a ‘compelling interest’ and it is the ‘least restrictive’ means of doing so.”

This could mean that service could be denied on the basis of religious grounds. Say that a baker did not agree with gay marriage because of his religious beliefs; according to the interpretation of this bill, he could not be forced to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple who came into his business.

Those supporting SB101 believe that it “protects fundamental religious rights,” but opponents believe that it will “legalize discrimination,” especially against same-sex couples.

“I am outraged that Governor Pence would sign such a divisive measure into law,” said Takei. “He has made it clear that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome in his state. The notion that this bill was not driven by animus (hostility) against our community is belied by the record and frankly insulting.

“I will join many in demanding that socially responsible companies withdraw their business, conferences and support from his state and that LGBTs and our friends and supporters refuse to visit or do business with Indiana. It is a sad day for the Hoosier state, and indeed for the many good people of Indiana, for whom this law now stands as a terrible blight upon that state’s reputation.”

“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” said Pence. “I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue.”

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  1. “My civil rights extend only as far as the next American’s civil rights.” – Which is what BOTH sides are saying. This is the problem. Both ‘sides’ in this conflict want something that they claim by their civil rights (1st and 14th amendments, respectively), which the other claims will infringe on their own civil rights if the first side has it. We can argue for days (and people have been) whether the accepting of a commission to bake a cake is truly a reflection of any civil right in a sane world, but whatever one’s stance on the issue, it is important to recognize that both sides are seeking a ‘right’- one, to demand service of any provider without what they perceive as discrimination, and the other not to be forced into what they perceive as participation in a ceremony that they have moral, ethical, or religious objections to. It’s not like there’s a magical ‘well, if you just make THIS side give up their claims, nobody is getting disenfranchised’ situation; it’s a situation in which giving either side what they desire deprives the other side of what they desire- and what, a case can be made, they have a constitutional right to. Failure to recognize the existence of those rights on BOTH sides- hence what makes the situation so tricky- is just as much a ’10th grade’ understanding of the issue as what anyone’s claiming the Indiana law is.

  2. ” it seems you are quick to justify that anybody who doesn’t go along with your beliefs should be labeled as the same.”
    That would be a good summation of The Leftists in this country right now.

  3. Ah. So you call it sanctimony when I point out that you wrongly accused me personally of saying something that I did not say. Further, rather than simply admit you are wrong, or just not respond at all, you attempt to defend your false accusation by attempting to put other peoples’ words in my mouth.

  4. I’m baffled by why you are offended, given that you ostensibly are on this site due to a love of a show that values diversity and equality. Recall shows such as “Let that Be Your Last Battlefield”, “The Outcast”, “Demons”, or “The Devil in the Dark” and tell me Trek doesn’t stand for coexistence and respect for individuals whatever they may look like or however they may act.

  5. Then look up “sanctimonious” and You’ll probably see al your Lefty friends pictures.

  6. Now that I’ve stopped laughing, I’m curious to know what exactly you think you’ve won.

  7. You do realize that Jesus hung out with sinners to say “hey I love you and all and I really want you to get into heaven BUT you’ve GOT to stop sinning”

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