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article imageMississippi signs religious freedom bill

By Eliana Robinson     Apr 5, 2014 in Politics
On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signed into law a measure that allows individuals and organizations to sue the government over laws that they feel obstruct their ability to practice religion.
This is essentially a duplicate of the bill that was vetoed by the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, earlier this year.
Many equal rights groups believe that this bill allows for the outright discrimination of not only gays and lesbians, but also African Americans, women, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, Asians, and anyone else the discriminator chooses to discriminate against. They believe that this law legalizes homophobia, racism, sexism, able-ism, and every other form of hatred. Advocates of this bill are not oblivious to its effects. They are fully aware of the repercussions of their actions.
“I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” said Gov. Bryant in a statement.
Some would argue that this bill is not about religious freedom, that it has nothing to do with what its supporters claim. It has been said that this is yet again another example of people using religious zeal as an excuse for hatred. Religion has been used as an excuse for radicalism throughout the course of history and what we are now seeing is a repeat.
As of now there are 18 states that have passed “religious freedom” laws. The bill goes into effect in July 2014.
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