Religious freedom debate brings Arkansas and Indiana to the forefront

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New legislation allegedly meant to protect religious freedom is being called by many in the US, an avenue to discriminate against the gay community. CCTV’s Jim Spellman explains.

Religious freedom debate brings Arkansas and Indiana to the forefront

Religious freedom debate brings Arkansas and Indiana to the forefront

A new legislation that's supposed to protect religious freedom but some say it's just an avenue to discriminate against the gay community. CCTV's Jim Spellman explained how two states became the center of this divisive issue.

Highlights:

  • The US state of Indiana has passed a law known as RFRA (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act).
  • It’s stated intent is to allow people to practice religion freely.
  • About 20 states have since enacted their own similar laws, but the Indiana measure goes further, potentially giving individuals, businesses and even large corporations the right to deny services to anyone if serving them would betray religious beliefs.
    • Munner413

      So Tim Cook, Apple CEO, is a bit outraged at developments in Indiana because of their newly implemented RRFA and the perceived damage that could be done to LGBTer’s.

      In Saudi Arabia homosexuality is punishable by death. Or by floggings & lashings, or death by hangings and beheadings (Huffington post). Even a non-Muslim man who ‘commits’ sodomy with a Muslim man can be stoned to death (Washington post) – and not with cannabis.

      Let’s not even discuss the plight of women in Saudi Arabia. But Tim, at least please consider what Saudi Crown Prince Abdul Aziz said to the UN “It is absurd to impose on an individual or a society rights that are alien to its beliefs or principles. (Humans rights watch)” I mean honestly, what better example of the phrase “when in Rome, do as the Romans do…” It is quite obvious Tim, that you subscribe to this mentality. Your words and actions are proof positive.

      But the pure unadulterated beauty of you Tim, Apple, Saudi Arabia, and all the hubbub, is this; I support you, and I support your choice to freely choose who you wish to do business with – or not to do business with if you so choose.

      Your decision to do business in Saudi Arabia – “Apple has been given the green light by the Saudi Arabian government to fully operate in the region (9two5mac.com)” – speaks volumes to this issue. Thank you for the enlightenment. And thank the powers that be that you were not compelled to make one particular choice on this matter. After all, where would Apple be today if it were not for their ability to weigh principles over profits.

      Thank you Tim..

      Munner413

      Yahooooooooo…