What Does It Mean To Be American? A Look at the Religious Freedom Bill

What does it mean to be an American? A far-reaching question that clearly does not have one straightforward, definitive answer. There is a huge sense of freedom here, the belief you have the right to be who you are and to live, unencumbered, as you choose – but how much of a reality is that?

The recent signing into law in Indiana to allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers is a slap in the face for ‘freedom’ – you can argue that the religious people who own companies and businesses should have the freedom to decide who they serve, but it seems like a slippery slope. What group of people next? If your deeply held religious views make you so against one group of people that you cannot even consider having them in your establishment, then do not be in a role of public service.

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Really, what does this all mean? Will gay people have to identify themselves in some way so as to make it easy for them to de denied service? Are we all going to have to declare our sexual preferences when we try and book a hotel room, order a cake for a party, buy clothes, order a coffee, buy some music etc? Will there be signs indicating a companies religious preferences so gay people can avoid them?

I am truly perplexed as to what it means to be free in America – perplexed because it seems you can have all the freedoms and equalities you want as long as there is a forced conformity. Surely if there is freedom and equality for one, it should be for all?

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4 thoughts on “What Does It Mean To Be American? A Look at the Religious Freedom Bill

  1. Jamie says:

    Well said!! I don’t comment often, but wanted to chime in on this one. As an American abroad, it’s crap like this that I constantly have to answer for, and it sucks. It’s terrible to watch this kind of stuff from afar, but perhaps slightly easier to not have to be a part of it. The fact that I never have to hear Fox News unless I deliberately force myself to in my normal life is quite nice at least. With Indiana, I can only hope that, as with similar situations in the past (Cali’s Prop 8 comes to mind), they’ll come to their senses soon enough. So unfortunate that few pay any attention to these crazy bills and things until they’re already passed, rather than be involved consistently in the political process.

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    • Molly @ The Move to America says:

      I hope they come to their senses soon too, as this really could set a precedent. I find it so hard to be ok with this as it seems to smack of hypocrisy as one religious group feels discriminated against or at a disadventage and so they get free reign to discriminate within the law now! If you did not like how it made you feel, why wish that on others?
      I get that freedom needs to extend to religious people, but to say one form of discrimination is ok on one specific group of people based on one type of Christianity (not everyone follows this type nor even this religion … so why does it get preference?).
      No discrimination is ok, no matter where it comes from, so religious people and everyone else should just accept that you can’t do it no matter who you are or what you believe.

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  2. mrsteepot says:

    Very interesting. And shocking that, in this day and age, people are allowed to refuse service to people based on who they love. I can’t get my head around it at all. Some parts of America seem to enlightened, others seem to be stuck in the dark ages.

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    • Molly @ The Move to America says:

      You are so right – for such a powerhouse and progressive country (generally) it has set equality back 100 years – what next – stickers that say ‘No Gays, No Blacks, No Irish, No Women, No disabled, No Jews, No Muslims …’ the list could go on. It is so disappointing.

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