The Religious Freedom Restoration Act Essay

1032 Words Dec 21st, 2016 5 Pages
On March 26, 2015, Gov. Mike Pence officially signed Indiana Senate Bill 101 into law. This bill is titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Indiana General Assembly). By only reading the title of the bill, one might just assume that it sounds like a good idea, because of the first amendment, without looking any further into what the bill actually has to say.Authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, the bill states its purpose is to “prohibit a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person 's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability… [and] prohibit an applicant, employee, or former employee from pursuing certain causes of action against a private employer,” (Indiana General Assembly). In layman’s terms, this means that any company or individual has the right to declare that their religious rights are being “burdened,” and any individual affected by a company’s actions because of this bill, cannot sue the company. This bill has caused a lot of controversy since it was signed and the state of Indiana has even faced a few repercussions. Famous figures, including singer and actress, Cher, as well as Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Isray, have spoken out against it on social media. Isray tweets, “The Colts have always embraced inclusiveness, tolerance, and a diverse fan base. We welcome ALL fans to Colts Nation. ONE FAMILY!” (Twitter). A lot of people feel as though the law gives individual people and businesses room to…

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