Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” has ignited a firestorm of controversy over the fact that many say it will be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Various high-profile politicians, business leaders, and entertainers have spoken out against the law, in addition to thousands of others on social media.
— Charles Barkley
Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me … As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.
— Tim Cook (Apple CEO)
America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business … I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate.
We're canceling our 5/7 show in Indianapolis. “Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act” feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination.— WILCO (@Wilco) March 30, 2015
Such a public backlash is unacceptable and it’s time we call it out for what it really is: bigot-phobia.
The public vitriol against the “Religious Freedom” law unfairly targets and victimizes those who identify as bigots and allies of the proud bigot community. It’s bullying, plain and simple. These are the true victims: the homophobes who are alienated at their schools because of their beliefs, the racists who are fired from job after job just for speaking their mind, and the misogynists who no one will sleep with just because they make the women around them live in a constant state of fear.
To cast a light on the serious issue of bigot-shaming, racists, homophobes, anti-semites, Islamophobes, and sexists across the nation have taken to Twitter to share their stories of victimization through the hashtag #yesallbigots. Here are some of the most powerful tweets we’ve seen so far…
Truly inspiring stuff. If you agree with the #yesallbigots campaign, email Indiana Governor Mike Pence to show him your support at http://in.gov/gov/2333.htm or by mail:
Office of the Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
Together we can insure that Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” stays on the books. #yesallbigots