Religious freedom law not as bad or rare as it may seem

After 37 states legalized same sex marriage, the state of Indiana has gotten everyone riled up and ready to fight.
The backlash began last week when Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. News story after news story covered the web as people scrambled to find out what was actually going on.
Apparently, it’s not as bad as it seems, at least to me. “USA Today” stated that “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says the government cannot ‘substantially burden’ a person’s ability to follow their religious beliefs, unless it can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden or do so in the least restrictive way.”
It was put into effect to prevent the government from interfering between people and their religious beliefs, yet those against it think that it’s a pro-discrimination act against the LGBT community. Pence asked himself in a CNN interview “Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no.”
When I think about this situation and how it affects me, I think of my current location. I live in Pennsylvania, and this is occurring in Indiana. The United States Supreme Court is also just months away from deciding whether to rule same sex marriage as legal across the country.
I do want to ask you one question. Do you know that 19 states, including Pennsylvania has some sort of religious freedom act in place? Pennsylvania is also one of the states that does not have an anti-discrimination act. I feel like we should begin by supporting our neighbor, those who could and probably are being treated unequally without the anti-discrimination act here and set a trend for other states.
I also kind of like the idea of a religious freedom law, to a point. I was raised by a former practicing Catholic and a non-practicing Baptist and we went to church only a handful of times. It wasn’t because I wasn’t exposed to religion, given the fact that my father’s side of the family is very religious, but that I simply had no interest or belief in that system. I identified as agnostic for a few years until coming to terms with my own self that I was atheist.
I definitely do not think it would do any good if any religious members of society could go around doing whatever they wanted without the government to keep them in check.
I do believe that everyone should get his or her right to practice however they want, religious or not. For example, with my beliefs, I’d rather not pledge the allegiance the United States under God as much as someone who practices wants to keep that in their daily routine.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act may seem like it’s targeting the LGBT community, but after my research and thoughts, I’ve come to the conclusion that although Mike Pence is opposing to same-sex marriage and refuses to add sexual orientation to the statewide list of protected categories under their anti-discrimination law, this act was solely to keep the government from overstepping their boundaries on citizens and their ability to practice their religious beliefs.

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