It's hard to come out against something labeled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Hard, but important.
What's this act? It's an attempt to insulate folks from liability for discrimination if done due to sincere religious belief.
What would it legalize? Well, if it survives an inevitable and expensive constitutional challenge, it would allow public employees, who are paid with our tax dollars, including the tax dollars of the LGBTQ community, to refuse to aid and assist a gay or other LGBTQ person. So a police officer might refuse to intervene in a domestic dispute, or a firefighter to put out a fire, or a doctor to provide CPR, citing religious objections.
People are entitled to have their religious beliefs, but not to incorporate them into government or their role as government employees. This violates the First Amendment's prohibition against the establishment of religion.
The establishment of religion motivation for this legislation is clearly in the recent amendment to add In God We Trust to the Mississippi state seal. Why not in Allah or Yahweh or Gaia or Buddha or Krishna?
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is un-American, unconstitutional and unfortunate. It will make Mississippi a laughingstock, and it will encourage the bigots in our community and government to act out their bigotry in ways that, until this act, decent folk would have assumed unthinkable.
Call or write your legislators and tell them to vote against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Senate Bill 2681.