“Religion is like a pair of shoes. Find one that fits for you but don’t make me wear your shoes.”
– George Carlin (1937-2008)
It’s hell to be a Hoosier this week. On March 26, the Indiana legislature passed SB 101, titled “Religious Freedom Restoration.” Gov. Mike Pence promptly signed it into law and the howls have rolled “from sea to shining sea.”
From bastions of social propriety like Miley Cyrus and Charles Barkley to the NASCAR organization, and points in between, SB 101 is decried as inviting discrimination, especially against homosexuals.
When asked on a national TV news show whether SB 101 permits discrimination on the basis of orientation, Pence alternately deflected, denied and defended the legislation. By midweek, he shifted and called for legislative action to clarify that the act does not in fact empower discrimination.