WCVB, via CNN, has a story on the backlash against Mississippi for its religious protection law, especially from the point of people threatening a tourism boycott. Under the law, religious organizations can deny LGBT people marriage, adoption and foster care services; fire or refuse to employ them; and decline to rent or sell them property. Medical professionals will be permitted to refuse to participate in treatments, counseling and surgery related to “sex reassignment or gender identity transitioning.”
State officials have maintained that the law protects sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions.
(Editor’s note: This country was founded on the principle of protecting people’s religious beliefs. That is why the Pilgrims came to America. Would these “tolerant” people who denounce Christians consider forcing Muslim students at secular schools to eat pork? Many Buddhists are vegetarians. Should Buddhist students in schools be forced to eat meat? Having a religious worldview means you believe you must act in certain ways. If you tell a person with deeply held religious beliefs to act in a way that violates those beliefs, you are violating that person’s freedom of religion. That sounds like discrimination to me.)