#BoycottIndiana: Big Names React To Passage Of Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill (TWEETS)

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Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law on Thursday and America is outraged. The act legalizes biblically inspired bigotry.

Now Indiana based businesses and organizations have the right to refuse service to those offending their religious beliefs. The law is intended to allow discrimination against the LGBT community, but atheists, Muslims and divorcees could be targeted. Really, anyone violating a biblical passage is at risk for discrimination.

I’m sorry, but it wasn’t okay when the bible was used to justify slavery. It wasn’t okay when religion was used to deny marriage to interracial couples. It’s not okay to use the bible to justify bigotry toward same-sex couples today.

America agrees and the floodgates of outrage have opened. The hashtag #BoycottIndiana is trending on Twitter. Celebrities, CEOs, organizations, politicians and athletes are lashing out at Indiana and Gov. Pence over this medieval law.

REACTION FROM THE BUSINESS SECTOR

Business leaders are hitting Indiana where it hurts most, their pocket book.

Gen Con has announced it will have to reconsider holding their annual convention in Indiana. A loss of $50 million annually to the state.

The NCAA released a statement which says, in part,

“Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.”

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says they will be avoiding the state entirely:

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Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp, delivered an open letter to all states that intend to discriminate,

“… it is unconscionable to imagine that Yelp would create, maintain, or expand a significant business presence in any state that encouraged discrimination by businesses against our employees, or consumers at large.”

REACTION FROM ORGANIZATIONS AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS

The Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, is headquartered in Indiana. They sent a letter to Pence stating they may move their general conference to a more tolerant state:

“…The recent passage in the state legislature of the RFRA bill is distressing to us,” the letter read. “It is causing us to reconsider our decision to hold our 2017 gathering in Indianapolis.”

Freedom Indiana, a coalition that has been fighting against the RFRA from the beginning released this statement,

“The lawmakers didn’t listen. The governor didn’t listen. They ignored huge job creators and small businesses. They ignored churches and other institutions of faith. They dismissed the idea that a license to discriminate would make us unappealing to visitors and potential residents.”

Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, had this to say:

“The Indiana General Assembly and Governor have sent a dangerous and discriminatory message with this new law. They’ve basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it’s OK to discriminate against people despite what the law says.”

REACTION FROM CELEBRITIES, POLITICIANS AND ATHLETES

Star Trek star and gay rights activist George Takei voiced his outrage on Facebook,

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Tony award winning Broadway star Audra McDonald not only condemned the law on Twitter, but vowed to give all proceeds from two upcoming gigs in Indiana to the Human Rights Campaign:

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Miley Cyrus called Pence an a**hole on Instagram:

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Hillary Clinton said we shouldn’t discriminate against those we love,

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Keith Olbermann has called on the NCAA and NFL to pull all games out of Indy:

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Ashton Kutcher is outraged:

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Larry King finds the RFRA absurd and insulting:

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Montel Williams took a jab at Pence:

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Author John Green is saddened and embarrassed by his home state,

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Former NFL player Chris Kluwe has recommends the NFL boycott Indiana:

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Tennis great Martina Navratilova finds the RFRA offensive beyond belief:

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Pat McAfee, punter for the Indianapolis Colts, had a question for Pence:

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I’M PISSED AND I WANT TO DO SOMETHING.

If you’re upset and want to take action, here are a few things you can do.

1) Sign MoveOn.org’s petition to recall Gov. Mike Pence.

2) Engage with Freedom Indiana, the Human Rights Campaign and others fighting against laws justifying bible based bigotry.

3) There are an incredible number of conventions and events taking place in Indiana. Major venues include: Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ask these groups to move their business to another state.

4) Ask these businesses headquartered in Indiana how they plan to prevent employees from experiencing discrimination.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info