an editorial by Vagabond ‘Tony’ Carter
GenCon, gaming convention in Indiana, has published a letter to their attendees and objectors to the new law just signed by the governor of that state. The law in question will prohibit a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s religious beliefs, unless that entity can prove it’s relying on the least restrictive means possible to further a compelling governmental interest. Essentially this says that if a contract worker’s faith is at odds with a government entities request, the contractor can refuse. On the surface that sounds reasonable, even in line with the non-establishment clause of the Bill of Rights 1st Amendment. Opponents, however, point to the broad wording and call it an open door to abuse, and even discrimination – especially against LGBT efforts and persons.
And they have a point, a point that isn’t lost on organizations like GenCon, the NCAA, and others. GenCon, the world’s largest gaming convention, originally threatened to cancel if the bill was signed by Governor Mike Pence. They have instead elected to issue this statement to attendees, speakers and vendors:
As the statement notes, pulling out of Indiana remains an option sometime in the future but for now GenCon intends to double down on insuring that everyone is treated fairly by the Convention and its vendors.
Discrimination, against anyone, is good for no one and I leave this piece with wise words from Superman in the 1960’s