INDIANAPOLIS — On Organization Day, Senate Republicans filed legislation SB100 and the now offered SB344 which establishes a new class of “special rights” within the LGBT community and specifically incriminates people of faith who desire to operate their businesses with a genuine Christian conscience.
The Indiana Pastors Alliance, an alliance representing more than 500 evangelical, conservative, Christian pastors, is presenting thousands of Hoosiers’ signatures asking their state senators and representatives to clearly say “no” to SB100 and SB344.The alliance will hold a press conference on the south steps of the Statehouse at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The IPA will underscore the five chief reasons for their opposition:
- SB100 penalizes a Christian business person’s success by capping their conscience at no more than four employees. SB344 allows no employee exemption with the exception of wedding related businesses, which is capped at six employees.
- SB100 and SB344 force a Christian to compartmentalize their faith to the location of their local church and their private life.
- SB100 and SB344 discourages economic activity by stating to sincere Christian entrepreneurs that Indiana is not interested in your faith-based business.
- SB100 and SB344 diminishes the breadth and of the First Amendment, which is the standard of religious and individual liberty.
- SB100 and SB344 is the first step on the incremental path of the more radical agenda of the LGBT community, which their activists and leaders have clearly outlined.
“Christian people uphold the value of equal rights for all people. The problem presented in these bills is the creation of special rights for the few while discriminating against a Christian business person’s conscience,” ~ Dr. Kevin Baird
“Sexual orientation and gender identity legislation pose serious problems for the Christian business person, free speech and religious liberty and the overall health of our culture and pluralism. SOGI legislation is radically different from traditional civil rights laws and should not be elevated to a protected class status in the way race is.” — Dr. Ron Johnson