I’ve followed the news from Indiana, where Governor Pence, weighing a run for President, has decided to support the right to discriminate:
I’m a nurse, and a person and citizen who strives every day to do right. I’m not a big fan of discrimination or hate. I find both appalling and offensive. I can think of no evidence, for those for whom it matters, against the idea that Jesus and God are equally appalled. Hate stands against the best of all religious and ethical thought. Hate is evil’s best friend and supporter. Religion and religious folks have their rights, yes, of course. We all have rights to our opinions and beliefs, and to express our condemnation of others’ behavior, based on our beliefs. We are also subjects to others’ reactions to our opinions, within the rule of law. Religions can hardly demand the right to punish others AND total immunity from public opinion.
That said, how can a person effectively respond to hate? It’s easy to get angry, to rant and rave, but only action makes much difference. One can make hate costly, shun it, shame it. Make hate pay a price and suffer for it: one can do that.
I’ve done a bit of research. The #BoycottIndiana movement is quite popular at the moment in social media, but how in the world can most of us boycott Indiana, when we’re nowhere near it?
Actually, there are many options:
Boycott companies headquartered in Indiana, for example. Here’s a few:
– All Simon malls. They’re in all 50 states.
– Steak n Shake
– Atlas, Global, and North American Van Lines
– Pay Less Food Markets
– The NCAA. That’s right: March Madness, all of it.
There are also conventions, conferences, tourist venues, and jobs to shunned.
Lots of options! You can shun hate, or you can embrace it. Your choice, of course. Choose well!
Finally, it turns out Indiana is just the latest state to protect and encourage hate. There are 20 states with such laws on the books, including Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Louisiana. Hate is on the march. Time for action!
Your choice, of course:
Support hate, or not.
Protect our Founders’ vision of separation between church and state, or not.
Vote with your business, your money.
Vote with your feet.
It’s a free country, right?
Only if we choose to keep it so, actually.
Do you so choose?