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Do freedom of religion laws allow for discrimination?

April 8, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law in late March, there was an immediate backlash from civil rights groups and businesses that said the law allowed for discrimination because of someone’s sexuality or gender identity.

Pence and the state legislature quickly amended the law, protecting sexual orientation and gender identity from discriminatory actions. Pence said he was surprised at the criticism because he said the bill was similar to RFRA laws passed in 19 other states and a 1993 federal law that was embraced by religious and civil rights groups.

So why the backlash now?

Signed by President Bill Clinton, the 1993 federal law was aimed at protecting religious practices from unnecessary intrusion by the government. Since the law’s inception, inmates wishing to practice a specific part of their religion that runs counter to the strict codes of conduct and dress have been the primary benefactors, according to Lori Windham from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

But last year, the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that business owners could apply their beliefs to their business practices. After the ruling, states such as Indiana began including businesses and other organizations as entities that can claim religious objections to following certain laws.

Opponents of Indiana’s religious freedom law say that it would allow businesses to claim religious reasons for denying services to people. As an example, they point to florists who refuse to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding because of their religious objection.

Since the state does not have LGTB protections, opponents also say that businesses in Indiana can fire a person because of sexual orientation and cite religious beliefs to avoid a lawsuit for violating civil rights laws. Opponents also say property owners could use the law to deny housing to gay, lesbian and transgender people, in addition to mixed-race or single mothers.

Pence and the law’s supporters say that it is not discriminatory and that it is aimed at protecting religious beliefs from government intrusion. “This is not about discrimination,” Pence said on ABC’s This Week. “This is about empowering people to confront government overreach.”

What do you think?

Does Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act allow for discrimination? How does government rectify the First Amendment right to freely practice religion with civil rights laws that forbid denial of service, employment or housing? Should businesses be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner’s religion? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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10/9/2018
Murrieta/CA
azim smith
Mr. Jabro/MCA
I do not believe businesses should be allowed to deny business to certain groups of people or those who follow a specific religion. This allows for discrimination which should not be tolerated under any circumstances

4/12/2018
Murrieta/CA
Megan
Jabro/MCA
In my opinion, religion should not be a justification for denying a customer or employee of certain work. In fact, religion should never cross over with law under any circumstances. It is part of separation of church and state. The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is being used against specific religions when the whole idea was to provide all backgrounds with equal opportunity. As far as rectifying the laws that forbid denial of service, I think the reasoning should have to be free of any attack on religion, race, or sexual orientation.

3/13/2018
Murrieta
Jonathan
Jabro
I feel people have rights to whatever religion they want and shouldn’t have to give up their rights for comfortability of others because if they are forced to do that then they are losing their freedoms which is not what America is about

12/19/2017
Magnolia
Faith
Metzger/ Magnolia west
I believe that you should be able to practice what ever religion you please. I also believe that if your religion does not agree with something then then you should stand firm in your faith. Regardless of if people don't agree you aren't doing it for the people you're doing it for your faith. Denying someone a service because you don't agree makes since in my eyes but I believe you should be cordial about the situation. Just think there is the saying “no shoes, no shirt, no service.” that is just a general statement denying service to someone and is not personal.

11/27/2017
murrieta
Parker Belle
Mca Jabro
In my opinion freedom of religion should be allowed just like freedom of speech even if you disagree with what they belive. people are discriminated all the time from other sources or beecause certin people are looking to link everthing to race and start a debate.

11/14/2017
Sidney/MT
Kyle
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that a business owner should be allowed to run their business as they wish. The RFRA is not discriminatory. The act would simply be an aid to get businesses out of a legal struggle if the need arose, and in all reality if a person is refused service, most of the time they simply choose another place to give their service to and therefore never return to the place that refused them. However the RFRA does leave a gaping hole: how can you prove that it’s religious and not discrimination? You simply cannot. I personally feel that if a business turns customers away, they fully understand that they will lose service, and if a business owner is not comfortable with a certain scenario, they have all the reason not to go into it. Overall, government does not need to be involved with something so minor as the refusal of a service. If a business chooses to perform their religious beliefs, let them. If their business starts going downhill for their actions, let it happen without government intervention. If a person is offended by being refused, let them figure it out and learn about the situation rather than be coddled.

11/10/2017
Sidney/MT
Carson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that businesses have the right to choose how to conduct one’s business and freedom to practice one’s religion in one’s practice of business. With freedom to conduct ones business as one would like to, the market solves the general problem of private discrimination, because if one person decides to discriminate against Jews or blacks or gays, he or she loses money and can be put out of business for his or her policy. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana states that “a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” This states that if the government does act against someone in violation of that person’s religious principles, he or she can assert that violation “as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding.” I believe that the RFRA is not discriminatory and that its purpose is to protect religious beliefs from government from intrusion on the peoples rights.

11/10/2017
Sidney, MT
Madison
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Although RFRA is meant to reinforce the right of business owners to exercise their First Amendment right, it does leave a loophole for discrimination. There is no way to prove if a business chooses to deny service to someone based entirely on their religious beliefs or because of their sexual identity . However, I think that if a business owner wants to deny service to someone in either situation and therefore reduce their company's revenue, it should be their choice. Also, if those business owners want to fire an employee based on their sexual identity, that is their right. I think the biggest issue within this topic is that the LGTB community is actively forcing their beliefs onto business owners, while those business owners are simply trying to live up to their own moral standards and beliefs. I thought that Pence's final quote was a little contradictory considering that he is trying to "empower people to confront government overreach" by using government power to create the RFRA.

11/9/2017
Sidney/MT
Myka
Mr. Faulhaber
The RFRA does not represent discrimination. This act is portraying the fact that religious freedoms and values should be protected, and respected as well. The government can rectify the First Amendment right by amending a clause that states any owner of business has the right to refuse service to anyone who oversteps their religious boundary. For example, if a gay couple walk into a bakery, ask a Christian baker to bake a wedding cake for them, and he refuses because his religion doesn't support gay marriage, they should respect his values and move on. Lets say that they didn't respect his values, and made him bake them a cake. This wouldn't only make the couple feel less discriminated, but it would also take the baker's religious freedoms away from him as well. That being said, this could always go either way on unfairness, not just one side. A business should be allowed to deny service to someone because of their religious values, if the business owner is a private owner, because if it is their business, it is their decision. They should also be able to hold their First Amendment right that ensures the Freedom of Religion.

11/9/2017
Sidney, MT
Naomi
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Religous Freedom Restoration Act does not allow for discrimination. It allows for people to practice their religion; when practing a religion you carry it into your daily lives, it’s a lifestyle. If a religous person decides not to do a certain act or knows they cannot follow through with a certain act this will allow them to pull away from the situation. If there is a point where religous people are not allowed to practice their beliefs, what will be next? Will the next step be for them to not preach behind the pulpit about anything that willl affend anyone? Going into the business, they have a right to practice their beliefs if they are the owners. If a person does not go there they can chose not to apply at that organization.

11/9/2017
Sidney, MT
Luke
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
As Indiana's RFRA stipulates that "a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion unless it is (1) in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest," I do not believe that any refusal of service based on sexual identity or orientation should result in governmental intervention. If a business owner doesn’t want to serve somebody, that buyer can take their business elsewhere. Presumably, that storeowner would lose the business of that buyer and those who side with their beliefs. Those are the simple consequences of that choice. On the other hand, the storeowner could also gain the support and business of individuals who agree with their beliefs, allowing them to stay in business. Ultimately, this issue shouldn’t be decided by the government, but by the people. If a business owner gains a reputation for denying service to certain groups, other citizens may boycott them until they are either forced to change their stance or go out of business. The government doesn’t need to – and shouldn’t have to – intervene every time somebody’s feelings get hurt.

11/9/2017
Sidney/MT
Jocee
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Yes, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. RFRAs lead to a slippery slope in which business owners can use the terms of religion to cover discrimination of race, sexual orientation, and even other religions. The dissonance between the First Amendment right to practice religion and civil rights laws forbidding denial of service, employment, or housing was created because of situations in which religion was being used discriminatoraly. Businesses should not be allowed to justify refusal of business due to religion. It should be the freedom to practice religion to an extent. For example, you can be a Mormon Fundamentalist but you cannot practice polygamy. As stated before, it is opening a slippery slope in which business owners can cover unlawful discrimination with the nonchalent phrase: "it's against my religion".

11/9/2017
Sidney/MT
Breanna
Frank
I believe Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow for discrimination. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act was designed to protect one's religious conscience from intrusion by the government. Business owners have the right to refuse service if they have a clear and compelling case as to why service was denied. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows citizens to freely exercise their religious beliefs, publicly or privately. In the First Amendment it is stated that "no law can be made respecting religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech." Business owners may lose money or be negatively affected, yet it is important to stand up for one's convictions. Therefore, the First Amendment allows a business owner to refuse service based on their religious beliefs.

11/9/2017
Sidney, MT
Tierney Messmer
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow for discrimination. Mike Pence specifically states in an article on CNN Politics that, "This bill is not about discrimination. And if I thought it was about discrimination I would have vetoed it." Rather, the RFRA protects religious practices from the government's invasion. I think businesses should have the right to deny services to someone if it goes against their religion. Obviously, businesses are trying to make money, and by denying service for something going against their religious beliefs means they are serious about their religion, considering they are willing to deny the chance to make money off of that customer. The business owners have their own set of beliefs, I don't think they should have to violate those religious views in order to serve a customer. The baker in Colorado, for example, should have the right to deny service of making a wedding cake for a gay marriage since his religious belief is that a marriage is of one man and one woman. All in all, I don't think Indiana's RFRA is discriminatory, and I think businesses have the right to deny service if it goes against their religious beliefs.

11/9/2017
Sidney,MT
Tierrany Trudell
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I do not believe that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. This act protects business owners from the government. The act reinforces that they are still allowed to practice their beliefs and religion and apply those beliefs and practices to their businesses. This goes along with the First Amendment and the right to practice religion freely. That being said, businesses are justified denying services to someone.

10/27/2017
Lancaster/ CA
Victoria
SOAR High School
The RFRA laws in Indiana and similar ones in the nineteen other states with such laws ask the simple question, "Whose rights are more important?" The idea behind the laws is to better protect the religious aspect of the first amendment by allowing businesses to use their religious beliefs with their business practices, however it opens up a door for discrimination of groups that religious people can't tolerate . This law would be allowing them to fire, refuse service or block from employment specific groups. The irony of this law is that more religious freedoms and rights are granted to religious people throughout America, by lawmakers, than are granted to LGBT people in terms of rights and freedoms from discrimination in businesses in workplaces.

10/23/2017
MURRIETA CA
austin
MCA JABRO
I don't believe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. Business owners have the right to refuse service to anyone if they violate a store's policy or create damage. Business owners should be allowed to deny service to someone if it is against their religion.

10/20/2017
Murrieta Ca
Justin
Jabro/MCA
The Act does allow some people to be discriminated against which is morally wrong. Businesses should not be able to justify services because of there religion, evrryone should be treated as equal.

10/20/2017
Murrieta/CA
Kiara
Jabro/MCA
Indiana's Religious Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. Businesses should not be allowed to deny services to someone because of the owners religion.

10/18/2017
murrieta
sophie
jabro
Yes, they use stereotypes as an excuse to discriminate against people who don't deserve that negativity. Most businesses aren't negative towards anybody, but some won't sell to certain people because of their religion.

10/18/2017
murrieta ca
kendall
jabro
businesses are allowed to choose who their employees are if its based on religion or not its their right i dont necessarily think thats right but if its their business theyre allowed to choose who they want and dont want.

10/18/2017
murrieta ca
jaydee
jabro/mca
Yes it does because they allow businesses to deny people based off of th.e way they dress or speak. No businesses cant justify denying services to someone because of the owners religion because that is discriminating and that is wrong.

10/18/2017
Murrieta/CA
Dalen
Jabro/MCA
I believe that the Religious Freedom Act allows discrimination by allowing businesses to deny people based off of the way they dress and speak from their religion.People should be allowed to believe in what ever they want to.

10/18/2017
Murrieta/CA
Dalen
Jabro/MCA
I believe that the Religious Freedom Act allows discrimination by allowing businesses to deny people based off of the way they dress and speak f

10/16/2017
murrieta
porsha
Mr.jabro/MCA
i think that every one is equal and they shouldnt be denied something because of their religion

10/13/2017
Murrieta
Allyssa
Jabro/MCA
Businesses shouldn't be allowed to deny services to someone because of their religion. It goes against America being "free" because you're denying someone the right of service because of their religion. No one has the right to force someone not to believe in that religion.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Mt
Patrick Prince
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow discrimination. The government use the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause to explain that you can believe in any religion you want. Yes, business can deny the serving of someone because of their belief.

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
jason
Mr.faulhaber
i feel like no can tell yyou what religion to study no matter what it is it should be up to you

10/12/2017
sidney/montana
leonard
faulhaber/sidney high school
you should be able to practice any religion you want. Should not be fire because of your religion. That's discrimination there is way to say it.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Isak Rosales
Mr.Faulhaber
I do not think the any Businesses should be allow to refuse service to anyone Based on gender or sexuality. Anyone should be able the follow whatever religion non-religion he/she wishes.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Shawn
Mr. Faulhaber
Indiana's religious freedom act does allow discrimination. If someone doesn't like you at work one off you will be fired so they isn't any fights over anything and then no law suits.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Abby
Brad Faulhaber
I think that people, such as those who believe in their own religion should be allowed to do their practices and their religion.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Kade
Mr. Faulhaber
I agree with AJ. If the states religious freedom act allows discrimination than it would be ok to fire someone to avoid a lawsuit.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Coy Hermanson
Mr. Faulhaber
I do not find the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to promote discriminatory action against those whom business owners would find unsavory to service. It does, however, permit business owners to use discretion based upon their religious beliefs when determining whether or not to service individuals.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Conner
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
Indiana's Religious Freedom Act can potentially allow for discrimination. If something is discriminatory or not should depend on the context of the situation. Whether or not you are able to deny service, should also be contextually based, while employment and housing should be to a lesser extent. In most scenarios, they shouldn't be able to deny service based on the owner's religion. But in some scenarios, it might be acceptable to.

10/12/2017
Sidney/ MT
Torey Dahl
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow discrimination. It lets businesses to deny service to people that have views that don't match their views. I think that the businesses should not be allowed to deny service because of their beliefs. It would also be not very smart to refuse service because they would be losing out on that customers service.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Kolby W
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don't believe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. Business owners have the right to refuse service to anyone if they violate a store's policy or make a scene. Business owners should be allowed to deny service to someone if it is against their religion. If being gay is against the owner's religion they should be entitled to refuse service.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Randy
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
The RFRA can allow discrimination when the person that manipulates it makes it so the minority groups don't get the same treatment as the other groups. Such as when the florist didn't provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. I don't think that business owners should be able to deny someone service because of their religion or how they present themselves in the world. You should be able to freely practice your religion as you choose, but if you are using it to deny service to a certain group of people that would be in violation of their free exercise.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Morgan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the Religion Freedom Restoration Act allows discrimination. It is allowing businesses, land owners and such to refuse service to certain people based on religious beliefs, which would probably happen with or without this act anyways. The First Amendment gives the freedom of speech and religion which comes into play in this case. The religion people practice should not come into play in the professional work forces nor should your religion decide which jobs you can or cannot have and how much you get paid.

10/12/2017
Sidney High School
Cody Davis
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that it does allow discrimination because of free speech, to an extent however. Discrimination is an invisible line that is sometimes hard to find.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Kyle D.
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
Indiana's RFRA does allow discrimination, it allows businesses and the owners to deny services of people based on their religious beliefs. If the business is willing to lose money then so be it.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Waylon
Mr. Faulhaber
Indiana's RFRA allows for discrimination because people who do not accept homosexuals, transgenders, or other races even can refuse to let them live in their complexes or work for them. The government rectifies this by saying that the RFRA is for people to practice their own religion and not having to worry about how other people practice their religion which allows them to bypass civil rights laws. Lastly, a business should not be able to deny service based on a persons religion because it serves no purpose or changes anything in the sense for it to be logical enough to reject them.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Joe
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
Businesses should be allowed to turn down customers. When they turn down a customer based on religion, they are losing business and money. If they are willing to do that, let them.

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
Sawyor Thogersen
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
I don't think they should deny someone because of their religion. I think anyone should have a shot at the job if they are capable of doing so.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Max Peters
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
I think that a businesses owner should have the right to deny service to who ever he pleases. The owner is able to do this under the freedom of religion law, so that he can believe what he or she would like to believe.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Jesse Johnson
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe every religion and there are people who will discriminate another person or group. It is not right for a person to do so. You should be allowed to follow any religion. Some may be discriminating but not everyone in that religion is like that. Businesses should not be allowed to not have business to a certain type of people. The government should not force the people to have a religion.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Tesa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for religious protection from the government but does not allow business owners to discriminate based on their sexual orientation. You should not be able to ask those questions when someone wants to apply to your business. You cannot deny people based on what they believe. There is a fine line between discrimination and what people want you to be. There are many religions in the United States and we need to honor each and every one of them. You cannot discriminate against your employees. All in all, the religious freedom laws should allow people to practice their religion however they choose too, but they must not force their beliefs onto others.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Chase
Mr. Faulhaber
I do not think the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination because it is to protect people from the government. Businesses have to accommodate the employees or renters. No, businesses should not be allowed to deny employment because of religion. They should have to allow free exercise.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Mt
Alec L.
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
I think that business owners should be able to deny service based on their beliefs. That business owner has the right to believe whatever he or she wants, and if that means denying service to someone based on that person's beliefs then so be it. The constitution doesn't always give the fairest solutions but what is right. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows people to act on their beliefs. They shouldn't discriminate, but have the right to refuse service.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
chase
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The government makes it clear that it is not discriminatory and that it is about "empowerment". Businesses should not be allowed to deny services to people based on the owners or costumers religious beliefs. The only reason this would be considerable is if there religion prohibits them from doing something required in a transaction between businesses or costumers.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Lauryn
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for businesses to discriminate against certain religions and lifestyle choices. I get that certain religions view homosexuality as a sin and that to them any other religion is false, however, I don't think that business owners should not be able to refuse service to customers because of it.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Trenton L
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
Yes, freedom of religion laws allow discrimination of religion, if and only if it discriminates against all religions fora secular belief.

10/12/2017
Sidney/ Montana
Troy
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
No, discrimination is wrong no matter who you are.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Kaydrianna
Faulhaber/SHS
Discrimination against one because they don't have the same religion as you, is just rightfully WRONG. Businesses should be to anyone despite the religion, race, or sexual orientation

10/12/2017
sidney
Jarod
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe the act does allow discrimination, it needs to be appealed because in the new era everything and everyone should be equal no matter who or what they believe in. Thats what makes this the best country on earth.

10/12/2017
sidney mt
jordan
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
I believe that the RFR act allows for discrimination because it allows for business owners to refuse service to certain people because of the business owners religious morals.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Riley
Mr. Faulhaber
Businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to people based on their religion. If the customer is being disrespectful to the business owner and their religion or beliefs, then the business can refuse service.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Mt.
Alex Messer
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that to a point Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act could be used as a way to discriminate, but I also think that the owner does have the right to do with their business as they please (as far as hobby lobby is concerned). But overall I do not think that is it acceptable to discriminate on race or creed.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Jaden
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think it is okay to practice any religion you wish, but I also believe that the people who are practicing their certain religion need to understand the fact that other people may not have the same views as others and don't always agree with said religion.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Xander
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
Every business has the right to deny service but should be for other reasons not for race, religion, gender, or even sexual orientation.

10/12/2017
sidney/montana
ty
Mr.Faulhaber /sidney
i think that it does allow for discrimination. but in all reality, i feel that it is the business owners choice who they do business with.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Ben
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I do believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows discrimination. Business owners have the right to refuse service to anyone. Then again if it is refusal based on their religion or sex it should not be allowed. If this act got place then businesses would then start denying people for outrageous reasons so I say we leave it as it. We live in a free country and that should mean no matter your sex or race there should be no refusal of service.

10/12/2017
sidney mt
jake
Mr. faulhaber
if its not a government run company they have the right who is fired or hire and who gets served. so that means its not unconstitutional.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Mt
Halie
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I do not believe that businesses should turn down someone just because they believe in a certain religion or are not aquatinted with a certain religion that you are. Discrimination has never been seen to be okay and I’m sure in the future it will never be seen okay, as well.

10/12/2017
Sidney/ Montana
Emily
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that your place of businesses should not be able to stop you from practicing your beliefs or how you feel about your sexuality. Even though a business is a privet organization, it is not okay to make a person feel like their religion or what they worship is wrong. I think that the Religious Freedom Laws is a direct line to discrimination. This is an easy was for a business owner to be absolutely bias towards a specific denomination, religion or gender.

10/12/2017
sidney MT
skylar
faulhaber/ sidney
The business owners do have a right to refuse service to anyone but I also don’t think it’s right to discriminate against any because of sex, religion, or same sex-marriage

10/12/2017
sidney, Mt
anthony
Mr. Faulhaber
i believe that someones religion does not give them a right to discriminate against anyone just because of their lifestyle.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Sandra
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that this act is a good way to lowkey discriminate against the minority. The state does not have restrictions, so therefore if a very conservative employer hires, unknowingly at the time of hire, a homosexual and later finds out about their sexuality, the employer can fire them. This means the minority does not get the chance to prove themselves. The same goes for religion. If a catholic employer unknowingly hires a person of Judaism, he would be able to fire him just for that reason. This goes against the Free Exercise Clause because it is not giving a person the chance to prove what they are capable of based on their religious beliefs.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Mt
Jade
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe that people should be able to discriminate and be able to refuse services to anyone. Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn’t necessarily allow for discrimination directly but it does give people the right to do what they want. People should be allowed to discriminate if they choose as long as they aren’t causing violence. If I was a business owner I would want to be able to pick who I give my services to if I don’t give my services to someone I am the one losing the money.

10/12/2017
Sidney Mt
Tyler
Mr. Faulhaber
Discrimination can't be allowed at any point in time. Assuming someone's gender is very bad idea because not only will you get in trouble but you'll probably get a little beating from the person you just assumed and that won't be fun for you at all.

10/12/2017
sidney montana
beau partridge
Mr.Faulaber
I think this is complete BS. Just because ones religion is strictly Adam and Eve. Reality check, god "created" EVERYONE and everyone was born a certain way. So to have a religious group have the power to deny gays, and other groups their basic rights is beyond discrimination. That's free power given to judgemental and ignorant people. which needs to stop.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Kiana
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
No, the businesses shouldn’t be able allowed to justify denying the service to someone because of the owner’s religion. Just because someone has a different belief doesn’t mean they can let the certain religion get in the way of getting an income for the business. All they have to do is sell the product and the person is on the way. Just because you sold the product doesn’t mean you agree with them, it could simply mean you are being civil.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
John
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that this act allows for some discrimination. I think, however, that a business should be able to deny someone services based on their religion. If that person owns the business it is there choice on who to serve and who not to serve because they are the owner and the ones who run the business.

10/12/2017
SHS
Jordan
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that if you have a religious belief then stick to it don’t involve anyone or anyone else’s beliefs. If you don’t believe in birth control then don’t take it but don’t judge on the people who do. As we all same sex marriages if you think gays and lesbians are gross and are sinners well then don’t be that way just don’t hate on people who are that way everyone has the right to be who they want to be don’t try to change that.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Blake Lunderby
Sidney High School
I feel that after time, people’s opinions and views of things change. That might be why there was so much negative feedback on the newly passed laws. In Indiana, an employee can be fired because of their sexual orientation and sometimes their religious beliefs. In my opinion, that should not be possible because those things don’t directly affect the quality of work. Also, it is said that property owners could use the law to turn down people of mixed race and single mothers. This seems a bit excessive. The law is discriminatory.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Peyton
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was created to protect the religious conscience of people, not to discriminate. In the Hobby Lobby case, the owners could not consciously condone the use of birth control. This is what the law was aimed to protect. Denying house, for example, should not be allowed in this law, and should be seen as discriminatory. People shouldn’t be denied for who they are, but others shouldn’t be forced to support what they do.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Lina Langwald
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I do believe that the RFRA does allow discrimination. Businesses shouldn’t be able to fire their employees based on their religious beliefs. That is discrimination. Denying service to someone is different. For example, a Catholic priest will not marry two homosexual people because of their religious beliefs.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Katie W
Faulhaber
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow discrimination. It is allowing the majority to do things however they please and treating the minority like they’re garbage. This Act also would allow Indiana to fire people based on their sexual orientation, and allow them to do so pretty much by saying “Oh well this person is gay, or this woman who is now a man goes against my religious beliefs, so we’re going to have to let you go.” I also believe it is alright to business owners can restrict service to some extent, but denying people housing, employment opportunities. We are all human, we look for the same things in life, and most of us just want to be excepted for who we are and what we believe in, and it’s not fair for the majority to be allowed constitutionally, but not the minority.

10/12/2017
Sidney / Montana
Kelly
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I believe that Indiana's RFRA allows for discrimination. I do not believe that they should be able to do so. Businesses shouldn't be able to deny services to someone because of their religion. People should also not be denied housing too.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Ally McLaughlin
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does open up the door for discrimination of all kinds. This allows businesses to deny service to people of the LGBT community and others. Honestly, denying someone else to buy your goods because they are different from you is just ridiculous especially as a business owner. You’re out there to make money, not force your beliefs on everyone else. You deny people because of your beliefs, you lose money without a doubt. Discrimination is just horrible and you should not be able to justify your discrimination because of your religious beliefs.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Ryan Horner
Fhualaber / Sidney high school
I don’t believe that the religious freedom restoration act allows for discrimination. I believe that it allows owners of companies to practice their religious beliefs without the fear of losing everything that they have worked for. I believe that company should be able to deny service to certain individuals if it violates the religious beliefs of the owner or staff. The ability of religious freedom should be open to everyone no matter how big or small.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Daloton
Mr. Faulhabar
Does Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination because they are allowed to fire someone because of sexual orientation and of their religious beliefs. A home owner can deny someone who is gay, lesbian and transgender, mixed race and a single mother. there should be no discriminatory

10/12/2017
Sidney Mt
Jace
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for some discrimination. The government should need proof from the owner of the business to prove their religion and tell the government why certain things violate their religious conscious. However, I do believe that business owners should be allowed to deny services to people due to their religion. Although some owners will claim to be religious even though they are not. I believe that the owners shouldn’t have to violate their religious conscious. There may be some discrimination, but no matter what we do there will always be discrimination in the world. Therefor I believe that the owners should be allowed to deny services.

10/12/2017
Sidney High School
Josephine Langwald
Mr. Faulhaber
I don’t believe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows discrimination. People can believe whatever they want to because they have freedom of religion but they can’t deny people service because they don’t share their beliefs. Religious people don’t have the right to discriminate against sexuality or gender identity because just like they have the right to their beliefs so do the people that they would discriminate.

10/12/2017
Montana
Garrison
Sidney High
I think the law allows for some discrimination, but does not target the subject directly. The government is allowing people, specifically business owners in this case, to freely express their religious beliefs which I think is okay. The government does not want to intrude on this right that the people have. The law specifically does not bring about discrimination, but it is the business owners who choose to do so. Personally, I am not much of a supporter of the LGBT group, but as a business owner I would still provide services to the people, as you should still help those in need. I think the business owners should be able to express their religious beliefs, but not in a way restricting those people from getting housing or jobs.

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
Christopher O.
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
I think that this law allows for discrimination. But their discriminating because of there religious views. businesses have the right to refuse anyone service and if they dont want to serve someone because of a religious purpose than that's fine. This law is fine in my eyes so long and the business doesn't exploit this and for example not want to buy birth control for women "because of religious views" when the only reason they don't want to purchase this is because they don't want to have to spend the money.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Kaelyn
Mr. Faulhaber
I do believe that it allows for discrimination. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of their religion. The law is trying to protect religious beliefs from government intrusion, but it is also discriminatory.

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
Connor
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I do think it allows for discrimination in some forms, like firing an employee for their orientation should not be allowed and the same goes for housing. I think when it comes to the refusal of service from a business that is perfectly fine because that business owner is a private entity and should be allowed to refuse service to whoever they want to. If the business owners want to refuse service then the LGTB person, that person can go find a business that is in support of their sexuality and orientation. It is like if someone does not like buying a vehicle from a certain dealership then they can go find a different place to buy a vehicle.

10/12/2017
Sidney / Montana
Aarica
Mr. Faulhaber / SHS
There’s room for discrimination in any situation, including Indiana’s RFRA. Businesses deny service to groups and individuals based on religious beliefs all the time, as long as it’s within the law. Just because a business owner has certain religious beliefs and can deny service doesn’t mean it’s right. A good Christian employer who’s against gay marriage may deny service to someone who doesn’t match the sexual orientation they believe in; an actual good Christian wouldn’t deny the service anyway because Christianity teaches to hate the sin love the sinner. Unless their religion teaches to deny service to certain people, they shouldn’t. This doesn’t stop people because the law allows people to discriminate.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Katie
B. Faulhaber
The RFRA seems like it could discriminate people. But it’s just people following what they believe in. The government rectifies the First Amendment by creating the Free Exercise Clause. The Free Exercise Clause gives people the right to practice any religion. I believe the owner of the business has the right to deny services if it is not a part of the government. But if it a private business then they can make the decision of who they can sell to.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Ethan
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow for discrimination because it specifically protects people from discrimination. The act protects religious people from being discriminated against and from being prohibited from exercising their freedom of religion. Business should be allowed to refuse business to people whom they disagree with because it might violate their religious conscience. The main reason in owning a business is to make money. If a business chooses to not make money off of an individual because of their gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and race, that is their decision to not profit from that group of people.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Kaitlin Michael
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I do not believe that businesses should be able to deny services to people because of religious reasons. This violates the First Amendment by not allowing people to practice their religion freely. Church and state are supposed to be separate, so applying religious beliefs to a business should not be allowed. Also, refusing service to LGBT or mixed race, single mothers is pure discrimination and would not look good on the owner of the business.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Quinten
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The idea of religion is to grow your faith with God. There is no reason to discriminate, and put down, other people because you want to. Religion is supposed to make you a good person, not shut down somebody else because they disagree with you. I believe it is the owner's responsibility to encourage everybody if he truly is a religious person.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
AJ
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Indiana's religious freedom act does allow discrimination. It says it is okay to fire a person because of their sexual orientation to avoid a lawsuit. Property owners can deny service to gays, lesbians, and transgenders. That sounds like discrimination to me.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Avery
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that you should be able to practice any religion that you want. Discriminating other religions is how we ad ideas to the marketplace of ideas. They should do this peacefully but if we can’t protect the minority who do we protect. As far as the business aspect of things, I believe it’s up to the employer to decide who they hire and fire and for what reason as long as there a private business.

10/10/2017
Sidney/MT
Ben
Mr. Faulhaber
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination because of someone's sexuality or gender identity. Because an individual believes or identifies as something businesses can make a reason to reject services to people. Businesses could also discharge a person because of their sexual orientation. For rectifying the First Amendment right to freely practice religion, I think that it is not the businesses' place to decide to deny service, employment or housing of any individual of any religious background or sexual orientation. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion because the owner's religion is his/hers and should not (or cannot) influence whether or not service should be granted to a customer of a particular sexuality or religious background.

5/16/2017
Magnolia Tx
Leslie
Mr. Metzger
I believe this is a valued subject that should be discussed about. These issues are not something to keep quite about. Discrimination is not something to be played with whether Its religion or not.

4/19/2017
murrieta
zoe maldonado
Jabro MCA
I don't think that businesses should be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion. That's just wrong for people who ar not that religion. Mostly everyone has religion and I don't think anyone has any rights to bad about anyone's religion. Why should we disown our religion because none of the people believes in it. That just sounds wrong in all the ways.

3/7/2017
Murrieta/CA
Chandler
Mr. Jabro/MCA
I do not believe businesses should be allowed to deny business to certain groups of people or those who follow a specific religion. This allows for discrimination which should not be tolerated under any circumstances. This country was founded on the belief that we were to choose our own religion and make our own lifestyle choices. If we allow discrimination by letting people decide who they want to serve, we are reversing those effects.

11/29/2016
Murrieta / CA
Matthew
Mr.Jabro / MCA
To be quite honest I would say that it's okay to practice any religion of your choosing, however, I also believe that it's up to the people practicing the religion to accept that other people are different and don't always practice your same beliefs. On top of this, businesses would be missing out on customers if they didn't let people with different religions or beliefs buy from their stores. We should only judge people based on their actions, not on their beliefs.

11/29/2016
murrieta/ca
roxanne bolanos
mr.jabro/MCA
I think that every religion has people who discriminate , i think discrimination is very wrong bc people cant chose who they are so why judge them for something they cant help . you should be able to do as you please though in your religion , however there must be a certain extent . freedom laws do allow for discrimination and there should be something done to stop it .

11/18/2016
murrieta ca
sarahy
Mr.jabro
i think you should be able to follow any religion and beliefs. some religions do discriminate but a couple people in a religion shouldnt speak for everyone in that religion. everybody has their own. i dont agree wiht discrimination.

11/18/2016
Murrieta
jabril
Mr.Jabro
I feel you should be able to worship any religion and have a right to your opinion. Yes some religions are very discriminating towards others. But that does not not imply that everyone in that religion is like that, just like when people say that all Muslims are radicals is like saying that all Christians are racist. But being able to deny service to those against your religion is unjustifiable and unconstitutional.

11/16/2016
California
River
Mr.jabro
You can worship any religion and you have a right to your opinion but denying service to those against your religion is unjustifiable and unconstitutional.

11/15/2016
CA/Murrieta
Bryson
Mr.Jabro/ Canyon acadmia
Sadly yes, some religions do discriminate against others one of those is catholics,christians,etc of those groups discriminate againts gays and satan worship. but another bigger problem are "radical islamists" who outright kills gays,jews,christians etc, any groups that do not believe in "allah", overall religion has been a complicated topic due to freedom of speech and the freedom to practice your religion. also "old world" religions similar to islam prohibit bad clothing in their views, and that conflicts with their rights as citizens, also containing the right of marriage without consent regardless of age conflicts with the laws. So yes, discrimination is apparent in most religions.

11/15/2016
Murrieta
Maurice
Mr. jabro MCA
Businesses should not be allowed to judge a person over their creeds or color. But, in the end you can express whatever you want freely unless it puts others in harm.

11/14/2016
murrieta
dajour
jabro
I do not agree with discrimination whatsoever but if your religion is to hate others and say certain thing about another persons religion you have the right to do so in the first amendment it states that prohibiting speech or press should not happen sadly hate speech is free speech so people do have the right to disrespect each others religions if they so please

11/14/2016
california
Sonny Martinez
Mr.Jabro MCA
I do not agree with discrimination whatsoever but if your religion is to hate others and say certain thing about another persons religion you have the right to do so in the first amendment it states that prohibiting speech or press should not happen sadly hate speech is free speech so people do have the right to disrespect each others religions if they so please

9/21/2016
Elk Grove, CA
Rendan
Horizon Charter School
When speaking against something is considered a hate crime, you no longer have freedom of speech. The fact that they want to take away the first amendment from certain religions is a major problem. You should be able to say whatever you want about whoever you want to say it about. That is the first amendment, folks.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Michael
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for religious protecton from the government, it does not allow business owners to use religious reasons to discriminate based on religion. The Hobby Lobby case ruled that business owners could apply their religious beliefs to their practices, which would allow business to discriminate based on beliefs. I don't think business owners should be able to deny service to people based on their own religious practices. I see it as discrimination, as a country as diverse as the United States there are many religious practices. If businesses are allowed to deny service because of their religion the United States may end being divided by race because of businesses only doing business with people who share their beliefs. The Religious Freedom laws should allow the people to practice their own religious beliefs, not allow them to force their beliefs on others.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Montana
Jerren
Mr. Lewis - SHS
In no way, do I believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination against people that fit the LGBT criteria. The United States is founded on the ideas of freedom; Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, etc (also known as the First Amendment). The problem with this is that people are claiming their Religious Freedom doesn't believe in these people's thoughts and ideas. People are using their freedom to be the person that they want to be, and they should be allowed every right that anyone else is able to obtain. As for businesses, if a business is a public business, I do not believe that they can refuse service to someone just because of their religious and/or sexual orientation. But, if the business decides to deny service and lose money that they could have received, I guess that is their choice as it is their business, but I would frown upon it.

9/16/2016
Sidney
Laurel
Sidney High School
I do not believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration act allows for discrimination against LBGT community. By not allowing a person of said community to purchase goods, it is discrimination. By denying a person housing, being LGBT, a single mother, or of a mixed race, is discrimination. Discrimination is defined as "the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex." Freedom of religion is one thing, but using it to justify the unjust treatment of other people, human beings, is ridiculous. Everyone is entitled to their rights, but by using it to justify the denial to LGBT, mixed race, and single mothers, is an abuse of those rights. If a business owner cannot keep their personal life (their religion) out of their business, then they have no business running a business; also by denying people the ability to purchase their goods, the business will be losing money and by denying those people jobs, they'll be losing the opportunity for new employees.

9/16/2016
Sidney
Kirsten
Mr.Lewis
I do not think that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. The act is for people to be able to practice their religion without the fear of people from another religion harming them for their beliefs. They rectify the First Amendment right to freely practice religion with civil rights laws to forbid denial of service, employment or housing to say that a person cannot be denied any of these because of their religion. I do not think that businesses should be allowed to justify denying service to someone because of the owners religion because the employee could belong to a different religion and therefor not agree with the owners decision to deny service and give the person sevice anyways.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Skylar
Mr. Lewis
I do believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. Not allowing someone rent or buy a house simply because of their race, or sexual orientation is discrimination in itself. Store owners or business owners should able to deny service or fire someone based on that reason alone is wrong. I can understand if someone is disrupting the store or workplace, but it it definitely discrimination just based on religion or orientation.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Autumn
Mr. Lewis
I believe the RFRA allows for discrimination. Businesses can deny lesbian, gay, tansgender, and bisexual people's wants and needs just because of religious reasons? I dont think this is right. The Government is allowing businesses to claim religous resaons for denying service to people. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion. You shouldn't be able to determine whether somone is worthy of your service just beacuse of your religion.

9/16/2016
Sidney
Shaelyn
Mr. Lewis
I don't think that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination because they are talking about religion not discrimination. The government rectifies the First Amendent right because as long as nobody gets hurt they can refuse service to anyone because it is their business and they have that right. Yes businesses should be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion because if it is against their religion to to be gay then they should have the right to refuse service to them.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Mackenzey
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don't believe that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows discrimination. Discrimination and religion are different things. Business owners do have the right to refuse service to anyone but in my opinion i feel like everyone should have an equal chance to be able to go to business and get what they need without discrimination. People should be able to have all rights we are equal but businesses denying rights to other people doesn't make those other people equal to the rest of us. Same sex marriage is a choice it should be there choice and people do have opinions but its not messing up your life and your religion. Someones religion shouldn't justify whether or not you should be discriminated people all over the world have different religions and when they came to America in the beginning they brought new religions over religion shouldnt be something that business owners should discriminate for.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Montana
Jacey Hammer
Mr. Lewis
I do believe Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. It clearly states in the article that someone can get fired and even deny housing because of their sexual orientation. I don't think businesses should be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion. This is a free country and people should be able to express their religion and sexual orientation without being judged.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Nakieta
Mr. Lewis
I believe that the RFRA is allowing discrimination against LGTB. This is allowing business and land owners to refuse service to the LGTB. Everyone should be able to practice their own personal views in society. Every deserves the right to have their own religion or their own views on personal lives. This article is saying that a result of the Hobby Lobby case people can apply their own beliefs and practices, but businesses can still deny the service to anyone. They do not care about sexuality, race, gender if they do not like someone they discriminate. I strongly feel that everyone has their freedom but with that freedom comes respect. People should respect others and let them have their own beliefs and views on life.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Nakieta
Mr. Lewis
I believe that the RFRA is allowing discrimination against LGTB. This is allowing business and land owners to refuse service to the LGTB. Everyone should be able to practice their own personal views in society. Every deserves the right to have their own religion or their own views on personal lives. This article is saying that a result of the Hobby Lobby case people can apply their own beliefs and practices, but businesses can still deny the service to anyone. They do not care about sexuality, race, gender if they do not like someone they discriminate. I strongly feel that everyone has their freedom but with that freedom comes respect. People should respect others and let them have their own beliefs and views on life.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Jordan
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that a business has the right to deny service to anyone. It is their business and so it is their choice if they choose to deny service to someone because of their religious beliefs. It is their choice for that loss of profit for the people they are choosing to refuse service too. The freedom of religion laws allow this. The business owners are allowed to choose what religion they want to follow as are the customers who are requesting service. It may not be right but it is allowed by the law

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Allyson
Mr. Lewis
Yes, I do think freedom of religion laws do allow for people to discriminate. The First Amendment gives people people the freedom of speech and religion but I think people are using it to justify discrimination and refusing people their right to service. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion because the point of the owner opening the business in the first place was not to just allow people with their same religious beliefs to give this person's store or whatever it may be business.

9/16/2016
Sidney MT
Brenley
Mr. Lewis
Yes, the IRFR Act allows for discrimination against other people who live their own lives, and have their own beliefs, and perspective in their life. For the government to rectify this mistake it should not allow businesses, and property owners to apply their beliefs to their business. Religion and business should not be together, since its bad for the people who need jobs, or a service, but are not able to obtain it because their beliefs are different than the other persons. Businesses and people trying to get a job should not show their beliefs and this would solve their problem

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Ashley
Mr Lewis
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. Business and Religion should most definitely be seperate. If it's not seperate, you are pushing your religion on other people who may not have the same beliefs as you and you family might have. Businesses should not be allowed to deny services to someone because of the owner's religion because it's just unconstitutional.

9/16/2016
sidney montana
ian
mr. lewis sidney highschool
i dont beleive the religous freedom act allowed dicriminaion. The law states "the law allowed for discrimination because of someone’s sexuality or gender identity." people shouldnt be denied services because of their race and color

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
John Beyer
Mr. Lewis/Sidney Highschool
This is a very hard topic. My religious beliefs are what they are and they aren't going to change. But i believe people should reserve the right to refuse service based on religion. Isn't this what the united states military protects? The right to practice any religion we want? I whole heartedly agree with the Religion Freedom Restoration act.

9/16/2016
Sidney, mt
lane
Mr.lewis
I think that this law and religion doesn't let discrimination be apart of it. I believe that those are two very different things. You can have whatever religion you want. i think that religion takes a big part in electing presidents. Crimes no matter what religion should be punished. People need to expand their minds to more ideas.

9/16/2016
Sidney Mt
Jaz
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
Its amazing to realize with all sorts of new cultural influence America has been taking, the religions around America have been also changing. We have all sorts of practices going around. To say this is a good thing or a bad thing, I don't know, but to pass a religious Freed Restoration Act for the people who feel suppressed by the government for their beliefs , to me, is a very great thing to pass. Now, I can see some problems with this. Discrimination is a giant possibility. Let me just ask, hasn't it still been a problem in our country even before this religious bill was passed? I do believe that people should be able to practice their religions freely. It has been a seemingly popular thing for Christians to deny making wedding cakes for homosexuality newly weds. If you look in their Bible, you will find out why they think Homosexuality is a sin. Because a wedding symbolizes a couple coming together to be one, that would mean the couple getting married go's against what their bible teaches them. To not want to be apart of that wedding is the Christians choice because of that belief. If they do not want to provide for that wedding, because inwardly they feel that it is wrong to contribute in something they dont believe in, they should have a right not to do that. Now, to not hire a Homosexual person in a work place IS DISCRIMINATION. The person who is wanting to be employed should not have to tell their employer that they are gay. The employer has no right to ask! Being homosexual has nothing to do with the workplace, and it sure doesn't give the employer a reason not hire someone. Being black doesnt give an employer a right to not hire someone so why should being gay give the employer a right? If you look in the Christian bible, and look at their core beliefs, you will see these group of people are required to love other, be kind to others, and so on. I see no moral excuse not to hire a homosexual person in a work place.

9/16/2016
sidney/mt
brett Norby
Lewis/shs
I think that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. This says the people can be turned down from job offers and or be refused service because of discrimination. The thing is, I think that this kind of discrimination will probably happen with or without this act. Businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason and is also not force to hire anyone. This is a poor excuse to try to change something that will not even be changed if this act is gone. I think that the first amendment is both ways on this. The businesses can protect there religious rights by doing there business in there own personal religious way just as the first amendment grants. On the other hand, for the people the first amendment is not protected because they are being discriminated for there religious beliefs. Each side has an equal problem and a two way street cannot be decided by just one act. I do not think that businesses should have to explain a reasoning for denial of services. As sad and blatantly horrendous this reason could be, it is still their business and they can do as they please as far as who they choose to do this business with. My side on this problem is that not just one act can solve the large problem with this. To end the problem, it would have to be done in several acts and a choice on which of the two possible was will be taken. There is no way to solve each sides problem but there needs to be a side taken in my opinion.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Sabryna
Mr.Faulhaber
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. It is allowing people to be refused housing and jobs just because they are part of the LGBTQ community or if they dont live up to your standard of living. It might not always be towards discrimination as it might just be how you believe someone should be, but that also can be discrimination. Even if you dont believe that what is stopping you from saying that person is against your religion just so you can avoid a lawsuit. The government rectify the First Amendment right to freely practice religion with civil rights laws that forbid denial of service,employment or housing by letting this Act take place because of the right of freedom of religion. Yes you have the right to your religion, but there are laws that you cant deny a person of housing, service, or employment and with the Act a law is being broken just to please others. Business owners should be able to deny service in a kindly way, but they should have proof not just what you think that person is. There should not be denying of jobs or housing because that is just not right. Service is one thing, but living and being able to live is another.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
peachlyn
Faulhaber/SHS
I believe that the religious freedom restoration act does allow for dissemination,the store is their to cater to everyone. The government rectified the first amendment, so that people can freely practice their religion without being denied service based on their beliefs. I believe personally that businesses are for everyone(they cater to everyone), you shouldn't be able to pick and choose which customers you want.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Logan
Mr. Lewis
Yes, I think Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Acts allows for discrimination. The government says it is aimed at protecting religious belifs from government intrusion. They think this law is mainly aimed at protecting religious practes from unnecessary intrusion. I think businessses should not be allowed to deny services to someone because of their religion. I think this because the businesses should not care about the employees beliefs in God or their sexuality, they should focus on the employees skillls and abilities for the job.

9/16/2016
sidney/ montana
Jared steinbeisser
lewis/sidney
I do not think that religion laws should allow for discrimination. I think this because it is not fair to anybody else. everyone should be treated the same. saying this people should have the right to believe what they want. I think that business and religion have nothing to do with each other. Being religious or not or being a different type of religion should not base whether you get a job or how much you get paid.

9/16/2016
Sidney Montana
Madison Thiessen
Mr. Lewis
No, I believe that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn't allow for discrimination. In 1993, Bill Clinton signed a law that helped protect religious practices from unnecessary intrusion by the government. The only issue is only a year ago, the Supreme court ruled that business owners could apply their beliefs to their business practices. I do not agree with the rule. If someone is willing to work for you and serve you, their belief and your own belief should not affect anything within your work. The same goes for denying services to someone because of their religion. Your job as a business is to serve the people. No matter what religion any person is, you should be willing provide them the same service you would give to someone that is part of your religion.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Parker
Mr. Louis
I believe that it is not fair for someone to be denied service just for the things that they believe in. Now in the United States same sex marriage is legal. So why would it be right to refuse service, jobs, and housing? Just because the person is a homosexual or believes in something different.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Sierra
Mr Faulhaber Sidney High School
The act does not allow for discrimination. The act was put into place for the simple fact of people practicing their religious beliefs. Business owners always have a right to refuse service to their discretion. If the owner feels they are that invested into their religion to lose money that is their decision. If businesses have that right to deny all services they see fit it should be no different with denying because of religious beliefs.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ MT
Adam
Wentz
I believe that in a sense, store owners, or those who are working at the time have reason to deny service to someone whom is against their religion, or serving this person is against their own religion. Yes, in many eyes this may come off as selfish and ridiculous, but what is the point in having a religion if you are not going to follow it? Store clerks have the right to deny service to anyone, and if they deny servive because of religous beliefs then so be it. #righttopracticefreedomofreligion

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Lexi
Mr. Faulhaber
I do believe that the RFRA allows for discrimination. For example it allowed florists the right to refuse to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding because of their religious beliefs. I don't believe that businesses should be allowed to deny services to someone just because that customer doesn't have the same beliefs as the owner. In my opinion religion has no business being in the work place. What you believe in should not affect your business at all. Some things are better left unsaid.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tanner
Mr. Lewis
I do not believe that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. This particular act allows people to practice their religion freely, and not have to worry about offending other people. businesses should not be allowed to justify denial of services due to religion, because of the first amendment.

9/16/2016
Sidney/MT
Taylor Schepens
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I think that this law does allow discrimination. I think that business and religion should be separated. You should not be able to fire someone or not serve someone something just because they do not have the same beliefs as you. Everybody is the same in some ways and everyone is different. We all have different views and beliefs and that is the way it is always going to be.

9/16/2016
sidney, mt
Miller
Faulhaber
I think that it does allow for discrimination. But in all reality, I feel that it is the business owners choice to choose who the want to do business with. they didnt spend all that time and money to be forced to do things that they dont want to. Another thing is, most bussinesses have rules. "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" that means ANYONE, for ANY reason the business owner wants.

9/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tia
Welzenbach
I dont think the Religiou Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. It allows for freedom of Religion and that is not even close to descrmination. Freedom of religion is for people to practice their own religion without involving others. Discrimination is when people judge people sexuality or the call of their skin which is not okay. It is also not okay to deny services to someone just because of there sexuality or the religion.

9/16/2016
sidney, mt
Miller
Faulhaber
I think that it does allow for discrimination. But in all reality, I feel that it is the business owners choice to choose who the want to do business with. they didnt spend all that time and money to be forced to do things that they dont want to. Another thing is, most bussinesses have rules. "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" that means ANYONE, for ANY reason the business owner wants.

9/16/2016
Sidney, Mt
Jared J
Mr. Lewis/Sidney High School
I feel like its horrible to discriminate against people religions. It is what someone believes in so they should be able to feel happy and not worry about being judge about what they believe in. The RFRA in Indiana was passed to protect religious freedoms from government intrusion. Its a freedom people should be able to do what they feel is right and not hated for it. The freedom of religion laws do allow for people to discriminate but i feel like its wrong to do so.

9/16/2016
sidney
taylors pesto------>
mr.louis
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. Businesses should serve their goods or services to anyone despite religion, race,or sexual orientation. Denial of service because of discriminatory factors is not something America should ever stand for.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Asarel
Mr.Hanna/JHS
I don't believe the Religious Freedom Restoration act allows for discrimination. Religion and discrimination are two completely different things! The Religious Freedom Restoration act calls for people to be able to practice their religion freely without having to be harmed or harming anyone. Business owners have every right to deny service to someone because of their beliefs, it's the owners business after all, but they would be the ones losing money! Our country was founded based on freedom and independence, what's the point of saying we are a free nation if we don't let people practice their religion the way they want. Forcing someone else to convert to their religion is another story, that would be completely wrong and wouldn't count as practicing your religion freely but more as forcing other people to believe what they don't want to. So I believe people should have freedom of religion but don't force other people or harm other people because of your religion.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hannah S
Stroudsburg JHS/ Mr.Hanna
If this law allows someone to be fired for their sexual orientation and then use religion as an excuse, yes it does allow for discrimination. Using religion as an excuse for your unfair actions is wrong, and if religion was used as an excuse for a bigger crime, than it wouldn't matter. It should no be allowed to be an excuse to avoid a lawsuit for firing someone just because they are not who you want them to be. Religion and work should be separate and if someone is offended because someone else is not heterosexual, than they shouldn't be allowed to work with that person. This law also allows for businesses to deny those of the LGBT community to be denied of service, which is taking away their basic rights. I don't believe freedom of religion laws are wrong, but they shouldn't allow someone to be discriminatory to someone else and then they get away with it.

1/5/2016
Sidney, MT
Mikayla
Mr. Faulhaber
In all honesty, I find religion to be a joke almost. People would kill for it. They'd kill anything that discriminates against their religion. It's a simple excuse to bypass the law in many cases. It's used as a bandwagon strategy in presidential elections. If religion is going to be an exuse in a crime, such as battery or murder, it shouldn't be taken into any consideration. It should go the same for denying service to people who don't abide or follow your religion. There is more than one religion out there. There are way too many people who simply have a one - track mind.

1/5/2016
Sidney MT
Micala
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that this law does allow for dicrimination. As some of my classmates have said I too think that religion and business should be separate. You shouldn't bring you personal life to your work life. I believe that the First Amendment clashes with civil rights in a way that civil rights do say that you cannot deny service to anyone, in which owners are because they think they are protected by the First Amendment. You are only allowed to have certain rights until you get to the point of invading the rights of others and that is what I believe is happening. Businesses should not be allowed to deny services because of religion because it is infringing on the civil rights of the LGBT community and their rights to services.

1/5/2016
Sidney, Montana
Sadie
Mr. Faulhber
In my opinion i find that discriminating someone else for how that person practices their religion is awful. I don't believe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. Why you may ask? In the Amendments it states Freedom of Religion, you may practice any religion you please or no religion at all. Denying someone service because of a certain religion would come back on you and lose your profits.

1/5/2016
Sidney, Montana
Danielle
Mr. Faulhaber
Yes, I think that the RFRA allows for discrimination. It is allowing store owners and land owners , for example, to refuse services to the LGTB community. The LGTB community has the right to practice their personal views just as the Indian land and business owners have the right to their personal religion.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, California
Victoria P1
Wong/ Lorbeer Middle School
I don't believe the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination. It allows for freedom of Religion which is completely different fom discrimination. Freedom of religion allows for people to practice their own religion without harming others. This whole countrys's foundation is made up of independence, freedom , and to treat the people better than how Great Britain treated us. By allowing discrimination of relegion to happen we are treating them the same way Great Britain treated us, unfair. If we denied service to a certain religion we would be the ones losing profit.

10/19/2015
murrita ca
Robert
Mr. jabro/ Creekside
Personally I the believe discrimination is wrong, and I don't think people should do it, but speaking constitutionality, it could be interpreted as a religious idea or freedom of speech even though it's wrong. I don't believe that it is intended to be viewed that way, but seeing how media wants to argue it, I believe it could be so yes

10/13/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Micah W
Jabro - Creekside High
Gov. Pence likely didn't intend for his RFRA law to be used for discrimination but loopholes were found and exploited immediately. Personally, I'm torn on this issue because I don't believe business owners should be forced to serve everyone they don't want to serve, although, allowing businesses the ability to turn down customers because of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation is against the law, its morally wrong, and it's bad business. Any respectable business owner should know to keep any personal bias separate from business otherwise it diminishes credibility as a business and will cost them more money. It's better that all business owners accept all customers for who they are and serve them accordingly, it would make life much simpler for all parties involved.

9/12/2015
murrieta ca
cynthia pinegar
mr.jabro creekside highschool
Freedom and reigon law should not allow to discriminate because people should be treated equal and religons are just diffrent beliefs and we fought for freedom so why discrminate now

9/10/2015
Sidney,MT
Matthew Dey
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
Religious Freedom is the base on which this country was created. The Puritans were escaping religious prejudice and started colonizing the American soil. The absolute Law’s of America are based of morale standards that are taught by the Bible. All this being said religious freedom laws in America are creating prejudice among its people. These laws were established to help firmly separate church and state as well as give government less power over the church. These laws are being abused by private business owners and even some political figures. Private business owners are not doing business with people that their religion sees as taboo. Political leaders are even refusing marriage licenses to married same sex couples. These people are violating the natural rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, of all Americans. Shanon says it best when she says the people all have their own personal beliefs but they should not bring their beliefs to work using them to discriminate certain customers.

9/10/2015
Sidney, MT
Aubrey
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
The RFRA in Indiana was passed to protect religious freedoms from government intrusion. Opponents to this act say that it ultimately lets businesses discriminate against anyone that participates in an activity that is against the business’s religion. The First Amendment was made to guarantee that citizens can practice any religion they want or not to practice religion if they choose to do so. Supporters of the RFRA say that these acts reinforce that they are still allowed to practice their religion freely and apply those beliefs and practices to their businesses. As Shanan said, businesses shouldn’t refuse services to customers based on personal decisions. Their business itself could be offensive to some religion; the street goes both ways. These acts allow for discrimination by giving businesses an excuse to deny someone service based on sexual identity or orientation. These can lead to the denial of housing or employment based solely on those criteria. This would then violate those people’s civil rights. Society is evolving and religions don’t always match the pace. As said in the article in the Atlantic, opponents of desegregation claimed that God’s will was to keep the races separate, and today that would be widely seen as racist and discriminatory. Today’s gay rights controversies are just another growing spurt for the beliefs of the U.S. and these laws allowing businesses to discriminate are just delaying this shift towards equality.

9/9/2015
Sidney/MT
Tenna Cooley
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Yes, freedom of religion laws do allow for people to discriminate. This does not mean that people should. The First Amendment gives people the freedom of speech and religion, which is a good thing, but people are using this Amendment to justify their reasons for refusing people service and discriminating. The article says that as a result of the Hobby Lobby case people could apply their own beliefs and practices into their business. This allows for these business owners to deny services to others with different sexualities, race, etc. And although I think it is a good thing that people are given the freedom to practice their own religion and beliefs, it should not be used as an excuse to discriminate against others. One blogger from Irving, Texas made a good point in saying that by people using the freedom of religion laws to refuse service they are denying others their rights. People are entitled to their own beliefs, but they should also treat others with respect even if it goes against what they ultimately believe.

9/9/2015
Sidney, MT
Aubrey Kessel
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
The term “anchor babies” has caused a controversy lately and has sparked conversation about birthright citizenship. Birthright citizenship was created with the 14th amendment after the Civil War to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves. Today, this amendment mostly applies to immigrants, undocumented as well as documented. Supporters of birthright citizenship argue that it has been an important part of American history and that there isn’t enough reason to repeal this amendment. Those against birthright citizenship say that the amendment was never intended to cater to immigrants and that they are using their children as a way to gain easy citizenship. I believe that birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants because people should become citizens the legal way. I believe that the first option given in the article, “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009,” would be a good solution to this problem. It still gives the option for an illegal immigrant to have a child be given birthright citizenship in the U.S. I agree with Paige in Mr. Pomietlo’s class. She said that the 14th Amendment was never meant to apply to immigrants, which is wasn’t. The issue of illegal immigration will not be solved by denying this right, but it is a place to start.

9/9/2015
Sidney, MT
LaTasha Wieferich
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Freedom of religion laws do allow for discrimination. Lots of people express their religion, sexuality, etc. without freedom of religion laws anyways. So in my opinion, what’s the use? If you give them an inch, they will go a mile. Making laws just justifies the people refusing others services, and I don’t think they should be allowed the right to refuse that service to anyone. Laws for people expressing their beliefs openly will promote the use of this freedom, and before long, lots of disgruntled people who are being refused certain services will be retaliating. The Kentucky clerk who wouldn’t grant marriage licenses to homosexuals said that that was her right under the First Amendment, and that ordeal caused lots of discussion, arguments, and upset people. According to the article, business owners are allowed to apply their beliefs to their business and its practices, after the Supreme Court said it was okay in the Hobby Lobby case. I think this could eventually lead to bigger problems. Like Kelsie Hall said, the businesses should be pleased that these people are using their products/services. They can live a certain way and believe certain things. Just because they have beliefs and service people that go against them doesn’t mean that they are going against their beliefs and are bad people for it.

9/9/2015
Sidney, MT
Shanan Zueger
Mr. Faulhaber
I do believe freedom of religion laws allow for discrimination. The first amendment already states that you do have the choice to follow whichever religion you choose to, that should be enough protection. The laws that these states are putting into place are allowing people to be discriminatory for whatever reason they choose to be and it is now excusable. Growing up with a family who owns and runs a business, I understand that private businesses reserve the right to refuse service to whomever they choose. However, this is to protect the employees, not discriminate against customers because of their sexual orientation and personal decisions. I understand that a baker who does not want to bake a cake for a homosexual couple reserves the right to not make the cake, however I do not understand why they would want to refuse the service and not make extra money and also lose business in the long run. They have their personal beliefs but they should not be able to bring it to the work environment in order to discriminate. For the county clerk who refused to issue the gay marriage licenses… She should not be able to get her position back. There has to be a full separation of church and state in the government. She should not be able to bring her religious beliefs into her job as a government official.

9/9/2015
Sidney/MT
Sarah
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Private business owners have the ability to cater to certain niches of society. Business owners also have the right to refuse service to customers. Motives aside, they really can refuse service to anyone. Customers may feel inconvenienced or upset, but this happens on a daily basis. Not all of these incidents are religion-based, but those are the events that get the most media attention. I do not believe the freedom of religion laws allow for discrimination. Rather, I believe these laws would help protect rights that should not be ignored. I agree with Pence that the religious freedom act “is not discriminatory and that is aimed at protecting religious beliefs from government intrusion.” The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is more clearly outlining the First Amendment and the right for individuals to deny services to people, not encouraging discrimination in businesses.

9/9/2015
Mt
Lindsey
Mr. Faulhber / SHS
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a very touchy subject. Some see it as discrimination and some see it as their freedom of speech. The 1st amendment states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Under the first amendment, I believe that a business owner should be able to reject a customer for religious purposes, because that is what they believe. It is no different than having the right to refuse service for what they deem necessary. It was brought up by opponents of the law, in the article, that the Indiana’s religious freedom law allows businesses to claim religious reasons for denying services, allowing for discrimination and violating civic rights laws. (Quattlebaum). Hans, brought up that creating this law would create protesting or riots, creating more harm than good.(Hans) To me, claiming religious reasons for denying services is no different than someone telling you to do something and you telling them no because you believe that it just isn’t right. Law supporters say that it isn’t discriminatory, but aimed more at protection religious belief from government intrusion (Quattlebaum).

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Amanda Anderson
Brad Faulhaber
No, I do not agree with allowing discrimination because someone's actions or decisions are against someone else's religion. Not everyone follows the same religion or has the same beliefs. Although most businesses have it posted that they have the right to refuse service to anyone, it is not fair to turn someone away based on their sexuality. It is none of the business owner’s, or the employee’s business. That would be like turning someone away because you didn’t agree with their tattoos, that’s not your business what their tattoos say or mean. These people have a right, now, to be homosexual. As long as they are a paying customer and not being disrespectful in any way towards the business owner, why should the owner have the right to turn them away?

9/2/2015
Sidney Montana
Michael Stevens
Brad Faulhaber
I think personally that it is wrong to refuse service, home, and employment based on sexual orientation in most cases. In many cities and states in America there have been laws passed to protect against refusal of service etc. But there are or should be exceptions to said law when including employment opportunities in America, some jobs in the community are supposed to be sex specific (example: Boy Scout leaders are supposed to be male so that there is no or minimal relationship conflicts). These sex specific job orientations are meant to avoid possibly dangerous, embarrassing, or controversial events for everyone involved. These rules are put in place not because they know or believe it will happen, they put them in place to avoid the possibility entirely. The refusal of service based on sexual orientation though should not have as many exceptions though, when people of any kind, religion, or nationality go into a business, they should be prepared to serve or house every kind of person.

9/2/2015
Sidney Montana
Mason
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone. Based on religion or sexuality, people may not think its right or fair to have a business deny someone of service, but it is the business owner's right to deny them. It may be legal to have a same sex marriage, but it is still legal to deny business to anyone, even if it is a homosexual couple.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
In this situation I believe that it isn't right that businesses do this to their customers. But, it is also fair because in every business there are signs posted that say "we have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason." Also people do have the right to practice their religion, and in this case the people that are running the business do happen to have religious views that may not agree with certain things people do. Where I'm going with this is for both sides, meaning yes they can refuse service, and also no they shouldn't refuse service to those people who believe in different things. I say this because people have a right to do as they please but also some things they should let go and just put up with.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Clay Fox
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney Highschool
Religion laws are unnecessary. To me religions are a topic that deserves a certain amount of care. And because of this I have found it easy and agreeable that people just be allowed to follow their beliefs freely and without fear of being judged. There is no right or wrong system of beliefs only one you think suites you better. Therefore it is very hurtful to others when someone berates one religion and feels that theirs is better or right. Now to the topic of refusing business. Businesses for sure should have the right to refuse service but only to a point. That point only goes as far as government regulations and or common sense. Religions are exempt from this.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Dylan Johnson
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
Businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to people based on their religion. If the customer is being disrespectful to the business owner and his/her religion or beliefs, then and only then can the business refuse service.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Ryan L
Mr. Faulhaber
The RFRA does allow for discrimination. A business should not be able to deny someone a service based solely on their sexual orientation or gender. The businesses should reserve the right to deny service for people that pose a threat or health hazard for the business.

9/2/2015
Sidney
Katlyn Winter
Mr. Faulhaber
If a business refuses service to someone because of their ethnic background it is known as discrimination. This is no different than refusing service to people in a same-sex wedding. A business should not refuse service to someone for their ethnic background or because of their relationship status. Businesses will come into contact with all kinds of different people. They should be aware and prepared for these types of situations even if they don't agree with the situation. To refuse someone service because of what they believe is discrimination.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
In this situation I believe that it isn't right that businesses do this to their customers. But, it is also fair because in every business there are signs posted that say "we have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason." Also people do have the right to practice their religion, and in this case the people that are running the business do happen to have religious views that may not agree with certain things people do. Where I'm going with this is for both sides, meaning yes they can refuse service, and also no they shouldn't refuse service to those people who believe in different things. I say this because people have a right to do as they please but also some things they should let go and just put up with.

9/2/2015
Sidney
Clay Carpenter
Mr. Faulhaber
Businesses should have the ability to deny service to customers based on the religious views of said business. The first amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". If a business owner feels that servicing a certain customer goes against his or her religion, they should be able to exercise this right. This may not be the "good" thing to do, but it is still the business owner's choice, just as it is the customer's choice not to shop at a certain establishment based on the customer's religion.

9/2/2015
Sidney,Mt
Christian Eggar
Mr. Faulhaber
Yes I do agree that pepole have the right to refuse service to anyone. It's their right to uphold a standard of business they think is right! For me I have a different veiw on this because yes I am a Christian and I don't think someone should have to compromise they're beliefs just to make a cake! You could also argue if this Homosexual couple knew that the bakery was Christian then why did they go there in the first place! Why does this have to be an issue?! I'm sure if a Christian went into a gay bakery and asked for a Christian more traditional cake then it would not make national news if they rejected us!! Now it might make news I don't know but it is still their right to practice freedom of religion!

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Jarod
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
Businesses have the right to refuse service, but not just whenever they feel like it. Being part of a family business, I know that you can refuse service to somebody if they are being rude or disrespectful, but it becomes discrimination when you try and refuse service just strictly because you don't agree with what they are doing with their life and you say your religion doesn't allow it. So is it right for me to tell a PAYING CUSTOMER "Sorry, I cant serve you because you are black and my religion won't allow me to serve your kind." NO! They cant change that they are black and people can't change that they are gay. I mean come on, it's the 21st century and gay marriage is legal.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Kelsie Hall
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I don't think it's right for business owners to refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation. It's not okay for businesses to discriminate a certain group of people because they don't like the way they choose to live. The businesses should be happy just to get someone who wants their service, instead of turning them away.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Taryn Potts
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I believe that businesses shouldn't deny service according to any religion. I believe this because when you have a business it shouldn't matter who buys stuff from you. I think it wouldn't matter because at least people are coming in and you're getting business. Also if you do deny service you might get a bad reputation and then you business could go down and that wouldn't be a good thing.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Heather Chreiman
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
Bussinesses shouldn't be allowed to refuse service to anyone because everyone is to be treated equal no matter their race, religion or sexuality. I dont understand why religion is involved in bussiness. You're turning away paying customers because of their religion, sexuality or race when they aren't doing it to hurt you or your bussiness. It's only causing you to lose money.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Preston W
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
Businesses should already know that once the open there doors to the public, they are going to have people from all walks of life as there customers. Business owners should not discriminate, but they should have the right to refuses anyone service.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Danielle
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney Public Schools
Businesses should not be allowed to deny service to anyone based on their sexuality, religion, or race. If your religion practices that it is wrong to provide service to certain citizens then why do you even have a business to begin with? Not saying that they shouldnt pracite their religion but honestly why does it matter what someone elses sexuality is? Its really no one elses business what another practices as far as sexuality. So no I don't agree with free of religion laws to be uses as a justification to deny services.

9/1/2015
Sidney
Brianna Reid
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that businesses should have the ability to deny service to anyone at any given time for any reason they deem reasonable. If a business owner is very religious and don't want to cater to someone who goes against their religion, they should have that right. It might not be the nicest thing to do to someone, but it should still be their right. That business owner is allowed under the freedom of religion laws, to believe whatever they want to believe, as is the costumer being refused.

9/1/2015
Sidney, Montana
Blaine Nelson
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
All Businesses should be able to reserve the right to deny service to anyone for any reason. When the government says who we can and can not refuse, we are one step closer to becoming a dictatorship. We as Americans have the right to practice what we wish, and if servicing someone who does not follow your beliefs does not sit well with you, then you should not have to do so. It may not be right, but it's fair.

9/1/2015
Sidney, MT
Coleton M
Mr. Faulhaber
In personal one-on-one cases in which a place of business is not involved, freedom of religion can be used for those who believe in using it to make decisions based on their religion. However, I do not believe that religion belongs in the workplace. It is a restraint on businesses who feel the desire to turn away paying customers based on their religion or sexuality, for that matter. I believe that businesses should not have the right to turn away customers based strictly on the businesses founding beliefs of religion. Any other reasons should still be in effect.

8/13/2015
Murrieta Ca
Ali
Jabro Creekside
I dont think freedom of religion laws should allow for discrimination. I believe that everyone should be allowed to believe in whatever they want. i personally am not religious and it would not be fair to me or any other not religious person to be discriminated against just for personal belief.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg
Harry
Mr. Hanna
I think that the freedom of realign law should not allow discrimination because people are allowed to believe in whatever they want and theres really nothing you can do to change their minds and if you do try to change their mind about their believes in a forceful way it should be harassment and those people should have some sort of punishment.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg , pa
Shavaughn
Mr. Hanna / stroudsburg sjhs
No one should discriminate what ever religion you choose to practice. The law should state employees or anything else you do . That's your choose to anyone else's.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Hirali
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that businesses should be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner's religion. That's just wrong for people who ar not that religion. Mostly everyone has religion and I don't think anyone has any rights to bad about anyone's religion. Why should we disown our religion because none of the people believes in it. That just sounds wrong in all the ways.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Bartek
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that the freedom of religion laws should not allowe discrimination. People should believe in whatever they think is right for them. If people believe in different thing other people shouldn't tell you that your religion is stupid or something because it is what you think that counts and people shouldn't criticize your religion just because they believe in something else. Everyone should allow everyone to have their own religion and don't say anything about other people's religion.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg PA
Kiara
Mr.Hanna Stroudsburg jr
I think people that have different religion than someone shouldn't be allowed to not hire someone because of that reason. It not fair just because you don't believe in that religion that you have a say if you want the people to work there. Also they could be the best employee but if you don't give them the chance they can't show you. So I think that everyone that doesn't have the same religion should have a equal chance.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Devin Garlick
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that this freedom of reilgion law does allow for discrimination, because of this law some buissnesses wont provide a service for anyone that is not the same religion as them or they wont provide a service for anybody that has feelings for somebody of the same sex because their religion has rules against it

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Sarinthia
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that people shouldn't discriminate, other people with different religion. No one has the right to argue or discriminate other peoples religion. What ever environment and religion that people were brought up, that's how they will be. No can say that their religion is better than anyone else's because at the end of the day, they are still worshipping to someone or something. So I think that there should be a law that says that u can discriminate against religion. Even there Is a law of freedom of speech but there also is a law of freedom of religion and people shouldn't discriminate it.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Benny
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that discriminating regardless is the same. You can't just not give someone the same service or treat someone a certain way because they believe in something different than you. To answer the question, freedom of religion laws should not allow for discrimination. It doesn't matter your believe or someone else's views, you can't not treat someone right cause they view something different than you do.

6/3/2015
Irving Texas
Hans
Nimitz
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does all for discrimination because as opponents to this act have already pointed out, business owners can claim any number of "religious" reasons as to why they can't service a particular group/person(s). Laws such as this rectify the First Amendment because of Freedom of Religion. If people truly believe that servicing specific people is tantamount to evil then you can't necessarily blame them for refusing service to those people as it's their belief. However, this would undoubtedly lead to riots, fights, protest, and just all around chaos if came to pass. So I would have to say that business shouldn't be able to deny service on the based on religious beliefs.

6/1/2015
Irving,Texas
Anahi
Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s RFRA does allow for discrimination to others based on their lifestyle, because individuals and business have protected religious freedom, so the government can’t decide the parts of their religion to have protection over. if someone’s gender identity or sexuality doesn’t seem right to someone’s religion, there is nothing that the state can do to about it. I believe that with every gender identification and sexuality should be equally supported as a citizen with equal rights under the government, just like we protect every race. Businesses should not be allowed to deny people their services all cause of their beliefs being applied to their business which should not have happened. Its each persons choice to respect people for who they are especially in the work force. There's a boundary between your personal beliefs and your job, which if the two combine it can cause you and other people around serious problems.

5/31/2015
Irving/Texas
Kamille
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes, Indiana's RFRA allows for discrimination because people and businesses have the right to protect these "so called" religious freedoms, yet they are denying these rights to others. I believe the government is nothing more than a lenient teacher, it guides the people and puts rules in place to keep order but it does not enforce the laws or make everyone feel respected. I am a firm believer in individuality and respecting others opinions, but if your beliefs compromises another's in a negative way I will not sit idly by. Denying someone service based on their personal decisions or lifestyles because you don't agree with it does not the actions just. Can we all open our eyes and accept the fact that we may not all agree with one another but we do not have to go about it in a undignified, unaccepting way.

5/31/2015
Irving/Texas
Maggie
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes,the Indiana's RFRA does allow for discrimination to other based on their lifestyle is somehow differ than their own personal way of living and their religion values. Religious values that discriminated against someone else's lifestyle in the work place. Service/employment/housing should not be denial based on their values.

5/29/2015
Irving/Texas
Rebecca
Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s RFRA seems like its intent may be to protect the religious practices of anyone living in Indiana. It does not specify Christianity as its target beneficiary. The backlash that has occurred in reaction to this legislation has been misdirected and has misunderstood the legislation’s purpose by targeting it as a “homophobic” law. The law does open up for private organizations to discriminate, which, as I understand it, is unconstitutional, because the state is supposed to provide equal protection under the fourteenth amendment. However, it is hypocritical to target this law and not the others like it.

5/25/2015
Irving/TX
Sajni
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes, the Indiana's RFRA does allow for discrimination to other based on if their lifestyle is somehow different to their own personal way of living and according to their religion values. Religious values that discriminated against someone else's lifestyle should not be in the work place, they should not be able to justify denial of service/employment/housing based on their values.

5/25/2015
Irving/Tx
Sophia
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes Indiana’s RFRA allows for discrimination. Because individuals and businesses have protected religious freedom, the government can’t decide what PARTS of their religion have protection. If someone’s gender identity or sexuality goes against another's religion, there is nothing that the state should be able to do about it, because any action by the government forcing a religious group to tolerate something they don’t believe in is oppression. That being said, every gender identification and sexuality should be equally supported as a citizen with equal rights under the government, just like we protect every race. Private businesses and citizens have the right to reject anyone from their establishment for any reason, even if it seems sexist, racist, or unfair from the outside.

5/21/2015
Irving/Tx
Abraham
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes, the IRFR Act allows for discrimination against other people who live their own personal lives, and have their own beliefs, and perspective in their life. For the government to rectify this mistake it should not allow business owners, and property owners to apply their beliefs to their business. Beliefs, of a religion should not be together, since its bad for the people who need jobs, or a service, but are not able to obtain it because of their sexual orientation. Businesses should not be allowed to deny people their services all cause of their beliefs being applied to their business which should not have happened.

5/21/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Kemdi
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Yes, I believe that it does allow for discrimination because it give people the right to abuse their freedom of speech. The rights that were given to citizens are to be used to express themselves, not to harm others and their rights. Denying service from another person because of their beliefs is unprofessional, hence why your personal life and profession should be separate. If your personal beliefs get involved it can cost a person and their business so much because emotions get involved, and in the workplace that is not acceptable.

5/13/2015
Irving/Tx
Eddie
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes, because if you abuse your "right" to free speech by patronizing and harassing people of another religion you are then you are denying them the right to freedom of religion. You should not be able to deny someone business on the ground that there personal life style is against your religion. its both bad for business and bad morally to allow someone to deny someone service because they are LGBT. It has nothing to do with how they pay you. the money they give you isnt going to turn you gay if you spend it. This is just a bigger reason why people shouldn't mix work and personal life.

5/7/2015
Murrieta/CA
Julianna
Jabro/Creekside
We all have our own religions, and we all have our own biased opinions.. But to discriminate against one because they don't have the same religious views as you, or because they are in the LGTB club, or a single mother, or a different race is just rightfully wrong. I say that we let people be who they are. If not, what does freedom even stand for? So I'll leave you with that.

5/5/2015
Irving/Tx
Chellandria
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that we all have our religions and what we believe in,but it isn't right to deny people by their sexuality, race or gender. No matter how you put it is discrimination because you are basing it off what they believe in. We are all different! Everyone has the right to have their own opinions about race, sex and sexuality but it is not right to treat them any different. I don't believe in the same sex marriage but who am I tell them they cannot receive any flowers because of my religion? They are to take that up with which ever God they worship. Let the people be and let them be able to buy houses and flowers for their wedding, as long you continue to do what you believe is right. I don't believe we should have the option to deny services to anyone because once again it is discrimination but they also should have the right to do what they please and also buy what they like as well.

4/28/2015
Murrieta/Ca
Marco
Mr. Jabro/Creekside
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow discrimination inside the work environment. Due to this allocation of discrimination, businesses have exploited the "loophole" in the Act by claiming that these discriminating actions are merely to protect religious beliefs. It may be a wise decision to allow some degree of refusal to services and jobs; however, the ability for the owner of a business to deny these based on their individual religion or beliefs is an ineffective and unjust way to approach the situation.

4/21/2015
Irving/TX
Rabab
Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s Religious freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination because businesses and other organization could deny services to gay and lesbian for religious reasons. States has a compelling interest to prevent discrimination - Equal Protection under the law. By passing laws such as RFRA government rectify the First Amendment right to freely practice religion with civil rights laws that forbid denial of service, employment or housing. Businesses should not have any concern with someone’s religion when it comes to services, no businesses should be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner’s religion.

4/21/2015
Irving/Texas
Ali
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. Businesses should serve their goods or services to anyone despite religion, race,or sexual orientation. Denial of service because of discriminatory factors is not something America should ever stand for.

4/20/2015
Irving/Texas
Dana
Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination. Businesses should not be able to deny anyone anything based on their religion, sex, or if they are a single mother. Trying to justify this law by saying they have freedom to practice their religion is not enough to make it okay to discriminate against certain people. My question is how would they know if you are gay or which religion you practice? Will they start making that a requirement on a application? We should stick to a don't ask don’t tell mentality when it comes to matters like these. It doesn’t matter what kind of lifestyle you live as long as you can do your job and be professional at your workplace.

4/17/2015
Irving/Texas
Jamon
Bradley/Nimitz
The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act allowed discrimination because of someone's sexuality or gender identity. Like in a business they can deny jobs to people who believe in other religions that maybe the owner might not believe in like if the person is a transgender or gay. There is more to it than that but they owner will not hire them because of that. These businesses should not be able to deny someone just because the owner has a certain a religion or belief upon someone else's sexuality or identity of gender. The rectification of the First Amendment states that they should freely practice religion an with civil right laws that forbid denial of service.

4/15/2015
Irving/TX
Cynthia
Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for discrimination because a business can deny a job to anyone who does not meet the business owner’s religious standards, which could be because the person is gay, lesbian, transgender, male, female, etc. The government rectifies the First Amendment right to freely practice religion with civil rights laws that forbid denial of service, employment or housing through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protect religion rights of businesses and the general public. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner’s religion. A business is all about making money. If they do not hire people or serve people because of their religion then they will be losing money, it’s a loss for them.

4/14/2015
Irving, Tx
Jennipher
Bradley/Nimitz
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act does allow for discrimination because owners of businesses can act on their own prejudices and deny service or employment to others based on their religious affiliation. The government attempts to rectify the First Amendment Right to freely practice religion with civil rights laws that forbid denial of service, employment, or housing by passing laws such as the RFRA protecting individuals and their businesses. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying denying services to someone based on the owner’s religion because religious affiliation should not be a part of business although people are given the right to openly represent their religion. No matter the circumstance consumers give companies and businesses money that keep them going so it should not matter if the consumer has the same religious beliefs.

4/14/2015
Irving/Texas
Brittany
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes, Indiana's RFRA does allow for discrimination because it allows businesses and their owners to use the law to act out on their prejudices while using their religious beliefs as an excuse. By passing laws like this that protect businesses and individuals right to practice the religion of their choice and their interpretation of it, the government rectifies the First Amendment. No, businesses shouldn't be allowed to justify their denial of services to someone based solely on the owner's religion. If a business decided they wouldn't serve conservative Christians or Republicans, they would come under fire for discrimination, so businesses that claim a Christian belief system shouldn't be given special privileges to do the same thing to the LGBT community.

4/14/2015
Irving/Texas
David
Bradley/Nimitz
The Indiana RFRA does allow for discrimination. It allows businesses in particular to wedge around the law and claim religious protection for discriminatory actions. The government rectifies the First Amendment by attempting to pass laws such as these, protecting an individual’s right (or business’ right since they are defined as artificial people) to practice their religion whether it be through how they dress or serve the public. Businesses should not be allowed to justify denying services to someone because of the owner’s religion because one person’s beliefs shouldn't categorize an entire business’ employees, as Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A have gone under fire for it in the past. A business is honestly about money, so no matter who they are serving for whatever reason, they shouldn't discriminate them because deep down in their heart they know they need the consumer’s money over their own beliefs.

4/14/2015
Irving/TX
Carol
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the RFRA does allow for discrimination because it is too broad. Finding a way to promote the first amendment right while also protecting civil rights is hard because of people's religions. Most religions do discriminate against certain sexualities so there's really no way to get around it because if we put certain laws to make sure the religious groups can't discriminate they'll just whine and say their first ammendment right is being infringed upon. No businesses should not be able to deny anyone service because of the owner's religion, it's exactly like denying a black person from service because you don't like them, it's personal preference and shouldn't be forced upon the store owner's business.

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