Day 89 of 365 Days of Silver ~~ I Am Grateful That My Country Allows Such Freedom

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“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
~~ Toni Morrison

So the Indiana governor has passed into law the ability to discriminate against people! Can you imagine? Businesses for instance can refuse to do business with gay people. And you know what? That is a part of freedom. Certain religious people can now tell me they won’t do business with me because I am gay. I say “certain” because I know plenty of Christians that love me just the way I am and wouldn’t dream of discriminating against me. But again, freedom has it’s price and sometimes that means I might not like what that freedom allows.

Freedom goes two ways.

However, there is something else that freedom allows. Freedom allows the backlash that has begun to ensue!

For instance….

ESPN, Keith Olbermann is calling on both the National College Athletic Association and the National Football League to boycott Indiana–including pulling out the Final Four–until the new law is repealed.

Salesforce, a $4 billion dollar software corporation, is boycotting the state and Scott McCorkle, CEO of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud division says this: “We have been an active member of the Indiana business community and a key job creator for more than a decade. Our success is fundamentally based on our ability to attract and retain the best and most diverse pool of highly skilled employees, regardless of gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Without an open business environment that welcomes all residents and visitors, Salesforce will be unable to continue building on its tradition of marketing innovation in Indianapolis.”

Angie’s List is canceling a 40 million dollars headquarter expansion!

Apple CEO Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and Max Levchin, the founder of PayPal, are condemning the bill, as well as the CEO of Yelp.

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which announced Monday that it is pulling its 2015 women’s conference out of Indianapolis. That means an event with at least 800 participants. “This un-American law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers sets Indiana and our nation back decades in the struggle for civil rights. It is an embarrassment and cannot be tolerated,” stated Lee Saunders, the union’s president.

Connecticut is joining the companies pulling business out of Indiana. Gov. Dan Malloy is signing an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana.

Celebrities are calling for boycotts.George Takei (Sulu from Star Trek) stated, “I am outraged that Gov. Pence would sign such a divisive measure into law. He has made it clear that LGBT couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome in his state. The notion that this bill was not driven by animus against our community is belied by the record and frankly insulting. I will join many in demanding that socially responsible companies withdraw their business, conferences and support from his state and that LGBTs and our friends and supporters refuse to visit or do business with Indiana. It is a sad day for the Hoosier state, and indeed for the many good people of Indiana, for whom this law now stands as a terrible blight upon that state’s reputation.”

Gen Con–a 50 million dollar convention–has threatened to cancel the annual convention that’s held in the state.

I am so grateful to live in a country to have such freedom. The freedom to hate…and the freedom to respond to hate. Why just think of all the countries where it is illegal to be gay! But not in the USA.

Today I am grateful for freedom!

B.G. Thomas


Tuesday morning (4/1/15) he Itndianapolis Star gave its full front page Tuesday morning to an editorial calling upon Governor Mike Pence (R) and the Indiana legislature to address the so-called “religious liberty” bill; Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome … Only bold action — action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens — will be enough to reverse the damage.

Stephen King tweeted: “Indian’s Religious Freedom Resoration act is gay discrimination, pur and simple. You can frost a dog turd, but it’s still a dog turd.”


Subaru, which has an assembly plant in Indiana and had previously said it had a policy against commenting on legislation, decided to comment: “We at Subaru do not agree with any legislation that allows for discrimination, or any behavior or act that promotes any form of discrimination,” said Michael McHale, director of corporate communications for Subaru of America. “Furthermore, we do not allow discrimination in our own operations, including our operations in the state of Indiana. We will certainly continue to take the issue of non-discrimination into consideration as part of our decision-making processes.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned nonessential state-funded travel from New York to Indiana, joining the governors of Connecticut and Washington in such bans.

Comedian and Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman will do a scheduled show in Indianapolis on Wednesday, but he’s donating the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign—and he’s cancelling a show scheduled for this summer.

USC athletic director Pat Haden: I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week.

And North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he won’t sign his state’s version of the law.

photos; prideflag by mxruben, and American flag photo by pippalou from morgueFile

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