For the last week the news has been dominated by discussions of Indiana's new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This law allows businesses to not engage in practices that are contrary to their faith. This law does not allow for example, a business to refuse to serve someone who is homosexual. It does allow a business to refuse to participate in something that violates the business owner's conscience.
For example a wedding is a sacred institution in the Christian church. Cake making, taking photographs, or decorating all help the couple in their ultimate goal - the wedding. Christians cannot in good conscience help someone violate the laws of God and thus they do not want to participate in a homosexual wedding. If the same homosexual came in asking for a birthday cake a Christian baker would still, under this law, have to provide it. A Birthday after all has nothing to do with being homosexual. The key here is what is the service in question doing? Is it helping one violate the laws of nature? Or is it a benign practice that in no way relates to God's eternal law?
Bill Clinton signed an act similar to this, as President, and 19 other states have the same law or one very similar to Indiana. See the map below for the list (the Dark Green has RFRA).
If you would like to read Indiana's Law; click here.
Also Arkansas just passed a similar law: to read theirs click here.
For more information please click here.