Letter: Bring back ‘take your business elsewhere’

From: Bill Kendall


There already has been and will continue to be much discussion both pro and con about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Some years ago business owners put out a sign: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” No reasons had to be stated, no questions had to be asked; the prospective customer simply found someplace else to transact business. No lawsuits, no slandering or libelous remarks. You simply found another business. 

Not so today, as the gay rights supporters seem vehemently intent on forcing their lifestyle down someone’s throat who disagrees with it. Nobody cares what happens in the privacy of your own home, that’s your business; but when it starts directly affecting others, then it becomes everybody’s business.

An example of what this law is designed to protect against: City officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed an ordinance that bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. They also told two Christian ministers that if they did not perform same-sex ceremonies they could face months in jail and $1,000 in fines.

As for Tim Cook and George “Sulu” Takei, you don’t live in Indiana. It’s really none of your business.