The so called "Religious Freedom Act" passed in North Carolina is nothing more than a bill giving religious people the freedom to discriminate against persons different than themselves. This is what develops out of an environment of fear and paranoia.
I am quite sure many of the citizens of North Carolina are opposed to this legislation. Not only is it embarrassing, it also dismisses the laws of our country. This bill thumbs its nose at federal laws. It's a clear picture of what government at the state level is capable of doing to the rights of its citizens.
I am encouraged by the reaction I'm seeing across the country in support of persons opposed to this bill, and of the people this bill will hurt.
"It immediately drew the ire of Mark Zuckerberg, Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Cuomo, the airlines, the White House, and those sports franchises dear to the state of North Carolina. The High Point Furniture Market, an event that draws 80,000 customers and designers per year, is considering a boycott. (Governor? Who knew there were gay people in the interior decorating industry?) PayPal, which recently announced it would open a North Carolina operations center, protested by canceling its plan, and the 400 new jobs with it. And Bruce Springsteen torpedoed his sold-out show in Greensboro."
Way to go America. We need to be sure this South does not rise again.
By Allan Gurganus
April 8, 2016