Hoosier Hospitality?

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law SB 101, the so-called “religious freedom” bill, setting off a firestorm as concerned citizens, celebrities, politicians, and companies voiced their fears that this bill is nothing more than a license to discriminate against minorities.

I happen to agree with them.

I am, for lack of a better term, a Libertarian. Left leaning, in most cases, but a Libertarian, nonetheless.

By definition, Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgement.

As you can see, there’s a double-edged sword there, especially where this bill is concerned.

It has forced me to do a lot of soul-searching these past few days, and search I have.

As I see it, if you own and operate a business in the public sector then you must serve the public, regardless of their politics, religion, race, or sexual preference. We are a society. That means we have to get along. We don’t have to agree, but we do have to be civil.

On the flip-side of that, what you do in your own home is your business. And as such, I believe that private organizations are privy to that same respect.

But in public… you play nice. You accept that we live in a diverse society and we treat everyone equally and respectfully.

hornsThe Norse believed in a sort of “sacred hospitality”. In the Hávamál it is written: “Fire he needs who with frozen knees has come from the cold without; food and clothes must the farer have, the man from the mountains come. Water and towels and welcoming speech should he find who comes, to the feast…”

Can we not be gracious hosts to those who come to sit at our table? Must we choose to be divisive, to be filled with bigotry, hatred, and loathing of others? Must we discriminate against those who are different?

Let respect meet respect, honour meet honour. Though we are different, we are the same in so many ways. We draw breath beneath the same sky. We bleed the same colour of blood.

I offer goodwill to any man, woman, or child until they have wronged me. Expressing your personal liberty is not a wrong. I do the same, as should anyone who would be free. We should respect and honour each others freedom.

I stand against Governor Mike Pence and the “Religious Freedom” bill.

I stand for honour, respect, and the celebration of freedom and diversity.

Politically, Governor Pence may speak for Indiana, but he does not speak for me.


2 Responses to “Hoosier Hospitality?”

  1. I think you have cracked the code. I’m moving the same way politically, and this sort of thing is what pushed me away from the LP: it’s full of people who want to follow the light of Liberty into the darkness of isolation.

    It’s pathetic that we ever needed laws to enforce hospitality, and more so that we have Churchians who want to undo them in the name of their religion.

    They already had a chance to run things by their religious laws. We call that the Dark Ages for many good reasons.

    Worse yet, that religion coulda been a contenda. They had that Light of the World thing going on, but the desire for power requires, shall we say, a variety of dimmer switches.

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