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The governor of Indiana is quietly backtracking on a law that threatens to legalize discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people – after growing pressure from tech companies. Business portal Angie's List, which is based in the state, has halted its expansion after the law was passed last week. Its CEO …

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Re: pisses off the tolerance crowd.

Yeah, those tolerant bastards, with their lack of prejudice. What a bunch of cunts!

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

"If you want to piss all over the democratic process, take direct control of legislative and governmental processes, and turn your democracy into theocracy:"

1. Listen to idiots on forums and in the media, who know nothing, but proclaim their opinion loudly enough to seem like a majority.

2. Be stupid.

3. Let someone else do your thinking for you.

Little historical fact.

The Islamic world was generations ahead of the western world in science, medicine, art, culture, and engineering.

Then they got religion.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

> The Islamic world was generations ahead of the western world in science, medicine, art, culture, and engineering.

>Then they got religion.

If they didn't have religeon before then how come they were (to use your words) 'The Islamic world'?

Hint: Your statement is utter nonsense - the Islamic renaissance was in the 8-th to 14th centuries, well after Islam itself arose. And was in huge contrast the the reactionary and backward-looking 'Christian' west.

Then after the 14th century, the situation flipped around with the Renaissance starting in the west and increased resistance to scientific thought in the Islamic world.

Nothing to do with "getting religeon".

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

"religion". Please.

Otherwise you're doing quite well. But it's a religion, not a pigeon.

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Re: A very clever piece of social engineering by these corporations

>Nothing to do with "getting religeon".

I think he meant to say getting right wing fundamentalism disguised as religion.

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How does this boycott thing work again?

I endorse the Indiana legislation, for which the author calls me a bigot. If The Register does not apologize for the author's slander, or fire the author, I will remove The Register from my RSS after years of faithful readership.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Good bye and good riddance

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Don't let the door etc. etc.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Just adblock them.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Make sure you do not expose yourself to anything else that you disagree with either.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Actually, the article does not accuse you of being a bigot at all, even if you "support" the legislation. It highlights the fact that any application of the law in order to discriminate against people is likely to be seen as un-American since it would act as a barrier to commerce.

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Re: I will remove The Register from my RSS

OOOh! I bet they're shitting bricks! Handbag icon please!!

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Bye, you won't be missed.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

OK then. Bye.

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@ Matt the bigot: Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Matt,

Thanks for your contribution, please remem to close the door on the way out.

Ooi if you have young-ish kids, and one of them was brave enough to stand up for their beliefs re exiting the closet, would you then disown them, help them to be 'cured', (good luck with that), or stick your fingers in your ears.

Or love them for whatever they and support them through the many challenges they will be facing?

I am not all religious, and couldn't care less about what religious folk do UNLESS they starting foisting their views on others or using their beliefs to actually or metaphorically treat whole swathes of society like something fragrant your don't want to tread in....

Ymmv.

J

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Re: @ Matt the bigot: How does this boycott thing work again?

Hi J,

You seem quite happy to foist your views on Matt.

Hmmm,

AC.

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Expose yourself to viewpoints other than your own bigotry? How dare they!

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

OK, then. Bye bigot.

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Re: @ Matt the bigot: How does this boycott thing work again?

> You seem quite happy to foist your views on Matt.

I think there's a sizeable difference between somebody writing down their beliefs in a form you don't have to read and somebody making their beliefs into the law.

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Ac: me foisting: Re: @ Matt the bigot: How does this boycott thing work again?

Dear Ac,

Thank you for your contribution (which I do not say in jest).

I am a little perturbed as to the means by which I have the ability to foist and (legislate) my opinions on anyone.

I have never met the aforementioned gentleman (and would happily share grog given an opportunity).

The (any) law has several potential outcomes, based on:

- what it says

- how it may be interpreted (which is the challenging bit...)

- whatever either side can get away with...

Ymmv!!!

J

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Re: Ac: me foisting: @ Matt the bigot: How does this boycott thing work again?

Yeah, sorry. I had a shit day at work and was just lashing out. The fact is I actually fancy my boss and he's the same sex as me and it's getting really difficult to deal with. Then I come on here and everyone's trying to make out that homosexuality is ok but I know in my heart it's a sin so I just lashed out.

Sorry again everyone. I'm just in a really tricky place right now....

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Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Sorry Kieran, the cat is already out of the bag and the article does nothing to clarify, counter or balance the obviously vitriolic comments it engendered.

You should have said the last sentence of your apology above in the first paragrah of the article when it vaugely hinted at in the last part of the article

There are two sides to every story and yours only covered the side of the theophobes.

Gays or any sect do not have any MORE rights than Christians do and thats what these laws protect us Christians against. All these clickbait articles do is perpetuate a victim mentality that does no one good.

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Freedom From Religion

I wonder if the Indiana "Freedom of Religion" also includes "Freedom from Religion"?

If it doesn't then we have classic religious hypocrisy...

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The biggest problem facing humanity...

..is religion. The sooner the great unwashed start to think for themselves and wise up to the fact that it's all smoke an mirrors and dogma only serves to make good men do evil things, the better or all of us.

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Re: The biggest problem facing humanity...

Sophistry.

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Big problems for humanity... are exploitable vulnerabilities/zeroday trading opportunities?

The biggest problem facing humanity....is religion. The sooner the great unwashed start to think for themselves and wise up to the fact that it's all smoke an mirrors and dogma only serves to make good men do evil things, the better or all of us.

Hi, AC,

It is difficult to impossible to disprove and not realise that religion is a phorm of vapourware and just as effective and rewarding.

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Re: Big problems for humanity... are exploitable vulnerabilities/zeroday trading opportunities?

"The biggest problem facing humanity....is XXXXXX. The sooner the great unwashed start to think for themselves and wise up to the fact that it's all smoke an mirrors and dogma only serves to make good men do evil things, the better or all of us."

XXXXX could be replaced by several things

Religion, Politics, Publicity, Money, Royalty, etc etc take your pick.

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Re: The biggest problem facing humanity...

Yeah - cos it's well known that only the religious can be bigots and psychpaths. LIke those well known leaders of religion like Pol Pot and Stalin..

Religion is an excuse, not the root cause. Just like politics and money.

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Re: The biggest problem facing humanity...

The root cause is very well known, it's called "Greed" and all of the major institutions practice it with zell.

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Religious Freedom vs Persecution

Let me see if I have this straight, If a Chrsitian criticizes me for being gay, it's called Freedom of Religion, if I criticize the Christian for doing so, it's called Persecution. Sound about right?

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Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

What if the Christian is a pedophiliac Catholic priest?

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Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

"What if the Christian is a pedophiliac Catholic priest?"

Then likely he's a gay pedophiliac Catholic priest....

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Sorry that does not work - you don't have to be gay to be a pedophile, try again and use a proper dictionary/brain

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@e2: Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

E2,

Priests that fiddle with kids?

Nah, surely any respectable church wouldn't condone such behaviour, I mean they wouldn't hide the evidence, ignore the protestations, move the evil feckers (sorry, priests) or let them keep their Church titles would they now?

Moral guidance, ethics, leading by example?

F'ing right....

J.

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Re: @e2: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

Dear Mr Rickets

You seem to have got it the wrong way round. If a Christian says that homosexual acts are wrong they are charged with a hate crime. If a homosexual says that Christianity is wrong then that's freedom of expression.

Cheers,

AC.

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Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

"you don't have to be gay to be a pedophile"

But it seems to help. Most Catholic priests go for boys as I understand it. Makes sense to a degree - if you can't repress one perverted sexual preference, why not another?

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Mike Pence is so polished and shiny, he's gotta be gay. Deep closet, terrified of being outed... reminds me of that NYC mayor back in the day. Hiding his orientation from the voters by being the biggest gay basher in the state.

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the ultimate closet

Like Bachmann's husband who always seems to have a male escort around?

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Escort? I see what you did there...

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Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

Much has been written about the florist and photographer who refused to service a gay wedding because it offends their religious beliefs. Regardless of what you may think about their beliefs, why in 2015 is persecution of someone for exercising their faith a good thing? Or rather, what sort of person, when told that what they requests offends a deeply held religious belief, rebuffs, reproves, and then uses force of law to compel servitude? The answer is a narcissist. Only someone who cares not for others and only thinks of themselves would do such a thing.

So, at least in the application of compelling service for a gay wedding, why is the state enabling narcissism and persecution something to be applauded?

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

The history and power of "Go along to get along" should be enough explanation.

Mom & Pop florists or photographers who ARE willing to do the work for gay marriages will become targets of extremist hate filled anti-gay lobbies. This happens all the time. Shows like Ellen Degeneris's were break throughs because big TV grew the stones (pardon me) to tell the Moral Majority et co to get lost. Don't assume pressure tactics from the right wing religious nuts has stopped because big TV found some profit.

Making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation protects the majority who do not have a problem with homosexuality from abuse by the zealots.

Alien because only a space alien could so poorly understand Human politics.

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

Ellen would still be on TV if religious people were not compelled to work for her or to watch her.

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

That makes no sense.

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

Do you need me to write it slower?

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

"why in 2015 is persecution of someone for exercising their faith a good thing?"

Because it is not a matter of exercising faith it is a matter of imposing it on others. e.g:

1) Jewish Doctor refuses to prescribe medication because capsules in question have a gelatin component derived from pigs.

2) Jehova Witness Doctor refuses to authorise\recommend a blood transfusion.

3) Muslim Doctor refuses to prescribe medication containing ethanol.

4) Buhddist Doctor refuses to kill ANYTHING ...including MRSA.

5) Hindu Doctor refuses to prescribe anything derived from a bovine byproduct.

6) Politicians insist on passing bovine byproduct legislation.

...in all cases bar '6' the perp in question is going to be summarily shut down for indulging in dangerous, superstitious obscurantism. Arguing that Doctors deal in lives and florists don't is irrelevant to the principle. Relevant religious freedom would be:

1) Freedom to have a Christian Cross (or other equivalent) as part of your corporate branding and insist ALL cakes you bake must carry this brand.

2) Freedom to print W'boro Baptist Church slogans on your company uniform (1st Amendment issue) and PERSONALLY wear said uniform to ALL events.

3) Freedom to refuse to borrow any money at interest due to ursury.

4) Freedom to personally refuse to ACCEPT any medical treatment listed above (but not to extend that to become an imposition on anyone else).

5) Freedom not to include pork, beef, alcohol, meat of any kind or anything else on your restaurant menu.

6) Freedom to "judge not, lest ye be judged".

Essentially, your right to exercise superstition ends at the same point that your right to exercise racism does ("Curse of Ham" anyone?).

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

"why in 2015 is persecution of someone for exercising their faith a good thing?"

Persecution would be when they are punished or otherwise harmed for practicing their religion. As in praying, going to church or wearing a cross. Since when is discrimination "excercising faith"? If the FSM doesn't know you're faithful already, discriminating against LGBTs isn't going to help. Try praying harder. Let us know how that works out after you're dead. Oh, wait...

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

Sorry sir. Your argument is totally misplaced. If a doctor has hangups as to blood tranfution or bovine produucts, his patients will reflect his preference. You as a CUSTOMER have a choice to go elsewhere. It is not discrimination. But if it is a monopolistic service which cannot be got elsewhere without undue hardship then it is a different matter and the state ought to step in. Those are extreme conditions as in mathematics we call it "outside the limits of an equation" i.e this equation fails when conditions like infinity are to be calculated. for example zero divided by zero...

Howver if a heart surgeon refuses you heart surgery because you choose to use some parts of your body below your heart line for purposes than it was naturally intended for (in his opinion) then that is discrimination..

I bet no one would refuse a specialized surgery from a doctor of different faith or sexual orientation if he happens to be the only one available on hand. Or if an accident victim is spotted and your offer to help is based on their sexual preference.. that is discrimination.

Just for the sake of argument, giving extreme examples is not smart. All equations fail at extremes.. including the ones used by NASA.

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

"Much has been written about the florist and photographer who refused to service a gay wedding because it offends their religious beliefs. Regardless of what you may think about their beliefs, why in 2015 is persecution of someone for exercising their faith a good thing?"

Because if that religious belief involves you descriminating against someone who is not breaking a law then you should think long and hard about what you are doing. If your religious belief says you should not service someone who is a murderer, or a thief, or a paedophile, then I would understand, because those people have committed illegal acts. But being homosexual is no longer an illegal act, so you are descriminating against somebody who has committed no crimes against the law of the land (or State) that you live in.

If you are Jewish you should not descriminate against Gentiles; if you are Muslim you should not descriminate against Jews; if you are Protestant you should not descriminate against Catholics, so long as being a Gentile, a Jew, a Muslim, a Protestant, a Catholic...or even an Atheist, is not against the law of the Country or State you live in.

The real answer of course is that you shouldn't discriminate against anyone just because a Holy Book says so. If you do, that makes you a Religious Bigot, and Completely Wrong.

I'm from the UK so it would appear I have a far more tolerant and far less polarised view towards same-sex relationships and marriages than certain people in the US. It still astounds us that a US politician can stand up and state publicly that homosexuality is wrong and will be punished by God. None of our politicians would be stupid enough to do that.

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

> why is the state enabling narcissism and persecution

It isn't, it's just setting minimum standards of acceptable behaviour in a community.

The only people being persecuted here are the ones God is terrorising into being shitbags. Blame her.

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@lorisarvendu

I dunno, didn't the UK use "chemical castration" on male homosexuals as recently as the 1970s?

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