Gov. Pence, bigoted actions, speech prove you are bigoted
Using the term “religious freedom” in the title of your Bill is an Orwellian attempt to fool Americans into believing that this is a wholesome reaffirmation of one of the pillars of our Constitution. We have the Bill of Rights. Most, if not all, attempts to “redefine and restate” this wonderful document are thinly veiled attempts to circumvent the very freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. As ratified by the U.S. Congress in 1791, Article 3 of the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Do we really need to rework this? Particularly during this Easter season, Governor Pence, seek the help and guidance to love thy neighbor, as this is the basis of your professed religion, is it not? Or simply re-read the Bill of Rights and stop insulting us.
Steven E. Keller, Ph.D. is the Research Director of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School.