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posted: 11/4/2013 6:00 AM

Legislation discriminates against religious people

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You support equality for marriage in your editorials. And thus you have chosen to support a bill, SB 10, a bill that discriminates against individual freedom of religion? Have you read SB 10 all the way through? Does it not bother you that the bill calls for discrimination against individual freedom of religion?

True, the bill calls for freedom of religion for institutions, but only for institutions. It clearly states that protection from punitive action does not apply to individuals. And that does not disturb you?

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The bill did not need to be written that way. It could easily have been written to provide freedom of conscience/religion for individuals as well as institutions. But the author seems to have deliberately chosen otherwise.

How can you support a bill that calls for discrimination? How can you support a bill that violates the First Amendment? It seems that you believe it is not OK to discriminate against homosexuals but it is fine to discriminate against religious people. This discriminating bill ought to be withdrawn.

Louis Bowers

Mount Prospect

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