Letter: Discrimination

February 17, 2014 

What seems lost on our legislators is the reason early Europeans emigrated to this continent. Many of the early colonists were fleeing religious intolerance. It seems incongruous to me that some members of the Idaho Legislature have the temerity to introduce legislation that would sanction any discrimination based on religious grounds. This country has suffered through the Salem witch trials, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement in the ’60s, voting rights and a whole host of other anti-discrimination actions. To suggest that any minority group of individuals is not subject to equal protection under the law in housing or in the work place is absolutely contrary to the principles that this nation was founded upon.

It is one thing to protect someone’s religious beliefs and quite another to impose those beliefs on others. To allow and foster discrimination based upon sexual orientation is a step back to the 17th century. If this proposed legislation is allowed to pass who’s next? Do they go after the poor, Native Americans, people of Irish heritage or an as yet unidentified minority group? I would expect legislative initiatives such as this from the KKK or Aryan Nations, not a sitting legislator.


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