Last week on the podcast, we talked about Georgia, “Religious Freedom,” and what it could mean for the horror community.
Yesterday, Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed their state’s “Religious Liberty” bill. Why would this be news on a horror website? Because Disney and Marvel threatened to take their business elsewhere, and AMC announced that if the bill passed, “The Walking Dead” would no longer be filmed in Georgia.
Thankfully, the bill did not pass. I’m not speaking as someone involved in the LGBTQ community, but as a free market Libertarian. Why did we need this law to begin with?
According to supporters of the bill, it “simply protects pastors, churches, and faith-based organizations from being forced to violate their religious beliefs.” Bills like this have been passed in two other states, most notably, Indiana.
Supposedly, this all started because of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, in which Hobby Lobby wanted to be exempt from providing birth control to their female employees under the Affordable Care Act. Supporters also claim it’s to protect businesses from being sued by the LGBTQ community for denial of service.
I invoked my Libertarian (ok, more Anarchist) views in this, because I ask why we NEED legislation like this. You can deny ANYONE service for any reason. That’s a good thing, because then, the free markets (if they were allowed to act properly) would weed out the discriminating stores.
For example, if I had an ice cream shop, and I didn’t want Muslims in my store, I can simply deny them service. However, I better hope that the people who agree with my side spend more money in my store, to cover for the business I am about to lose, or else, I’m no longer in business. Therefore, society would eventually weed me out, and I would no longer be fit to survive.
I do no support violating anyone’s religious freedoms, and yes, there should be religious exemptions, if we are to have the state control the production of health care.
I think any knee-jerk laws like this are completely stupid, no matter who the law is designed to “protect.” Good call Gov. Deal.