The Legislature pulled off a feat of magic that even the past valedictorians of Hogwarts would be jealous of: They created an environment of discrimination that hadn’t existed simply by affirming the right of religious objection.
What I find disgusting is when people misuse the term “racist,” because it detracts from the uniquely heinous history and nature of racism in order to morally equivocate different forms of discrimination that are, frankly, not as egregious.
Agendas are a tricky thing. On the one hand, it's easy to assume that someone's agenda motivates his or her actions and that this is inherently sinister. But even after spending over a decade in politics, I still think most people are good and want the best for their neighbor, their community, and themselves.
Greg Porter is my state representative. I respect the work he’s done in the community and I respect where I know he’s coming from when he proposes that Indiana adopt strict hate crime legislation in the coming session.
I am going to start with a confession: I am a conservative Republican, so it should be no surprise that I cracked up while reading tweets, Facebook posts and stories about the Indiana Democratic Party’s State Convention, or the “Big Dem Weekend.”
I get it. I understand why Democrats voted for the Affordable Care Act. I understand party loyalty and I understand that going against your party on such a key piece of legislation would be extremely difficult.