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  •  Question: If this use "faith" as a reason why (1+ / 0-)
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    they veto the bill, can that be discrimination?

    Meaning, using their own faith as a "personal reason" why they are not going to sign this bill, is that using religious intolerance to discriminate against other people and therefore illegal?

    This has been brought up so many times as reasons why people don't vote for these kinds of bills.  But their religion isn't the same as everyone in their state, so acting on said religion is illegal, right?  (example: Voting on Christian values even though they have other religions recognized in their state)

    They would have to go by every religion for every person in their state in order to judge equally.  

    How are they able to use their own personal faith as a factor in a legal standing that presides over people of all faiths/non-faiths in their state?

    "I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." - Dalai Lama

    by MotherTrucker on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 07:26:38 PM PDT

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    •  Faith is often just an excuse (4+ / 0-)

      I doubt Gov. Douglas would advocate the banning of shaving razors or non-kosher meats in Vermont supermarkets, but according to the Bible men aren't supposed to shave their beards and people aren't supposed to eat non-kosher meat. Faith is often an excuse to mask one's own bigotry. If he believes the Bible, he's not entitled to pick and choose which verses he will enforce like he's at a cafeteria.

      There are 10 kind of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who don't.

      by craigkg on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 07:33:05 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but can they use that excuse? (2+ / 0-)
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        in this day and age, their religion isn't the only one out there and so I'm asking seriously:  How can they use their own faith as a guide for making laws when their state has hundreds (thousands?) of churches with different religions and/or people with no religion?

        Meaning: How can you legally use your own personal faith for State matters?

        Doesn't that violate an amendment of some kind?

        "I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." - Dalai Lama

        by MotherTrucker on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 07:38:38 PM PDT

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        •  I was really hoping for an answer (0+ / 0-)

          to this legal question.  Legal Dkos?

          "I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." - Dalai Lama

          by MotherTrucker on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 03:36:39 AM PDT

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