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Letters: The debate over rights and religious liberty

Thousands protest Indiana's Religious Freedom Law on March

Thousands protest Indiana's Religious Freedom Law on March 31, 2015. Credit: AP

I would like to respond to the April 6 letter "Stand in support of Indiana's new law," which condemned the attack on the infamous Indiana law that would turn the public accommodation law on its head by enabling shopkeepers to deny service to gay people.

Any letter that doesn't mention gay people but uses the expressions "leftist jackals" and "liberal wolves" is coming from a special place.

When my mother was growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, she always wondered why she could sit anywhere she liked in the local movie theater, while African Americans had to sit in the balcony. When she got older, she realized the terrible reason. I'll be damned if I'll sit in the balcony of life in the United States in 2015 for the same reason.

Peter Miller



While reading news of Indiana and Arkansas passing legislation in the name of religious freedom, virtually allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs, I feel so ashamed. Ashamed to be an American and a Christian.

Our Founding Fathers laid the groundwork for everyone to have the right to be free from discrimination based on race, creed, color or sex. Our Christian upbringing taught us we must love everyone as we love ourselves, for the love of God.

We don't have to like everyone, nor agree with everyone; that is the beauty of America. However, we cannot discriminate against them.

Paul Spina