"[Christians] were on the front lines of abolition, the Civil Rights movement, and in expanding LGBT rights," he wrote. "They risked their careers, families, and lives. Refusing service isn't an expression of Christian love, but an example of shaming. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is a revocation of some of the harsher judgments of the Old Testament ('an eye for an eye') in order to embrace all people as fellow travelers on the path to salvation. While most Christians want to help people along that path, Indiana's RFRA supporters want to set up road blocks."
"The politicians thought it would cost them nothing and gain them voter appreciation. Fortunately, it is costing them much more than they imagined," Mr. Abdul-Jabbar wrote. "People of all religions and races and ethnic backgrounds should join together to condemn this law and boycott the state because whenever we allow any discrimination, we make it possible for the infection to spread."