- - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It seems to me there is a false underlying assumption about the criticism of Indiana’s religious freedom law (“Obama now hits religious freedom in Indiana,” Page I, March 30). We are being conditioned to think of all discrimination as bad. I remember when a discriminating shopper was thought of as one who had standards of quality and would only buy products that came up to those standards. Is that type of discrimination bad?

When a man marries a woman, he publicly promises that, in certain areas of life, he will discriminate in favor of that one woman against all other women. Likewise the woman promises that in those same areas of life she will discriminate in favor of that one man against all other men. Is that type of discrimination bad?

As to the claim that the law should not “legitimize discrimination,” that is the whole purpose of any law. Any law on the books legitimizes discrimination against one type of behavior and legitimizes discrimination in favor an opposing type. For example, laws against theft legitimize discrimination against stealing and in favor of respecting people’s property rights. Laws against murder legitimize discrimination against taking the life of a human being without due process of law and in favor of respecting people’s right to live.

THOMAS M. CRAWFORD

Laurel



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