Indiana needs a prophet.
I may live in Michigan, but I’m a Hoosier in my heart. I grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Butler University. I am also gay.
So it was with sadness, and (if I’m honest) a little fear, that I read about their new state law that would allow businesses to deny services to people simply because they’re gay. You can read the law here: http://indy.st/1FTQsNX.
Earlier this year, the state of Oklahoma considered a similar bill. However, they were forced to consider that bill with a mirror held up to their faces, thanks to the prophetic act of state Representative Emily Virgin. The job of a prophet is to expose injustice, and Rep. Virgin’s amendment to the bill did just that. The amendment said businesses who wished to deny services to gay or interracial couples would be required to publicly post notice of this in their establishment, as well as on their web site.
The bill did not pass.
Rep. Virgin later wrote on her Facebook profile, “This would save same-sex couples the trouble and embarrassment of going into that business just to be turned away.’”
Which is what I’ve been thinking churches should do. Continue reading