The National Football League, facing serious accusations from all sides about the mental health (dramatized in the Will Smith film Concussion) and the abusive activities of its players has now come out of the closet against religious freedom.
Georgia House Bill 757 has passed the legislature is now awaiting signature by the governor.
The bill protects organizations from being forced to provide services they have an ethical opposition to:
These organizations, which include churches, religious schools or associations, would not be required to provide social, educational or charitable services “that violate such faith-based organization’s sincerely held religious belief.” However, the amendment says government can enforce the terms of a grant, contract or other agreement.
Faith-based organizations also could not be forced to hire or retain an employee whose “religious beliefs or practices or lack of either are not in accord with the faith-based organization’s sincerely held religious belief.”
Finally, it includes much of the language found federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which requires government to prove a “compelling governmental interest” before it interferes with a person’s exercise of religion.
But the NFL is threatening to revoke Super Bowl privileges of Atlanta due to this legislation that allows for discrimination.
“NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
“Basically, they’re promoting discrimination based on religious belief to protest discrimination based on sexual orientation,” A reader commented.
It’s unclear if anyone in the NFL sees the contradiction of their anti-discrimination discrimination.