Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Satanic Temple launches petition for 'discrimination transparency'

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Last month, a story about a Roseville doctor who refused to treat a same-sex couple's baby — citing religious convictions — made the rounds. Meanwhile, Michigan has been considering a so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that would allow a person or business to refuse services that conflict with their religious beliefs.

The Satanic Temple, an activist group that fights for separation of Church and State, would rather have businesses be upfront with their discrimination policies. That's why the group's Detroit chapter recently launched a petition to urge the Senate to consider an amendment that would require "businesses who accommodate the public to post any discrimination policy in effect in a conspicuous location visible to patrons and employees."

They even provide printable signs that businesses could put on display. One says, "Due to sincerely held religious beliefs, service is denied to _______." The other reads, "Due to sincerely held beliefs, ALL are welcome."

“Not only would such signs help save time and embarrassment for those who might otherwise go into a place of business and find themselves unwelcome, but they would also prove helpful to those of us who disagree with discriminatory policies in general," spokesperson Jex Blackmore says in a release. "We will wish to take our own business elsewhere, whether the policies directly exclude us or not.”

Previously, officials granted the Satanic Temple the right to erect a Satanic holiday display on Lansing's Capitol lawn.

Read more about the petition at the Satanic Temple Detroit's website.

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