Regarding the March 31 news article “N.C. to debate religion bill”: Supporters of the “religious freedom” bill are mistaken when they claim this bill is similar to a federal version passed over 20 years ago. The current bill is the opposite of the federal bill in that it promotes discrimination rather than preventing it.
The rush to passage before June, ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, shows its true intent.
Our state doesn’t need the discord and damage to the economy that this bill would bring. Religious beliefs are a private matter. In the public square, there is no place for discrimination, by whatever other name it might be called.