By Video Contributor “That Guy T”

Yet again, the conversation has come about regarding anti-discrimination laws. This time, it’s due to the latest Indiana bill. It essentially granted immunity from discriminatory practices if those practices are done on the grounds of “religious freedom”.

Some of you may be familiar with my position on anti-discrimination laws. If not, I suggest you check out my video “Anti-Discrimination laws are stupid”. So, I’m not really going to talk about the law itself, my beliefs on freedom of association or my position on the whole Boycott Indiana thing. Instead, I’d like to ask a different question, directed at the majority of individuals criticizing Indiana for taking this stance: Should a society’s culture necessarily be reinforced by that same society’s laws?

The reason I decided to base my video around this question was due to the extremely common rebuttals I received in regards to the debate over freedom of association. The argument goes a little something like this:

“We as a societal majority have decided that it is culturally unacceptable to discriminate against individuals based on race, gender, or sexual orientation. Since the majority of us agree that discrimination is not acceptable, that gives us legitimacy to mandate that everyone abide by that belief through government legislation.”

So, should this be the case? Instinctively, it would seem morally correct to say yes but let’s think about it. Enforcing cultural norms isn’t always favorable to all demographics. Granted, over time, these cultural ideals evolve to become more standard and inclusive. However, in my opinion, that’s still no reason to mandate them.

There are many subjective moral beliefs and traditional practices that many people believe shouldn’t be law. For example, in many Islamic countries, it is morally common to not partake in the consumption of pork or alcohol. I don’t mind if that’s the case but do I think that pork and alcohol should be banned in those nations? No.

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