FCA US Joins Michigan Businesses In Opposition Of Proposed Religious Freedom Bill

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
fca us joins michigan businesses in opposition of proposed religious freedom bill

Joining the likes of Kellogg’s, Herman Miller and Steelcase, FCA US declared Tuesday its opposition to Michigan’s proposed religious freedom bill.

The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, modelled upon the original federal legislation signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, would bestow businesses and individual citizens exemptions from other state legislation that parties claim would infringe upon their religious beliefs, Allpar News reports. Governor Rick Synder stated he would veto the RFRA unless protections for LGBT Michiganders were expanded in conjunction, expansions FCA US stood behind in its statement regarding the bill:

FCA US LLC has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and as such, oppose any law that can result in discrimination. Accordingly, FCA US supports efforts to update Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our commitment and policy extends to our employees and business partners.

The opposition toward the bill follows recent backlashes against similar legislation introduced in Indiana and Arkansas. The latter state’s government passed an addendum clarifying its intent behind its RFRA after Indiana sustained significant economic damages – travel bans, event cancellations, loss of new business opportunities et al – as a result of public scrutiny upon the its passage of similar legislation.

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  • Thelaine Thelaine on May 02, 2015

    Volando, I am very grateful for your contribution. I do not hate people. Facism is terrifying and we are seeing it right here in America. People are being branded with the ugliest epithets and having their lives upended because will not conform to the new orthodoxy. I personally could not care less about gay marriage, but I am frightened of facism. Your elequent posts have clarified the argumens for me and struck the demagogues mute. Much obliged.

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    • VolandoBajo VolandoBajo on May 03, 2015

      @Pch101 Hey, Pch101 flip back a few pages from Public Accommodation to Projection, then take a close look in the mirror and then tell me if you managed to see anything. I'd like to get a rough idea of the limits of your brain stem, so I can determine what level I can address you at that you would be able to comprehend. @Thelaine has your number, buddy-roll.

  • MrGreenMan MrGreenMan on May 02, 2015

    You know, Bertel Schmitt or Jack Baruth would have cooled off this conversation already. This isn't something that's going to be resolved on an auto site.

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    • Mark Stevenson Mark Stevenson on May 03, 2015

      My primary job isn't to moderate conversation; it's to manage the editorial and news content. Additionally, the comment system makes it *incredibly* hard to moderate comments without reading Every. Single. Post. To be absolutely frank, I have been working 12-16 hour days without actively moderating comments. My job, and that of the writers, is not to moderate discussion as a primary function. We do it when we can. If there is a discussion way outside the accepted level of discourse requiring attention, let us know. There's a Contact Form here: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/contact/

  • BklynPete BklynPete on May 02, 2015

    All of this is pointless. An interesting dialogue has been hijacked with Swinging Johnson-waving by Internet tough guys Both sides have turned me off completely. Do any of you think that a) the insults and name-calling are genuine debate? or that b) you can change your opponent's mind? That's it, I'm out

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    • Thelaine Thelaine on May 03, 2015

      @VolandoBajo I watched it too. Full of wisdom.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 03, 2015

    VolandoBajo - I looked it up. Great speech. We human beings think that we have evolved especially with all of our technological superiority but we still huddle in our primitive tribal caves with our clubs clenched tightly fearful of anyone or anything that is not of our clan. We say we search for the truth but we really only search for validation of our beliefs. We need to move beyond that. One may not believe in God but Jesus was all about moving beyond our primal self. To love our fellow man as ourselves. As human beings we all have the right to dignity and respect and if both sides of this debate or any debate were to approach it from that point we'd be in a much better place. I tend to be more surprised by altruistic behavior than that of selfishness, hatred and contempt. Rays of hope do appear and I'd have to say that our dialogue happens to be one of them.