TITLE HERE: Excuse of Protecting Religious Beliefs

Using the excuse of protecting religious beliefs and co-opting the language of anti-discrimination, state legislatures in South Dakota, Tennessee, and Kansas have introduced or passed bills that allow for businesses and public and private employees to deny services to gay folks and queer families. So a paramedic could deny services. A cop could decline to intervene in a domestic violence situation. This is akin to pharmacists being allowed to not fill prescriptions for contraceptives or supply Plan B because of their "sincerely held religious beliefs." Using religion as a shield to hide hate or to trump peoples' rights to safety, health, and control over their own bodies is a sickening, savvy tool of the right.