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Traverse City Record Eagle (Newspaper) - April 6, 2015, Traverse City, MichiganT r a v e r s e c i t y r e c o r d e a g l e o Pinion editorial Page editor 231 933 1441 Brian steel news editor design David Miller editorial Page editor Andy Taylor associate editor digital Michigan press association newspaper of the year 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 2004 mpa award for Public service reporting and 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism in Public service reporting write us a letter our policy the record Eagle welcomes letters on any topic of general Community interest. Please limit your letters to no More than 200 words typewritten or clearly printed. Political endorsement letters Are limited to 100 words. All letters must contain the authors name which will be published along with the town and the authors signature address and Telephone number for verification purposes. Letters Are subject to editing. By mail mail submissions to record Eagle letters to the editor 120 w. Front st., traverse City i 49684. Wow. Record Eagle. Com by email letters record Eagle. Com. No attachments please. Letters can be read online at wow. Record Eagle. Com e edition by fax 231 946 8632 traverse City i 49684 traverse City r ecord e Agle wow. Record Eagle. Com editorial Board members David Miller Mike Tyree Dan Nielsen Nathan Payne Nathan Payne features editor Dan Nielsen business editor Mike Tyre executive editor monday april 6, 2015 4a a4 online poll to Days question is the traverse City commission doing the right thing by conducting its own search for a new City manager to vote in to Days poll or to see results from previous polls visit wow. Record Eagle. Com and Click on the opinion Button.  to the great lakes maritime Academy for hosting a captains dinner at lord Ellis the teaching restaurant inside Northwestern Michigan colleges Hagerty building a fundraiser for the maritime Academe yes student organizations. The Benefit will feature a gourmet three course pasta dinner prepared by great lakes culinary Institute chefs. The dinner will include a tour of the to s state of Michigan training ship. It is the second year for the dinner.  to former great lakes childrens museum director and current North sky nonprofit network consultant John Noonan who will Lead Cherryland humane society while officials search for a permanent director. Noonan is taking Over for longtime director Mike Cherry a hons retiring at the end of the month after 26 years at the organizations Helm.  to the keys to Freedom ministry a local nonprofit that took Over the grand traverse county jails ministries last summer and Hopes to expand its services to the Benzie and Leelanau counties jails. Chaplains organize everything from counselling Bible studies and worship services to events designed to Reward Good behaviour. Joe Bradway senior pastor at the Church of Philadelphia in traverse City co founded keys to Freedom with president Jamie Hall a Long time grand traverse county jail chaplain with her late husband Bob Hall.  to Northwestern Michigan College Northwest Michigan works and Bill Marsh automotive group for hosting jobs for vets a hiring fair for veterans. Nearly 200 veterans attended the recent hiring fair. Michigan employers helped bump Veteran employment to better rates than general employment. Only 6.2 percent of Michigan veterans Ages 18 and older were unemployed in 2014, compared to 7.3 percent of the general workforce Ages 16 and older.  to Kathy Tahtinen and her son Dominic Farmer who Are classmates in the same Earth science course at Northwestern Michigan College. Tahtinen of traverse City has earned numerous accolades since she enrolled in Jmc after 17 years away from the classroom Sheds gotten Many scholarships that Shell graduate this Spring debt free Sheds a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society Jmc named her the colleges adult student of the year in 2014 and most recently she became Michigan nos new Century scholar one of 50 Community College students from across the nation to receive the award. Tahtinen returned to school in 2011 while working full time maintaining two additional seasonal jobs and raising two teenage sons As a single Mother. On May 2 Shell formally earn three associate degrees in general studies business management and business administration. Farmer a traverse City Central High school senior a hons dual enrolled in Jmc this semester plans to attend As a full time student in the fall.  to Benzie county resident and birder Greg Miller who recently spotted a huge Bird near Otter Creek that turned out to be a Golden Eagle a rare sight Here. Golden eagles Are among North americans largest Birds of prey and typically Are found in Canada or the Western United states. They rarely but occasionally Wing through Northwest lower Michigan. Birder Kathy Kaczynski spotted what was Likely the same Bird near Bohemian Road and Ryant Road in Leelanau county about two hours later.  to team elmers workers who will take the first few Steps toward reconstructing u. S. 31 North in the last few Daylight hours and into the night tonight. They Are to install utilities and Start putting up temporary Light signals along the Road at about 6 p. M. The work is part of a $ 10.3 million Michigan department of transportation project to reconstruct the Road from three mile Road to Holiday Road from today through june 27. Cheers n nationwide outrage Over India nays religious Freedom restoration act the Fra signed into Law by gov. Mike Pence March 26, is a remarkable sign of just How far the country has come on the Issue of civil rights for lesbian Gay bisexual and transgender lbt americans. Everyone from basketball luminary Charles Barkley to Apple ceo Tim Cook have sounded an alarm about a Law that critics charge will promote discrimination against lbt people. Gov. Pence is now scrambling to contain the damage As the Boycott Indiana movement goes viral. Absent repeal or a major fix its entirely possible that the final four will be playing in Indianapolis this week for the final time a scary Prospect for basketball crazed hoosiers. At a press conference Pence kept repeating the mantra Fra is not a License to discriminate and announced that he has asked the legislature to Amend the Law to make that Clear. The governor blamed opponents of the Law and inaccurate Media coverage for creating the misperception that India nays Fra would permit discrimination against lbt people. While its certainly True that heated rhetoric describing the Law As ant Gay and alarmist Media stories contributed to the backlash against the Law thatus not How India nays Fra got a bad rap in the first place. In an hour Long Exchange with reporters Pence refused to acknowledge that Many supporters of the Law including leaders of conservative Christian groups standing by the governors Side when he signed the Bill into Law pushed for Fra precisely because they Hope it will permit business owners to deny services and benefits to same sex couples on religious grounds. As a supporter of both Equality and religious Freedom i am torn Between celebrating the outrage at the Specter of discrimination and mourning the damage done to the cause of religious Freedom. The Indiana debate much like the Fra fight in Arizona two years ago and current debates in Georgia and Arkansas has been so misleading vindictive and divisive that any rational discussion of if and How we can uphold both nondiscrimination and religious Freedom in Indiana or anywhere else May no longer be possible. Heres the tragic irony As the governor belatedly admitted at his press conference the Indiana Fra is very unlikely to protect religious claims in the Way Many proponents Promise and thus equally unlikely to bring about the wave of anti Gay discrimination that Many opponents fear. For a Fuller understanding of just Why Fra is not or should not be the villain of this piece we need a Little history. Lets Start with the 1990 u. S. Supreme court decision employment division v. Smith that sharply curtailed the application of the compelling state interest test Long used by courts to determine when government Laws or regulations substantially Burden the free exercise of religion. Under the pre Smith regime Many religious claims for exemption from Laws that substantially burdened the practice of Faith were accommodated unless the government could demonstrate a compelling state interest in refusing accommodation and no less restrictive Way of accomplishing that interest. In the three years following Smith More than 50 reported cases were decided against religious groups and individuals. As a result a Broad coalition of groups from across the political and religious spectrum worked to pass the religious Freedom restoration act Fra signed into Law by president Bill Clinton in 1993. The intent was to restore pre Smith Protection for religious Freedom by requiring the government to demonstrate a compelling state interest for denying a religious accommodation or exemption. Then in 1997, the supreme court struck Down Fra As applied to the states although As we saw in the Hobby lobby decision last year it still applies to the Federal government. Since that time 19 states now 20 with the addition of Indiana have passed state Fras. Courts in at least 10 other states have provided the same level of Protection through religious Freedom provisions of state constitutions. India nays Fra appears to go beyond similar Laws in other states by for example explicitly extending Protection to corporations and not just closely held corporations As in the Hobby lobby Case. But Many Legal scholars agree that business owners cannot use Fra in Indiana or anywhere else to discriminate against lbt people. As Indiana University Law professor Daniel Conkle a supporter of lbt rights who testified in favor of the Indiana Fra has pointed out there Are no Fra cases where the court has upheld a religious claim in a discrimination Case. The License to discriminate argument that seems to have this relentless repetition Conkle told the associated press is just legally wrong. Properly understood and applied Fras Are an important Protection for free exercise of religion especially for members of minority religious groups who often need exemptions from government actions that Burden the practice of their Faith. Enacting Fras to fight the effects of same sex marriage not Only gives Fra a bad name it poisons the Well for religious Freedom. Instead of using Fra As a weapon in the culture wars religious people seeking religious exemptions or accommodations need to sit Down with the other Side and seek common ground on How to both uphold lbt civil rights and protect religious Freedom. If Utah can do it so can Indiana. I predict the Quick fix to Fra proposed by gov. Pence will not be sufficient to undo the damage caused by this controversy. To Send a Clear unmistakable message that Indiana does not discriminate Indiana lawmakers must pass and the governor must sign a statewide Law protecting lbt people from discrimination. Once discrimination is off the table Fra opponents Many of whom were Fra proponents 20 years ago might once again see the Merit in legislation that guards the free exercise of religion. If lawmakers dont act quickly to undo the damage the real fallout from the Indiana debate will be religious Freedom = bigotry. And that would be a disaster for the future of religious Freedom in America. Charles c. Haynes is director of the religious Freedom Center of the Newsum Institute 555 Pennsylvania ave., n. W., Washington do 20001 on the web at wow. . Org by email at Haynes Newsum. Org. Ind. Fallout poisons Well for religious Freedom i n s i d e t h e f i r s t a m e n d m e n t c h a r l e s h a y n e s syndicated columnist gov. Rick Snyder p. O. Box 30013 Lansing i 48909 517 373 3400 constituent services 517 335 7858 fax 517 335 6863 email Rick. Snyder Michigan. Gov in Lansing o u r v i e w

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