(CNSNews.com) – NASCAR is coming out against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In a statement issued Tuesday on its website, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes said, “NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana.
“NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.” — NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes
RFRA was modeled after the federal law that President Bill Clinton signed more than 20 years ago, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence saidSunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” and is intended to empower individuals, churches and businesses who believe the government is infringing on their religious freedom by requiring them to do things they oppose on religious grounds.
Opponents of the law believe it will be used to discriminate against the gay community. However, Pence said that’s not the case. He even plans to add language to the law to clarify that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.
“I don’t believe for a minute that it was the intention of the General Assembly to create a license to discriminate or to deny services to gays, lesbians or anyone else in this state, and it certainly wasn’t my intention. But I can appreciate that that’s become the perception, not just here in Indiana but all across this country. And we need to confront that, and confront it boldly in a way that respects the interests of all involved,” Pence said in a press conference Tuesday. Keep Reading