...of the usual subject matter of this blog. The front page story on this morning’s paper informed us that the city just had a record year for "Indy tourism," with a claimed economic impact of $4.5 billion. Good news indeed.
But surprising in light of the fact that just days ago we had been told that tourism was becoming a dead issue for the city because of the national (international?) rejection of the city and state as a hotbed of bigotry and discrimination.
At about the same time we read of a "study" indicating that the city was among the national leaders in derogatory news coverage, based on a controversial piece of legislation known as RFRA.
The same paper has given us an almost daily dose of the same kind of coverage, while bemoaning the terrible effect of such massive reporting. We had to wonder how many of the local stories were counted in that national study.
Today’s article continued the same approach. While giving us the good news in a reasonably short presentation, RFRA and directly related subjects were mentioned about ten times. Including in the caption of the heading art work.
Isn’t it time to drop the public self-flagellation and try to recognize and to deal honestly with differences of opinion, principle and life style?
And while we’re on (or off?) the subject, may we offer one further observation? We see that a "hate crime" bill is in the works at the legislature. We have not read it, but we urge the members of the General Assembly to be very, very, very careful about the wording of such an act.
In the current situation in which we find ourselves, it has become axiomatic that, for instance, in any difference of opinion between a white man and a black man, one or both are immediately labeled vicious bigots. Even though their discussion may have been whether the play was a fumble or an incomplete pass!
Do we want to edge into the area of criminalizing differences in opinion, beliefs, principles, thoughts? Really??