Former Californian Governor and stringent Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger has come out against Indiana’s new ‘religious freedom’ law.
The action hero of your childhood Arnold Schwarzenegger has written an open letter in the Washington Post, writing about his experiences as a Republican and how certain members of the party must become more inclusive; “distracting, divisive laws like the one Indiana initially passed aren’t just bad for the country, they’re also bad for our party.”
“As a Republican, I’m furious.”
He suggests that there are bigger problems in the world, in the US, than discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ laws; such as education, traffic, pollution.
He believes that divisive laws split the Republican party and exclude many young people and minorities.
“In 2007, Republicans made up nearly 35 percent of our registered voters. By 2009, our share dropped to 31 percent, and today, it is a measly 28 percent. That sharp drop started just after the divisive battle over Proposition 8. […] Polls show that laws like this [Indiana’s law] are not supported by independents, women, minorities or Americans between 18 and 29.”
Schwarzenegger wants to make sure that Republicans do not try to push similar religious laws.
“I want to be absolutely certain that all of my fellow Republicans everywhere got the message. What happened in Indiana should be a teachable moment for us.”
Speaking of his own views of the Republican Party, he says, “We must be the party of limited government, not the party that legislates love. We must be the party that stands for equality and against discrimination in any form.”
Schwarzenegger also lauds Apple CEO Tim Cook for his own open letter in the Washington Post.
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