Earlier Tuesday, Jewish and Baptist faith leaders from Metro Atlanta urged lawmakers to defeat SB 129.
“This bill could actually be used as a sword rather than a shield,” Mark Moskowitz, southeastern regional director of the ADL, said.
Rabbi Michael Bernstein of Congregation Gesher L’Torah, Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus of The Temple in Atlanta and the Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell of First Baptist Church of Decatur all warned of dire consequences should the bill become law.
Supporters of the bill, Bernstein said, “maintain sincerely they do not intend to discriminate” should the bill pass. But, “others say promoting discrimination is precisely the purpose.”
It was the latest foray into the debate by religious leaders. Dozens of other mainline Christian pastors have also rallied to support the bill.
McKoon says the bill is needed to protect people of faith from unwanted government intrusion. He said opponents have lied and exaggerated the bill’s impacts. But others have said the bill is needed to allow Christian business owners to be able to refuse service to LGBT customers.