USM students respond to religious freedom legislation

Students at University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus are firing off about new Mississippi legislation that says it protects the religious freedoms of residents.

USM nursing student, Ashley Costello, says as a Christian, she is against the measure. “The first thing I thought when I saw it was that would never happen where I’m from because we accept people for who they are.”

And like many issues, this one has two schools of thought. Opponents of the law say it allows government-sanctioned discrimination that could lead to people being turned away from homeless shelters and denied medical care. And those on the other side are pretty set in their beliefs that a business for choosing not to provide a service for something they don’t agree with.”

Timothy Bailey, a biology student at USM, says he sees the other side of the issue. “Sounds wrong but that’s their belief and as long as it’s based on a belief, you can’t force them to think otherwise. They have the freedom of religion.”

Other students say it’s a matter of speaking up for the rights of others.

” I can already feel the defriending on Facebook and all the unfollowing on Twitter,” says marketing student, Brent Finch, “but you know there comes a point in time when you have to stand up for righteousness and holiness.”

The law goes into effect July 1st.

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