If one relied solely on the mainstream media one would think Religious Freedom laws like Indiana’s and Arkansas’ are aimed only at discriminating against gay people. But theses laws have been used in a number of recent cases to slap back an over-reaching government when it infringes on an individuals’ right to practice his or hers religion.
From Indian tribe members wanting eagle feathers, Sikhs with ceremonial knives to Santeria Priest wanting to sacrifice a goat, Religious Freedom allows observant individuals to at least have a day in court to challenge an often arbitrary government.
Given the 1st Amendment, we shouldn’t even need these laws on the books. But there is always someone in government thinking they know better, disregarding the beliefs of others.