5. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, because his 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' has opened the door for the First Church of Cannabis.
#RFRA spawns new First Church of Cannabis. Itching to see the lawsuits against the government. pic.twitter.com/bM5rEgF1XF
— W. Andrew Markle (@AndyMarkle) March 27, 2015
Last Thursday, Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. Although 19 other states and the federal government have enacted similarly worded laws with the same name, Indiana's is different because of a few subtle changes. Many legal scholars have interpreted these changes to amount to this: any business in Indiana is free to refuse services or employment to LGBT people if the proprietor doesn't approve of them for religious reasons. The law has created an outcry, and led to a boycott of the state by many businesses and individuals, but Pence says he won't back down.
However, there are consequences that Governor Pence and his GOP allies hadn't foreseen: the wording of the new RFRA doesn't just apply to discrimination by sexuality. It essentially amounts to a carte blanche for any religious organization, or religiously affiliated company, to conduct itself however it wants on the grounds of freedom of expression. Noticing that, Indiana marketing consultant and Grand Poobah Bill Levin has filed the paperwork to establish the state's newest religion: The First Church of Cannabis.