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Born into a progressive Indian family, I was encouraged to have a career and be independent. I grew up with great opportunities to learn about myself, travel and have a wholesome childhood and now adulthood. Millions of Indian girls do not have this opportunity and there is discrimination at multiple stages.
If a religion preaches discrimination against another? Would not supporting freedom of religion, in this case, be then a force for discrimination? While many people may not recognize this -- or wish to recognize this -- this was also a real concern when the concept of freedom of religion first arose in force. Is a religious practice inherently discriminatory or is this possible discrimination simply a side-result of the action, essentially undertaken for other reasons? The fact is that rights of individuals often invariably collide.
The same people who protested The Dixie Chicks are some of the same people moaning about the unfairness heaped upon this little pizzeria in Indiana. People get the "Free Speech" argument wrong all the time. It is not, nor has it ever been, a license to say whatever you want, free of consequence. It doesn't remotely mean that everyone has to shrug and simply ignore or accept what you say. And it doesn't mean you're free from financial ruin if you say something that incites public backlash.