Indiana’s recently enacted law regarding “religious freedom restoration” attracted immediate opposition from a wide spectrum of individuals and businesses, including one CEO based at 90 Nassau Street in Princeton.
Robert O. Carr is chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payment processors and a large employer in southern Indiana. Carr, whose biography, “Through the Fires,” was excerpted in the December 31 issue of U.S. 1, issued the following statement opposing the law as it was originally enacted:
“As a major employer in Indiana, and elsewhere throughout the country, I respectfully call on the Indiana governor and state assembly to further fix or nullify this harmful law. It is deeply troubling that the state of Indiana has passed a bill that runs counter to the tenets of fairness, respect, and equal opportunity.
“This is not a matter of politics or religion, but rather a test of our character to treat others as we wish to be treated. While this law is certainly bad for the business reputation of Indiana, its harm runs deeper than the bottom line. It is an affront to neighbors, friends, family members, fellow workers and customers. The people of Indiana — all of its people — deserve better.”