Well, here we go again….the Republican dominated Arizona legislature is flirting with yet another unconstitutional law. The Senate passed along party lines a law that would permit private businesses the right to refuse services based on their religious beliefs (of hate and intolerance) about LGBT people.
Why is it that many conservatives simply do not understand the nature of Religious Freedom in this country? You have the right to believe whatever you want, to talk about those beliefs and to practice your religion without interference by the government. Notice I said “government”, not everyone else, just the government. Private individuals violating others rights is a mixed bag and one would have to look at the 200+ years of legal jurisprudence to tell what has been considered acceptable and what has not.
The argument being made in support of this bill is the same as the argument made in favor of discriminating against African Americans. Here’s what they used to say.
Black people cannot eat in my restaurant because the Bible says so.
Now they’re saying…
LGBT people cannot eat in my restaurant because the Bible says so.
What if my religion said that men are stupid, lowly and sinful creatures who deserve death as punishment for their wickedness. Do I get to refuse to worship with them? Yes. Can the government force me to worship with them? No. Can I say and write all kinds of horrible things about them? Yes. Do I get to refuse to serve them at my restaurant? No. Do I get to refuse to rent a place to live to them? No. Do I get to charge them more than other customers? No. Do I get to give them worse service or less value for their money? No. Legal precedence and this country’s values say that this is simply not acceptable.
It was an ugly sentiment back then and it’s just as ugly now. We don’t get to discriminate against people just because our religion tells us to. So if this bill passes the Arizona House, then the ACLU or NAACP or someone will file a lawsuit (and rightfully so) and our hard earned taxpayer money will be poured down the drain, once again, in defense of another patently stupid and unconstitutional law.
Why can’t our legislature focus on governing instead of making hateful laws? Although we have plenty of problems that need to be tackled they’d rather pander to their foaming at the mouth base and waste what little financial resources we have. Congratulations Arizona! You voted them in and they’re screwing you over again.
PS: This pic is of three buzzards that I discovered sitting on a light post outside of my office the other day. An animal had probably died or was in the process of dying in the empty field across the street and they were biding their time. I’ve seen buzzards in AZ before but usually circling high up in the sky in rural areas. This is the first time I’ve seen them hanging out in a relatively urban area.