Posted on February 21, 2014 4:39 pm by Laurie Roberts
Gov. Brewer: Save AZ from crazy
This just in: Crazed gangs of same-sex couples are storming the streets of Arizona and terrorizing bakers, florists and photographers.
Insisting that said businesses accept their American Express Gold cards. Demanding that they get to baking, to flower arranging, to photographing.
Do it, they demand …. or elllllsse.
In response to this grave threat, the Arizona Legislature has boldly stepped up to protect us all. Heretofore, our leaders announced this week, the state of Arizona is employing its favorite 19th Century strategy: nullification.
Specifically, Republican leaders want to nullify a portion of the Great Commandments upon which “hang all the law and the prophets.” Or so a guy named Matthew once said.
That thing about loving thy neighbor as thyself? It’s out – or it will be if Gov. Jan Brewer signs the latest bill, giving Arizonans the freedom to look like total boobs.
It is, apparently, the Christian thing to do.
Aaaaand we’re off.
Again, that is.
After listening to Republican legislators rail this week about dire threats to our religious freedom, one might think that we’ve had a massive outbreak of brutish gay people storming the courts to sue every baker, every photographer, every florist, caterer and innkeeper in the state.
This, because they’re turning away gay customers.
Thus comes Senate Bill 1062, giving individuals and businesses the right to discriminate in the name of the Lord. Or Allah. Or Budha or Ba’al or whatever supreme being they may worship.
So that Muslim taxi driver can leave a lone woman standing on the curb.
So that dentist can refuse to ease the toothache of a woman in the midst of her menstrual cycle. (We’ll, of course, need a new law that allows for inspection to ensure that “unclean women” aren’t trying to make a mockery of his sincerely held religious beliefs.)
So that a business owner or employee can refuse service to anyone who lies (Exodus) or gossips (Leviticus) or employs every teen-age girl’s go-to phrase, ‘Oh my God!” (Exodus, again).
Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, explains that it’s all about protecting religious people from discrimination. This, by making sure that they have a legal right to discriminate.
“We’re strengthening the rights of citizens to believe as they see fit,” he said.
Rep. John Kavanagh – the Fountain Hills Republican who brought us last year’s famed bathroom bill — proclaims that it’s about protecting people from religious persecution. This, by making sure that they have the legal right to systematically mistreat other groups of people.
“The descendants of the people who fled religious persecution are now being criminally prosecuted by politically correct governments,”Kavanagh said.
Goodness, did I miss all those indictments wherein caterers and cake decorators were criminally charged? For what, failure to bake? Refusal to produce puff pastry?
Aggravated insult because the wedding planner won’t book a commitment ceremony?
Forget the fact that there really is no problem here, no need for this bill because contrary to the hysterics currently underway at the Capitol, florists aren’t being forced, upon pain of a lawsuit, to provide peonies for the table centerpieces.
Forget the fact that it’s an election year and choice bills like SB 1062 play oh so beautifully to the base.
It’s just wrong, in the name of God, to discriminate against people because you don’t like their choice of a mate. Or because of their refusal to wear burkas. Or, for that matter, because they believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
If I could ask the Gowans and Kavanaghs of the world a question, it would be this: What would Jesus do?
Would he refuse to build a house for a gay couple? Would he refuse to feed them or clothe them?
Would he tell them that yes there actually is room in the inn, just not for them because he doesn’t like the company they keep?
The Jesus I know would treat those his father created with kindness and respect. He’d treat them with love.
The Jesus I know would tell our leaders to leave matters of judgment and etnernal damnation to the man upstairs and to get back to solving problems we actually have here in Arizona.
Like protecting the vulnerable and boosting public education. Like figuring out a way to bring good jobs to Arizona. (Here’s a hint: SB 1062 won’t help.)
Gov. Brewer, you have the chance to do the right thing for Arizona, to calm the hysteria and save us from another round of crazy.
Veto this vile bill.