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One victory over unholy tyranny

Mar 1, 2014

Arizona Republic

Posted on February 25, 2014 9:29 am by Linda Valdez

One victory over unholy tyranny

The Center for Arizona Policy is effective at the Arizona Legislature with an agenda that is all about limiting options for other people. [Yea, Cathi Herrod and her minions are doing her best to turn Arizona into a Christian theocracy, which will force the rest of us to obey here fundamental brand of Christianity]

The group, which has a disproportionate power over Arizona’s GOP lawmakers, pushed the right to refuse service bill, SB 1062, which elevates some peoples’ religious views over other peoples’ civil rights. [Sadly that's what government is all about power and money. And in this case the power to force your religious views on other people using the force of government.]

That’s a perversion of the First Amendment, which is designed to protect religious expression from government intrusion – not to affirmatively promote or support certain religious views. [And the Arizona Constitution which is much stricter then the 1st Amendment]

With any luck, Brewer will veto this latest travesty from the center. [Don't count on it. Jan Brewer is a religious nut jobs in addition to being a government tyrant]

If not, SB 1062 will likely wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court, where one of the center’s other pet projects just met a well deserved dead end.

In 2012, Arizona’s GOP-controlled Legislature passed a center-backed ban that disqualified any entity that provides abortions from receiving public funding for other services. The unnamed target was Planned Parenthood, which has provided a wide range of other services to Medicaid patients.

Lower courts said the law violated federal requirements that Medicaid patients be able to freely choose a qualified provider. Arizona’s Republican Attorney General Tom Horne took time out from defending himself from allegations of campaign funding shenanigans to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

Just in case there was any doubt that is was about religion — not health care — the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom joined in defense of the law that limits the options of all women – not just those who might share the group’s religious beliefs.

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Horne’s request to hear an appeal of the lower court decisions.

Religion can be a fine and important part of people’s lives. But these zealots are giving it a bad name. [Sorry superstition gives it's self a bad name even with out the nut jobs in the Arizona legislator]

What’s more, like health care, people should be able to choose their own religious beliefs. [Not if Cathi Harrod and her Center for Arizona Policy have their way]

The kind of legislation pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy and passed by Arizona’s compliant GOP majority in the Legislature does not reflect the diversity of religious beliefs or the right of people to make choices free of restraints imposed by other people’s religious beliefs.