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I'm Mad As Hell

I had been following the hoopla in Kansas over their discriminate against teh gay "religious freedom" bill, and totally missed the Arizona legislature PASSING the same damned bill. Now it's on the way to our uptight red state governor, who will likely sign it, and I AM FURIOUS. I actually sat down and wrote a PAPER letter to the gov, because I know paper letters might make a bigger impression than all the emails and online petitions there are.

I kept it to one page, and wrote:

House Bill 2153 (SB 1062) states on its surface that it wishes to “protect the First Amendment”; however, I believe this is a gloss to cover something horrible and truly evil, something which could weaken not only the First Amendment, but the entire American Constitution. People who hate so deeply, so strongly, that they are willing to legislate that hate into our laws are frightening. And they cannot, will not stop with only those whose sexual preference is different from their own.

What if I were a “deeply religious” business owner who did not wish to serve Muslims? Or Jews? Or those whose skin was a different color from my own? Would this be permitted? If this horrible legislation is passed, there is no reason why it would not be perfectly legal, no matter how they’re window dressing it. A business owner is already permitted to refuse service to anyone for whatever reason they feel is legitimate—but they must be prepared to take the consequences if the person they’re refusing feels discriminated against.

The bottom line is this is making discrimination against a minority legal. Hanging lovely pictures of the First Amendment and “religious freedom” all over it does not hide that fact.

I have thought of numerous other things I'd love to say -- but I kept it as short and to-the-point as I could.

But don't all business owners have the "right" to refuse service to anyone for any reason already? And then don't the people turned away have a right to in turn sue the pants off them for that discrimination???



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Feb. 22nd, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard of this 'til this morning, when the NYT tweeted it. I tweeted it with the question I still think/hope will stop it, because I can't imagine the courts will allow it to stand for exactly the reasons you've pointed out. But the very fact that there are people who think it's right and are willing to pass it makes me sick to my stomach.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
The only thing that can stop it here in Arizona is if Jan Brewer vetoes it, and... well, she's this side of Satan, so I don't know if she will (although with the sheer capitalistic thought that Arizona is hosting the freaking SUPER BOWL next year, it might make SOME impact). The courts certainly couldn't allow this to stand, but this is Arizona. Who knows?

My brain hurts.

(Or maybe it's the wine.)
Feb. 22nd, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
As I said in my post, I have no idea how you all are feeling. I'm ill equipped to handle this much hate.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I've been furious about legislation before, but this has made me... quite insane with rage.

I want everyone to come to Phoenix to patronize all the great places that supported us when we got married.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
I don't blame you.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
This is horrible news about Arizona. :(

At least in Kansas, citizens (including some of my favorite relatives) started making rage-noises and kept the bill from passing the Kansas Senate. But still. Apparently it came from a Christianist version of ALEC.... :(

Edited at 2014-02-22 11:37 am (UTC)
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