Yes, I’m talking about the Arizona State Bill #1062 that Media is misrepresenting as an “Anti-Gay” bill even though it’s called a “Freedom of Religion” bill.
But why am I saying it’s being misrepresented? Because, as pointed about by the folks at Arizona Central (azcentral.com), the law states:
“It broadens the definition of the person who can invoke a shield against being sued for denying service or any other action if that denial is based on religious beliefs.”
Which means a person or business can deny service for any reason to anyone upon ones religious belief. So if someone is LGBT or Muslim or Atheist, yes Bob’s Bistro can tell you to get lost without legal recourse.
So imagine walking into fictional Bob’s Bistro waiting area, to have this happen:
Waitress: Welcome to Bob’s Bistro, how many will be in your party
Waitress: Booth or Table?
Waitress: Jesus or Allah?
Waitress: Sir please read the placard; we have the religious belief backed by current law to deny service to anyone that does not worship Jesus Christ.
Sounds harsh and it could happen but then again, how does a business know unless they ask?
At worst, this law could hurt different types of Arizona business and it’s already begun before the law has been signed by Gov Jan Brewer
From Apple to the NFL, many companies are informing Gov Brewer that by signing the law may hurt future business within the State.
Sure, Rush Limbaugh has stated Gov Brewer is being bullied by LGBT groups, but that’s half truth as even those that passed the law, even Sen. Bob Worsely (R-Mesa) one of the co-authors of the law, are now pleading for her to veto it.
Talk about a John Kerry Syndrome moment during an election year!
Coincidentally there are other States joining the charge, or shall I say the coincidence being Republican led States joining.
For example, Georgia has open legislation that would allow the “right to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious tenet or belief whether or not the exercise is compulsory or a central part or requirement of the person’s religious tenets or beliefs.”
I must've missed the sale of Gaydar detection equipment on QVC, because there sure does seem to be a lot of cause to find these people and ostracize them from society.
Society has the issue and that issue stumbles into business ignorance.
For instance take lawsuit in New Mexico against Elaine Huguenin, a New Mexican photographer that refused to photo the ceremony of a gay wedding in 2006 due to “religious belief.”
The couple sued over discrimination as it is illegal in New Mexico to refuse services as state law entitled New Mexico Human Rights Act states “it is illegal for a business to refuse its services to an individual because of that person’s sexual orientation. The same law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry and gender.”
From being denied service to being denied employment in the NFL, the ostracism of LGBT is blanketing our society better then the Polar Vortex.
So Washington lobbyist, Jack Burkman states he is pushing Congress to pass a law that would ban any gay athlete from playing in the NFL and he states he has some legislators backing his notion, even though he won’t mention names.
Yes, the very same lobbyists that help right the majority of legislation and knock on congressional doors with cash & prize in hand. It’s no wonder why Washington is the dumbest place to work with lobbyist like this pushing goodies.
“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman said.
What?! Wait, many complain about government intrusion into private business, yet there are people wanting government intrusion for this?
Per Burkman, "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to? We are losing our decency as a nation.”
Hey Burkman, imagine a priest groping your son in the backroom of the rectory. Where’s your morality law on that?
Ok so say the law passes and players stay quiet their entire career and upon retirement comes out and says “I’m gay.” Can other players sue the gay player? Can the NFL deny them their pension?
Seriously the questions can be endless.
By the way this law has no chance; I mean what’s congress going to do threaten the NFL tax exempt status?
As we spin society backwards with modern ignorance we might as well demand GM re-produce the Chevy Corsair and Ford the Pinto so we can spin out of control and explode in a fireball of brilliance