Call It What It Is

As the Friday deadline creeps up on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer regarding a potential veto of SB 1062 in her state, I think it might be time to call the bill what it is.  If you are not familiar with the bill, it was passed under the guise of “religious freedom,” along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor, and Democrats voting against passage.

The bill would make it legal in Arizona for businesses to discriminate against a patron based on their sexual orientation.  Unreal.

So, let’s call that bill exactly what it is…it is hate.  It is hate mixed with fear, and it is being passed off as religious freedom.

Supporters of the bill claim that doing business with gay people somehow violates their right to practice their chosen religion.  I don’t stoop this low often, but I think an exception is necessary.  That is a stupid argument made by small-minded and simple people.

Can someone please tell me how someone’s sexual orientation infringes on another person’s right to practice their religion?  The simple answer is that it does not.  Which brings us to the essence of this bill in Arizona.

It is hate, pure and simple.  Now, I know that not all conservatives or Republicans hate homosexuals, but the voices in that camp sure are louder than the voices of reason.  John McCain’s opposition is being drowned out by the hate-filled ramblings of Rush Limbaugh, and sadly, more people look to Rush to give them their opinions than listen to voices of reason like John McCain (at least on this issue he is being a voice of reason).

I am sick and tired of people hiding behind the Bible and religion to spread their hate.  I thought the Bible was all about love and forgiveness and atonement for sins, but too many people use it as their handbook for hate.

Supporters of this bill that legalizes hate will scream loud and proud (although why would they be proud of being hate-filled people?) that their right to practice their religion is being trampled on by serving gays.  Wrong.  Plain and simple.  Serving homosexuals does not infringe on anybody’s right to practice their religion.  If you think otherwise, you need to think again.

Let me put it another way.  What if Governor Brewer does not veto and allows this type of discrimination to take place?  What would the outrage be if this were law and a Muslim business owner or Jewish business owner refused to serve someone who is a Christian?  I bet Arizona Republicans would be beside themselves if that were to take place.  That, my friends, is hypocrisy in the truest form.

This Has To Be A Joke

From the state (Arizona) that brought us a prolonged and ridiculous battle over President Obama’s birth certificate and that allows police to profile drivers to determine their citizenship status (“papers, please”), there is now a representative who is introducing a bill that would basically require people in Arizona to carry their birth certificates with them at all times, just in case they are out and need to use a public restroom.

A PERSON COMMITS DISORDERLY CONDUCT IF THE PERSON INTENTIONALLY ENTERS A PUBLIC RESTROOM, BATHROOM, SHOWER, BATH, DRESSING ROOM OR LOCKER ROOM AND A SIGN INDICATES THAT THE ROOM IS FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF PERSONS OF ONE SEX AND THE PERSON IS NOT LEGALLY CLASSIFIED ON THE PERSON’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS A MEMBER OF THAT SEX.

I’ll give you one guess as to the party membership of Representative John Kavanaugh.  Hint: it is the party of “smaller government” that wants to tell people what they can do in their bedrooms or with their bodies, among other things.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, if Republican John Kavanaugh gets his “Bathroom Bill” passed and signed into law in Arizona, you can be charged with a misdemeanor if you dare to enter a public restroom without your birth certificate.  You have got to be kidding me.

To be honest, the law is aimed at one particular group of people: transgender people.  I really do not know why so many Republicans fear transgender or homosexual individuals.  Neither is contagious, so really the only reason to constantly be drafting legislation aimed at impairing their rights would be the individual insecurities of those who have written the bills.  Basically, could there be some projection of their own closet homosexual or transgender tendencies in said legislation; you know, yell loud enough against something in order to try to convince others you are opposed in order to try to suppress their own desires?  It’s a theory that has not been proven, but still may be valid.

Take, for example, Pastor Ted Haggard.  He was the pastor of New Life Church, and he spoke out loudly against homosexuals and the lifestyle they lead, yet he was busted with a male prostitute.  He also admitted to having an “inappropriate” relationship with a 20 year-old volunteer at his church. (source)  To recap, Ted Haggard was a pastor who screamed loudly at anybody who would listen about how terrible homosexuality is (his view, not mine), yet he repeatedly engaged in the exact same behavior he was so forceful in hating on.

And who can forget former Congressman Mark Foley of Florida?  The same person who chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children and who wrote the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (2006) resigned from Congress after basically engaging in predator-type activities.  Foley, if you don’t recall, sent sexually explicit messages to a former Congressional Page (Pages are teenagers who live in a Capitol Hill dorm while serving in the House and Senate, and attend a special school while serving). (source)

But, let’s circle back to the Arizona law.  If passed, make sure you have your birth certificate on you at all times if you happen to be in Arizona.  It would really be crappy if you didn’t and ended up being charged with a misdemeanor for not having it with you when you used a public restroom.