Daily Archives: March 28, 2015
Oh, those religious freedom bills! They’re just there to affirm that the First Amendment protects their religious beliefs, right?
Well, wonder no more what they are there for. Some shit-eating hick has fired the first shot in the Gay Wars:
An Indiana business owner went on a local radio station and said that he had discriminated against gay or lesbian couples even before Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law on Thursday protecting business owners who decide to discriminate for “religious liberty” reasons. He then defended the practice and suggested he would do it again.
“Well, I feel okay with it because it’s my place of business, I pay the rent, I’ve built it with all my money and my doing. It’s my place; I can do whatever I want with it, “he said. “They can have their lifestyle and do their own thing in their own place or with people that want to be with them.”
Another sovereign citizen…turns out, friendo, that if you try to pull that shit against, say, a racial minority, you’ll be hauled into court. It doesn’t matter if it’s your stupid little place and no, you can’t do whatever you want with it. There are laws you must abide by in civilized society, of which if there were none you wouldn’t have a place to begin with.
Actually, I want to thank this clown. It only brings us closer to outlawing all forms of discrimination. These laws will not survive a constitutional challenge. Bring it, bigots.
Your garden variety conservative is not terribly so when it comes to civil liberties. They like to get into your bedroom, your womb, and your body in general. But sometimes a rebel comes along and actually wants to do right for his constituents. As you may know, “religious freedom” bills are passing across the country in GOP-controlled legislatures. Indiana’s Mike Pence just signed one. These laws function like a sort of “gay code” wherein it is OK as a business owner to refuse services to people(the dreaded homosexual) based on religious convictions.
My home state just snuffed one of these bills. And a Republican did it:
…proponents of Georgia’s bill have tried to argue that it has nothing to do with discrimination. Rep. Mike Jacobs, an LGBT-friendly Republican, decided to test this theory by introducing an amendment that would not allow claims of religious liberty to be used to circumvent state and local nondiscrimination protections. Supporters of the bill, like Rep. Barry Fleming (R), countered that the amendment “will gut the bill.” Nevertheless, the House Judiciary Committee approved the amendment with a 9-8 vote, three Republicans joining the Democrats in supporting it. Fleming moved to table the amended bill, a motion that passed with 16 votes, making it unlikely the bill will proceed before the legislative session ends. With an exception for nondiscrimination protections, the “religious liberty” bill is dead. Before the vote, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R), joined the hearing to similarly argue against making an exception for nondiscrimination protections. He claimed that the bill’s religious liberty protections would no longer be “uniform” across the state, adding, “That amendment would completely undercut the purpose of the bill.” Rep. Roger Bruce (D) pressed McKoon: “That tells me that the purpose of the bill is to discriminate.”
That’s how you represent the people. That’s what “conservative” should mean.