Arizona, after being in the national spotlight for over a week, saw its governor, Jan Brewer, veto SB 1062 which would have allowed for the wholesale discrimination against gays by business owners whose delicate religious sensibilities were offended.
"Ahhhhh, a gay person! Catch me, Rhett, I have the vapuhs..."
Sadly, Brewer, a fairly predictable Republican, planted her veto stamp not because of the moral implications and the fact that the bill is unconstitutional, but because the business interests of her state were threatened.
And as I pointed out a couple days ago, when it comes to business, the main religion is profit, not prophet.
After receiving thinly veiled promises of con$equence$ from companies like Apple (set to open a factory in AZ), Marriott (one of the world's largest hotel chains), American Airlines, and the Super Bowl Host Committee (the next SB is to be held in AZ - and it has been pulled from Arizona in the past for its blatantly bigoted behavior - they were the last state to observe Martin Luther King Day), Brewer saw the economic light.
Forget that these bullshit bills being introduced in one state after another simply fly in the face of even the loosest interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, they are based on religion, and religion has no business oozing from the alters of its churches into the halls of our nation's governance.
I find it almost laughable that so many conservative Christians are crying about being persecuted, that it is they, not the LGBT community who are being discriminated against. Catholic League President BIll Donohue wailed on CNN that "we're being beseiged."
Really, Bill? Victim much? This from a spokeperson for the largest collection of protected pedophiles in existence? Get a grip. Your church has much bigger problems than people wanting to be treated like PEOPLE.
Pay some taxes, and then you can cry me a river.
Christians are completely free to continue to worship - there have been no gestapo tactics unleashed upon them; their church doors have not been chained shut; their leaders not rounded up and locked away. No, the persecution exists only in their minds where they constantly conflate not getting their way with the strictures of the founding documents of this country denying them the ability to persecute others.
Here's an idea for the business owners of Arizona who were so hot for this bill to be made into law. Bravely (yes, I realize that will be difficult for you lifelong cowards) have signs printed up declaring your religious beliefs regarding homosexuals and plant them firmly in the front windows and doors of your establishments. Nothing that denies a LGBT person service, but just a clear and concise statement of your "deeply held religious beliefs."
Then sit back and see what happens.
Your business will suffer. And I'll tell you why. While you may experience a brief surge a la Chik-fil-A during their gay hating heyday, that Christian surge will slow down and you will begin to realize what polls, data, FACTS cannot seem to get through the wall of your hatred: YOU. ARE. OUTNUMBERED.
That's right, OUTNUMBERED. And not by LGBTs, mind you. But by open minded, open hearted heterosexuals who understand that "all men created equal" means ALL, not some, or just who you think should be equal.
Hatred is not going to win this fight.
Religion will be crammed back into the churches where it belongs.
Bigotry is going to continue to be beat down.
Discrimination is not the flavor of the next generation. Young people today grow up with openly out friends and realize that they don't have cooties, that they breathe the same way everyone else does, and that they are JUST PEOPLE. Not monsters, not out to fuck them the second they bend over or go to the bathroom. Just people.
The hatred on display in Arizona is the same that is on display in every other state desperately trying to pass bills based on religious dogma, on the notion that it is perfectly fine to legalize hate as long as your sky fairy has your back.
At no point is there ever a thought given to how loud they would yell, and how much shit they would deposit in their pants if Muslims managed to get together and put forward a bill legalizing discrimnation against Christians. Somehow they cannot see that that would be THE EXACT SAME THING.
But hate is funny that way. It makes it perfectly easy to justify your position because your hate is just, right, sanctioned by the divine. (Example? Look at your typical Aryan Nation spokesperson. White trash of the trashiest. Stupider than the dirt they are standing on. Yet they believe themselves to be superior.)
One by one, these ridiculous wastes of time and taxpayer money will be shot down. Even if one manages to pass a governor's desk, it will immediately be shunted to a courtroom where it receive an Octogon level beat down by the document they all swear they love, but clearly do not understand: the constitution.
Hate if you want to. It's your right. But that's as far as that right goes.