House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D-Phoenix)
Argues that House Bill 2153 Would Discriminate
Updated (here today): I love this story. Kudos to Rocco's Little
Pizzeria. This is a great idea on their part. Let’s hope it catches on. The
message is clear: discrimination of any kind and especially this one sanctioned
by the Arizona legislative body
Original post starts here: Astonishing legislative action in
My editing of the article to fit the flavor of the topic follows:
This subject is one of many we see the GOP grasping for while trying to milk it for political gain, votes, and thus more power in the states and DC in 2014 and beyond. This latest movement could well be labeled: “We have the right to legally discriminate as long as we cite our religious belief as the reason to discriminate.” (Or something like that).
Background from the Story: The
legislature passed a bill and sent
it to Gov. Jan Brewer for her approval and signature. It would “...allow any
business owner to turn away gay and lesbian customers; employers to deny equal
pay to women; or for individuals to renege on contract obligations, all as long
as they claim to be doing so in the name of religious freedom.”
Many Americans, whether in
or not, will be in a “separate and
unequal class” under this law. It could also open the long closed door to blatant and open discrimination based on race, familial status, religion, sex, national
origin, age, or disability, which is illegal in the U.S.
Individuals might legally discriminate or hate another person for any reason and that is legal as long as they do not harm or injure that person in that name of religion, but that is not the point here.
For government at any level to pass a law that sanctions and allows “legal discrimination in the name of religious freedom” seems to me to be both hypocritical and ironic since we protect religious freedom and now allow it on the other hand like this in
Arizona. That seems hardly freedom of religion and it certainly turns
the concept of “Love thy neighbor” upside down.
Religious Discrimination in the
is Illegal: Religious discrimination involves treating a person
(an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs.
The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized
religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but
also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs. Religious
discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that
person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular
religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or
Religious Discrimination & Work or Employment Situations: The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
I strongly support the Constitution and especially the first amendment, but I cannot in good faith support this utter nonsense and madness this story illustrates from Arizona. What are the people in Arizona drinking or smoking anyway?
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