Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Quickie: Jan Brewer

While I was pleased that Arizona's idiot governor vetoed the Don't Serve The Gays Bill, I am still somewhat peeved--a word my mother used because she would never have said 'pissed'--that she had to 'think' about it.

How is it possible that one should have to think about a bill that would allow discrimination?

Would she have thought about it if the bill was one that allowed atheist or agnostic business owners the right to deny services to religious folks?

I don't think so.

So, while she gets a Thumbs Up for the veto, she gets a finger--and y'all know which one--for the need to think about it.

Carry on ....

6 comments:

Raybeard said...

It's the old, old story of 'religious' people claiming exclusive privilege on deciding which laws they obey, but denying that 'right' to all others.
It's the same mentality that we had in England a year or two back when a 'Christian' couple, owners of a public guest house, demanded the right to refuse their facilities to a gay pair 'on religious grounds'. They fought all the way for their 'right' to do so, losing at every stage - and ended up having to surrender their business, heavily in debt, despite financial support from 'well-wishers'.
As in your Arizona case I only wish someone would ask the proposers the question "If someone refused service not on religious grounds but 'merely' because they didn't like homosexuals, should they then be prosecuted to the full extent of the law?" If not, why not? If yes, then it can only be because what it starkly comes down to is that the law is essentially correct, but having religion somehow 'validates' one exercising bigotry and hatred.
Just one additional point - it's always talked about as though there are no religious people around who agree with no discrimination. We all know that there are millions who are not conflicted between their beliefs and supporting equal treatment for all. Everyone has a choice on what to believe. Just don't hide behind it as a shield in the manner of "Sorry, it's not my fault but it's what I'm FORCED to think!" If that's what anyone truly believes then more fool them.

the dogs' mother said...

For a number of years we had retirees in the family living in Arizona. We are glad not to have to go there to visit anymore.

Ron said...

Bob,
Make no mistake about it, Governor Brewer didn't veto the "Don't Serve the Gays" bill because she was concerned about the unfairness of it. She vetoed it because of money. Arizona would lose a s__load of business if she signed it into law. Yeah, she had to "think about it." What's to think about?
Ron

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

I think a big part of it was her enjoying all the media attention.

Bob Slatten said...

@Sean
I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it ....

Professor Chaos said...

Eeewwww. . . Please don't ever use "Jan Brewer" and "quickie" in the same sentence!