Well, well, well, what a day we’ve had here at ISBL; we’ve spent the morning with the likes of Mike Huckabee, who has gay friends, y’all, but says that being gay is a lifestyle like people who drink or swear. And then we had a delightful afternoon with Tony Perkins, of the hate group Family Research Council, who says that if gays post picture on Facebook pages we are persecuting Christians.
So, to carry on that theme, let’s end the day with another idiot: Nathan Winters.
Winters is both a Pastor — well, he says he’s a pastor, but he sounds very un-Christ-like — and a State Representative out there in Wyoming, who just saw his bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act [RFRA] pass the Wyoming House.
As originally written, it was basically a bill that allowed people to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse for not serving The Gays, but it was amended to ensure that The Gays will not be discriminated against by state employees, you know, like clerks who are hired to issue marriage licenses and such.
But, if Winters’ bill passes the state senate and if Matt Mead, the Republican governor of Wyoming, sign it, anyone … anyone … in the private sector will be able to refuse to serve any LGBT person merely by citing their supposed deeply held religious beliefs.
We’ve seen these bills before, but what makes this so hilarious, and offensive, is that the “Good” Pastor, and the “Asshat” Representative, Nathan Winters says his bill does not “provide the right to discriminate”: but is more of an anti-coercion bill because it doesn’t force someone whose religion opposes a situation, i.e. the LGBT community, to do something they disagree with … like serving a gay person.
He says the bill affirms the right of people to practice their faith but, correct me if I’m queer, I didn’t realize that anyone on Wyoming wasn’t allowed to practice their faith. Oh, by practice their faith, he means to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation because that’s what God wants.
So LGBT folks in Wyoming — ironically the state’s nickname is the Equality State … no lie … and it’s motto is “equal rights” — will become ‘less than’ if Winters’ bill passes and is signed into law. Sure, no state agency can refuse to serve The Gays but every single other business in the state will be allowed to do so if they utter those simple words:
“God hates Fags.”