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Arizona Legislature OKs religion
bill; on way to Gov. Brewer

Republic [Arizona], by Alia Beard Rou

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Posted By:mitzi, 2/21/2014 11:08:20 AM

The Arizona Legislature has passed a controversial religion bill that is again thrusting Arizona into the national spotlight in a debate over discrimination. House Bill 2153, written by the conservative advocacy group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense against a lawsuit. The bill, which was introduced last month and has been described by opponents as discriminatory against gays and lesbians, has drawn national media coverage. Discussion of the bill went viral on social media during the House floor debate Thursday. Opponents have dubbed it

It will be interesting to watch.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rosefenn, 2/21/2014 11:52:52 AM     (No. 9741227)

Sooooo...if my neighbor decides to kill my dog because his religion teaches that the animal is "unclean" then would I have any recourse? What if my someone decides that his religious beliefs entitle him to marry his 12-year-old niece? Where are we then? This is the thin edge of the wedge.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/21/2014 12:37:18 PM     (No. 9741300)

To me, there´s a difference between being forced to personally participate in something that´s against my religious beliefs and denying the same-sex couple access to a business or service.

Forcing me to photograph your wedding is like forcing me to kneel down and worship your golden calf.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/21/2014 12:38:54 PM     (No. 9741303)

This bill offers defense against a discrimination law suit when you refuse to provide a service for religious reasons. So a Hindu animal control officer might use this defense if he refused to put down a stray white elephant, but regularly put down stray dog and cats that no one had come to rescue.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 2/21/2014 1:11:17 PM     (No. 9741366)

Opens the door to sharia law.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: beth, 2/21/2014 1:20:39 PM     (No. 9741381)

If the gay couples weren´t acting like bullies and suing people for refusing to go against their religious convictions, the bill wouldn´t be necessary.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lavalette, 2/21/2014 5:43:12 PM     (No. 9741643)

Jesus said you were either for him or against him. There is no such thing as a religiously neutral law.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rob_NC, 2/21/2014 7:30:18 PM     (No. 9741718)

...just too many "what if´s"...
..this imhho will backfire..sadly

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mamafrog, 2/22/2014 9:04:31 AM     (No. 9742138)

Tourism is one of Arizona´s major industries. They are already suffering from perceptions that the entire state is unsafe because of their border with Mexico. This law will simply add to those problems.

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