I'm taking a new approach this week. I hope you enjoy it.
Arizona, home of border fences and legislated discrimination
In case you've been under a rock, Arizona's state legislature passed a bill (SB 1062) allowing any business to refuse service to people based on any religious reason. Initially schemed as a way to let businesses refuse to interact with the gays, it has repercussions for anyone that a business owner or employee takes issue with.
- don't like Muslims or Sihks or Jews or Mormons, discriminate.
- don't like single mothers (because you are now allowed to assume whatever you want about their sexual activities and that might upset your religion), discriminate.
- don't like tattoos or piercings because it says something in the Bible, discriminate.
- insert any other possible reason that could be even loosely tied to something religious, discriminate.
Go ahead. The law says you can totes do that now.
The bill is sitting on Governor Jan Brewer's desk, and there is all kinds of speculation about what she will do with it. Good common sense would force her to veto it, even if her inclination would be to sign it otherwise. It's bad business, it won't stand up to legal challenges and it is making her entire state look like it's run by bigoted assholes.
Since the bill was signed, three Republicans who voted for it (totally along party lines, might I add) have said they wish they hadn't voted for it. WELL THAT'S JUST GREAT NOW THANKS. If you three had done the right thing before, it wouldn't have passed. You don't get a do-over because the media made you look like an ass. I mean, sure....it's possible they really saw the error in their ways....and I suppose we should give them the benefit of the doubt.
Those state Senators are Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsley. I put asterisks by their names. Everyone else who voted for it still thinks it's a good sound law. Who voted for it, you ask? I'm actually going to tell you here in a second.
History will not look kindly on those attempting to legislate discrimination, and just because it's fun and because I can, these are the names of the elected officials who voted for this bill in Arizona. (I'm totally making this a thing for as long as states try to pass shitty laws like this one.)
The way I see it, if you're going to vote for something like this, you'd better have the balls to stand behind that vote.
This will go down on your permanent record. For reals.
Adam Driggs *
Steve Pierce *
Bob Worsley *