Arizona SB1062 …. How one Man’s Freedom is Another’s Oppression | Dr. Angela Graham-West

by Dr. Angela Graham-West

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Arizona SB 1062 …. How one Man’s Freedom is Another’s Oppression…….

If it were just a matter of wearing the “black hat” or the “white hat”, then we would have a clear view from the top, side or below. The Superbowl Host Committee is threatening to do something….. not sure what but that is the deal. A few Fortune 500 companies concur, as Marriott warned Brewer in a letter that the legislation “would have profound negative impacts on the hospitality industry,” and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told the governor that signing the bill “would jeopardize all that has been accomplished so far.” Apple is balking and urging Governor Brewer to veto SB1062.

Meghan McCain, at the age of 29 was so perturbed about the SB 1062 that she reverted to the age of 13 with this incoherent twit:

“The state that I grew up in and love so much is literally making discriminating against citizens legal. HOW IS THIS AMERICAN OR RIGHT?!?”

HUH?

So what is all the fuss about?

Arizona SB 1062 is a legislative act in the U.S. state of Arizona, introduced by Senator Steve Yarbrough. The bill is one of several state bills that would allow anyone in the state to legally refuse business or service to any person based on religious freedom. The bill was passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, along party lines, it was also passed by the Republican-controlled state House. Governor Jan Brewer, also Republican has until February 28 to act. The bill will become law if she does not either sign or veto the bill, only once has she allowed a bill to become law without her signature. Wikipedia
It would be a first-of-its-kind amendment to religious freedom laws in the U.S.

In our litigious society, there HAS to be some catalyst behind this act. Well, in fact there is. Last August, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that a photography company discriminated against a same-sex couple when in 2006 it refused to shoot the couple’s civil-commitment ceremony. New Mexico law specifically bars a public accommodation from denying services to someone based on that person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Twenty-one states have similar laws.

The legislation, SB 1062, would bolster a business owner’s right to defend refusing service to someone when the owner believes doing so would violate their practice and observance of religion. Supporters call it a “religious freedom” bill. SB 1062 prevents a law from placing a “substantial burden” on an individual’s religious beliefs. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-arizona-gays-sb-1062-20140222,0,2958198.story#ixzz2uM7Ky7yU

Now, put yourself on both sides of the argument and look at this statement…..”This bill is not about discrimination, it’s about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.” In other words, the fervor might be to say that this legislative act will discriminate AGAINST gays and lesbians on the one hand or discriminate AGAINST the religious freedom of the business owner on the other hand and therefore drive him/her out of business or destroy them financially for practicing THEIR freedom of religion and their right to earn a living for their family.

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu, stated, “A person does not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they start a business,” she said. “In America, people are free to live and work according to their faith.”

So, this is a complicated issue in which the door swings both ways. Either way this issue is decided, one party or the other is going to feel slighted. Often, the issue at hand is not as easy as the tabloids paint it. AND whoever wears the “black hat” of the villain will be wholly dependent upon the viewpoint of the writer.

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