COMMENTARY | Apparently a lot of Arizona legislators haven’t been reading their Bibles lately. And most of them have apparently forgotten about the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. Perhaps they like being one of the most mocked and reviled states in the union. From Joe Arpaio to John McCain, Arizona is a state that seems to do a lot of yapping before thinking. But what the Arizona Senate and House just passed really takes the cake. According to TIME, the Arizona legislature has just passed a bill legalizing discrimination against homosexuals.
Governor Jan Brewer must decide whether or not to sign the bill. On its surface, the bill is about protecting religious freedom, thereby allowing business owners to refuse service to homosexuals. You see, the Bible says homosexuality is wrong.
Oh, and it says a lot of other stuff is wrong, too. Like treating different races equally. And what about fair treatment of women? Fuhgeddaboudit. Governor Jan better read the Old Testament before she decides to let the Bible approve people’s actions. She might just get stoned…and not the good type of stoned.
Interracial marriage? Bible condemns it. Commit adultery? The punishment is death. Someone irked you? There’s a lot of eye-for-eyeing going on. Sounds like the Arizona legislature thought citizens needed some toughening up.
Yep, it turns out you get a lot more than you bargained for when you try to discriminate against homosexuals by claiming the Bible makes it okay. I can’t wait to hear conservative Arizonans talk themselves in circles trying to argue that they’re not sexist, and definitely not racist, just because they want to follow their good Christian Bible to the letter. The stuttering, stammering, mumbling, and hand-wringing will be epic.
No, you’re not Christians. You’re just bigots. You are the exact same as the Cro-Magnons in the early 1800s who argued that the Bible explained why white men got to own other people and keep their wives quite and subservient in the kitchens. You argue “religious freedom” because it’s convenient.
All the parts in the Bible where it says to treat each other as equals? I guess that part didn’t resonate. Except when it comes to race, because we can’t get away with being racist these days. Convenient how after the 1960s those “treat everyone equal” parts of the Bible suddenly became more popular, right? Back when gays were still in the closet.
Hey Jan Brewer: Know who also legalized persecution against homosexuals? Adolf Hitler. I gathered from your Wikipedia page that that would touch a nerve…