ARIZONA: Gay issues didn’t kill the religious rights legislation, Muslim issues did!

family9788174350879Unfortunately, Christian religious rights must suffer in order to stop Muslims from imposing theirs. This article from the uber-leftist website SLATE, correctly concludes, ‘If you want to kill legislation that protects the right of Christians to withhold business services from same-sex couples, here’s one way to do it:  Warn them about Muslims.’

SLATE  That strategy was on display in the campaign against Arizona Senate Bill 1062, which would have shielded businesses from discrimination suits if they acted on religious beliefs. Everyone understood that the bill would have allowed conservative Christians to refuse services for a gay wedding. But in Arizona, that wasn’t a strong enough argument against it. So opponents went for the Muslim angle.

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Many Americans worry about Muslims imposing their beliefs on Christians. Two days ago, in praise of the Arizona bill, Rush Limbaugh complained, “Religious beliefs can’t be used to stop anything the left wants to impose—unless they’re Muslim religious beliefs, and then we have to honor those. But any other religious beliefs are not permitted.”

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The first reference to Muslims in the Arizona fight, as far as I can tell, came from the Anti-Defamation League (shocking because the ADL is very leftist) in a letter to state senators and in testimony before a state Senate committee on Jan. 16. If the bill were to pass, the ADL’s assistant regional director told the committee, “A Muslim-owned cab company might refuse to drive passengers to a Hindu temple.”

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This week, as lawmakers voted on the bill and Republican Gov. Jan Brewer weighed whether to sign it, the chorus grew. On Feb. 20, the editorial board of the Arizona Republic warned Brewer, “The proposed law is so poorly crafted it could allow a Muslim taxi driver to refuse service to a woman traveling alone.” On Feb. 21, John Aravosis, the editor of Americablog and a political consultant, brought up the Muslim cab driver and other scenarios raised by the ADL. On Feb. 22, Box Turtle Bulletin, a gay rights blog, published a post titled Did the Arizona Legislature Just Legalize Sharia Law? The post noted that the bill (Well as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day)

Exempts anyone from having to follow a whole host of state laws, ordinances and regulations if they conflict with an individual’s religious belief. This would mean that a Muslim landlord could forcibly evict single women or a convert to Christianity, since either action would be covered by Sharia law. It would also allow a Muslim employer to treat his non-Muslim employees with the same rules as his Muslim employees. He could compel non-Muslims to work longer hours at lesser pay and reduced rank.

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On Feb. 23, KTAR, a Phoenix news station, devoted a whole story to criticisms of the bill by a Scottsdale attorney. It began:

If Gov. Jan Brewer signs Senate Bill 1062, the service refusal bill, into law, one Valley attorney is afraid Arizona could face several legal challenges. “For example, a taxi cab driver who may be Muslim may refuse to give service to a woman who may be traveling without a male companion, in violation of their religious law” …

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On Feb. 24, USA Today columnist Owen Ullman asked, “if religious beliefs are a justification for refusing gay couples, shouldn’t Arizona extend the principle to all religious beliefs? Devout Muslims should have the right to refuse service to women who are not covered in burqas.” On Feb. 25, fellow columnist Kirsten Powers, a former communications consultantadded:

Say the only pharmacy in town is owned by a conservative Muslim. He believes that women should be covered. A mother comes in to get antibiotics for her sick child. He refuses service unless she covers herself. Will the religious right defend this? …

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I can’t prove that all this Muslim talk influenced Brewer’s decision to veto the bill last night. But it definitely caused trouble. During the state Senate debate on Feb. 20, the bill’s sponsor struggled with the Muslim taxi driver question. (Skip to minute 1:22 of the video.) On Feb. 25 the state’s Capitol Media Services raised the taxi driver scenario in an analysis of the bill’s legal ramifications. On Feb. 26, CBS News asked the president of the Center for Arizona Policy, which helped craft the bill, whether it would “protect a Muslim wedding photographer who does not want to photograph a Jewish wedding.” She said it would.

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I don’t think it’s an accident that some of the folks who played the Muslim card were political professionals, or that they threw in the Army sergeant scenario for good measure. When you’re trying to get lawmakers and a governor in a conservative state to kill a religious freedom bill, pleading for gay people or fretting about Christian overreach may not cut it. It might even backfire. If you can find some other scenario to talk about—preferably one in which Christians or soldiers pay the price for a minority’s religious freedom—you’re more likely to give the majority pause. It’s an ugly game. But that’s how you play it.

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15 comments on “ARIZONA: Gay issues didn’t kill the religious rights legislation, Muslim issues did!

  1. Okay preachers! Here you have it, any arselifters in or near your area, you have an out when it comes to turning down same-sex “couples” regarding “marital” services! Just warn them of what the area arselifters will do to them!!….AND, it is quite right that I would NOT want to do any business with a pislamist!

  2. It is a good sign that people are beginning to understand the problems this cult can pose. If our laws give them the loopholes to bring us from within, change the laws. Better to be an intolerant society than to be yoked under sharia.

  3. I’ve been saying FOR DECADES that things are ‘against my religion’. Since I made up my religion myself I can do that. Waking up early, cleaning the pool, walking the dog (he has doggy door), watching Brokeback Mountain (or any long BORING movie), or doing ANYTHING I don’t want to do, have all been ‘against my religion’ at various times. It works much better on my family than my employer. :P

  4. If all of us across the west took a stance and refused to use a taxi driven by an obviously muslime driver, perhaps we would contribute to the demise of their business. Too many taxi drivers are paid cash and in all probability no tax, and I wonder how many of us are paying jyza and therefore contributing to terrorism. Just a thought.

  5. Hatred of women and ‘others’? Normative Islam, rather than an aberration. Allah said don’t give love or genuine friendship to ‘others’. Mohammed’s close companion said, “We smile at some people while our hearts DESPISE THEM.”

    Pretense is normative in Islam.

  6. We better re-open all those “Colored” public restrooms …. and rename them Muslim …. Piss and Pray rooms …. with Sharia shit stalls …. no footsie playing …. or you lose the foot ? Monedas 1929 Comedy Jihad Bring Back The 5 Cent Coke World Tour

  7. peel away all the layers of discrimination what do you find a muslim he was hiding there all the time , some day all people will learn this easy lesson

    • Robert_3649 – I had a read of the article via the link you provided. Very interesting to see how the Muzturd & Lez battle it out….. I think we will start to see both Muzturds & Gay & Lesbian community start to butt heads. Those groups will squeal loud and make just a big fuss equally about the usual nonsence -discrimination, racism (yes I know Pislam isnt a race but we know this word will be thrown about by Muzturds) etc, etc …… So to the Christians out there, sit back, enjoy and watch the fun unfold :)

  8. i guess a few inconveniences must be endured to stop islamization .it’s just terrible that they have to be handled with kid gloves because they are rabid animals

  9. Christians wouldn’t want to do business with Muslims anyway. I think a Muslim owned taxi company should be able to refuse service too. Most women traveling alone would be relieved to not mistakenly get into a cab with a Muslim male.

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