The Republican Idiocy Behind Laws Banning LGBTQs Will Inevitably Backfire

No Christians

What is it with Republicans in Arizona and their racist and now homophobic laws? Arizona Senate Bill 1062 would allow:

“Exercise of religion” means the practice or observance of religion, including the ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

So if someone is an LGBTQ, a corporation based upon their “religious belief” can legally discriminate against serving or hiring anyone who happens to be born a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Question…Why? Because, under federal law, LGBTQs are not a protected class, therefore under the 10th Amendment, Arizona has the right to pass discrimination laws.

In California, it is a state offense to discriminate against people who are LGBTQs and doing so, would mean the corporation can get sued and possibly lose its charter to do business in this state. Currently there are 17 states and D.C. that ban discrimination against LGBTQs:

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Massachusetts
Maine
Minnesota
New Jersey
New Mexico
Nevada
Oregon
Rhode Island
Vermont
Washington

Thankfully, there are Arizona Republicans who are against SB1062 and are urging Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill. One such Arizonan Republican is Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain said that he hopes Brewer vetoes the bill. Why are the so-called God-fearing Republicans in a huff? Because one of their largest political contributors are against the bill…the Log Cabin Republicans.

This bill, as written, leaves the door wide open for discrimination. For example, a Jewish or Muslim store owner can refuse service to a Christian, because it is in conflict with their belief. If a person with a cross walks into their place of business, the Muslim or Jew can say no Christians are allowed.

An atheist can do the same. Though they may not be a part of a religious institution they can also legally discriminate against cross-wearing customers because of the Constitution:

14th Amendment
Amendment XIV
Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Just because people like me don’t believe in a god, the Constitution states AZ cannot deprive [me] of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws if I were a resident and business owner in Arizona.

These laws apparently are written based upon some phobia or a lust for the religious folks and their desire to remain in office. These Republicans write laws without really thinking about the consequences: legal and/or political, so that they can cater to a society, though a minority, that is extremely vocal. One such bill-turned-law was SB 1070.

The evidence that the Arizona legislature’s bill that was crafted and now law proved that the legislature did not think the bill thoroughly, which was later signed by Brewer. The evidence are Sections 26 to 30. It is a felony at the state level to hire undocumented workers. After the passage of the bill, I’m sure the lawmakers are hoping that the residents of Arizona are asleep. Why?

According to Phoenix New Times reporter Stephen Lemons, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still arresting undocumented workers, but apparently not arresting CEOs or managers who hire them. This disregard of their own law is in violation of 18 U.S. Code § 4 – Misprision of felony and Arpaio can be arrested.

How? §13-3884 which reads:

13-3884. Arrest by private person

A private person may make an arrest:

1. When the person to be arrested has in his presence committed a misdemeanor amounting to a breach of the peace, or a felony.

2. When a felony has been in fact committed and he has reasonable ground to believe that the person to be arrested has committed it.

So an Arizonan can legally arrest Joe Arpaio for violating SB 1070 sections 26 to 30 for not enforcing Section 31 subsection a&b. Actually, the undocumented worker can have Joe Arpaio arrested, too. Oh, and full disclosure, I am NOT a lawyer nor am I offering anyone legal services, but being a reporter, searching for and reporting on a law like this is perfectly within my Constitutional rights. But I do suggest you see a lawyer.

The backlash to the elected officials in Arizona can bite them in the behind and destroy the very fabric that makes Arizona the great state that it is. When the conservative values, racism, homophobia and right winged Christianity, are foisted upon their people, expect the infrastructure to collapse from their insolence.

If you’re ready to read more from the unbossed and unbought Politicus team, sign up for our newsletter here!

7 Replies to “The Republican Idiocy Behind Laws Banning LGBTQs Will Inevitably Backfire”

  1. Religion is the worst idea ever invented by human beings. It nearly always encourages the worst behaviors, anger, hate and repression, and does little but put monty in the pockets of people sell it.

  2. I think Jan Brewer should go ahead and sign that bill. Just think about how cheap all of that real estate will be after all of the large corporations that hire people leave the state and people will have to sell their homes and land in order to move to where the job market is. By golly! The ENTIRE state of Arizona could be owned by the LGBTQ community before the end of the year and it can be the one state in the union that is neither Red nor Blue and will truly be THE RAINBOW STATE!

  3. Either we are ALL equal under the law – or we are not.

    They passed this bill and now they’re trying to run away from it, not because they don’t want to discriminate against LGBT (because they surely DO), but because they see the ECONOMIC implications of having such a law in place.

    Someone on TV is saying something about striking the right balance – there is NO “right balance” when it comes to laws that discriminate against ANYONE regardless of whatever reason they make up in their heads to do it.

    Discrimination has no place in society and it sure as hell has no place in law.

  4. It seems that God has all the same frailties as humans. Because he seems, according to Christians that he hates all the same people that they do. As I have said long ago and to this day that “Mankind invented God to be better than his own image and he failed”

  5. I’m amazed at these idiots even trying to legislate against anybody. I thought these
    people were familiar with the Constitution and all it’s amendments— they can quote the Second Amendment word for word when there is a mere hint of a law that would take
    their stupid AK-47’s away. Why don’t they read the Bible they are always thumping.

    I never thought my opinion of Terrorpublicans could sink any lower after Bush / Cheney. Turns out that was just the starting point. Hand them another shovel so they can keep digging their own hole.

  6. I noticed with great interest that the list of states with non-discrimination laws was absent any southern state. Hmmmm.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.