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  1. TampaZeke
    February 20, 2014

    Just when you thought that there was no new depth to which Republicans could stoop they come up with Jim Crow 2014!

    Arizona must be so proud. I never thought I’d see the day that Arizona would out-Mississippi Mississippi.

  2. Merv
    February 20, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to look at and report the actual text of the bill. It drives me crazy when the reporting is based on little more than slogans, and then we proceed to have an uninformed conversation based on inadequate information. The effects of the bills are often very different (and worse) than we are originally led to believe by proponents and detractors.

  3. Atriokke
    February 21, 2014

    “in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief”

    At some point, some of them should sit down and define what religious belief entails. What is considered a religious belief?

    Text lines from a book?
    Do they have a constraint on what books can be considered to derive a religious belief?
    Can any traditional beliefs fall under religious -such as those from the Catholic church- ?

    Early in life we all quickly learn to identify which are the more famous religions.. but soon after realize that religions are never constrained to those ones and there is no limitation as to what belief they may hold. Fascinating stuff.

  4. customartist
    February 21, 2014

    1. Amendment IX (1791)

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    2. Amendment XIV (1868)

    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.

  5. Timothy Kincaid
    February 21, 2014

    I have the feeling that the acolytes of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are going to declare that their deity demands discrimination in some very interesting ways.

    “I’m sorry, but my Lord Flying Spaghetti Monster requires that I not tow cars with an ichthys. Yeah, I know I’m the only tow company in town so I guess that sucks for you.”

    “Sure I know you ordered your wedding flowers a month ago, but last night I heard the FSM tell me that he disapproves of selling flowers to unattractive people.”

  6. FYonug
    February 21, 2014
  7. SharonB
    February 21, 2014

    Slam dunk summary judgment against the states who enact these junk pandering laws.
    And they think they live in tyranny, HAH!

  8. homer
    February 21, 2014

    Strange to think that someone’s religious beliefs trump by ability to purchase gasoline, groceries, or medicine from a business that operates because I pay the taxes for the roads leading to it, the police and firemen that protect it, and so on.

  9. AlexH
    February 21, 2014

    Just when you think we’re finally walking through the open door something like the AZ and KS bills come along and BAM! we see the ugly face of discrimination is still alive and kicking.

  10. Victor
    February 22, 2014

    This is all a set-up for the next wave of bogus, unconstitutional laws intended only to drive evangelicals to the polls in 2014 and 2016. Outrightly anti-gay-marriage bills served this purpose a few years ago. But the tide has turned on that one so the new focus is on enshrining the loosely defined exercise of “religious liberty” as superior to the protection of basic civil rights in a secular society.

    In short these laws signal the formal declaration of (an ultimately futile) war to convert the U.S. from a representative democracy into a political theocracy. The fact that probably not even Antonin Scalia would support such a law is unimportant if you can wring 2-5 years of short-term electioneering out of the strategy.

    There was a time when any orchestrated effort to undermine the function of the civil laws of the United States would be declared “sedition” – but if that were still the fashion almost the entirety of the U.S. Congress would be in prison – not to mention at least two Supreme Court justices.

    Must religion’s credibility in America be utterly destroyed before we are free from those who have turned basic, honest faith into Fascism?

    God Help U.S….

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