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Thankfully, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just vetoed the "religious freedom" bill that would've given people carte blanche to discriminate against gay people (and others, for that matter).  The most baffling thing is that there exists a state legislature that would pass this bill.  The bill in Arizona that was promoted by the innocuous-sounding "Center for Arizona Policy," would've allowed businesses to refuse service to anyone who offended their religious sensibilities.  (Gracious me, a homosexual eating steak on a Friday!)

Sadly, this sort of law is not isolated to Arizona.  While hopefully none will get as far as the legislation in Arizona, similar bills are lurking in other states.  One of my favorite parts of this whole story is how one of the Republican legislators who has since changed his mind and regrets his "mistake," said that he initially voted yes because he thought "it was good for the caucus."  Ugh, there's a strong moral compass for you.

Let's hope these sort of laws die the speedy death they deserve.  Enjoy the cartoon, and pass it along to someone who may have a different faith or sexual preference than you.  (More links to the news stories behind the cartoon are on my site, as usual.)

Down where the cactus is sharp and the rattlesnakes is quick, lives a band a' folks knows how to defend themselves from all manner of varmints, vermin and horny toads.

Only thing scarier'n a cougar in your camp . . . is a gay couple in your store.

That's why you best get yourself a genuine "Discrimination License."

Now, whether or not the Governor has the cojones to sign it, the Legislature just issued you a permit that entitles you to an open season . . . of discrimination.

Just call it religion and you're good to go.

You're a God-fearing shopkeep and that customer's lookin' a little light-in-the-loafers, send him a-packin' cause he's attackin' your religion . . . just by livin'.

If those gals ain't sisters, they're persecutin' you for your religion.

They ain't welcome in these parts.

Takes a keen eye t' spot 'em.

Some folks used to band 'em, but we don't do that no more.

We're just protectin' religion now.

Why I suppose our Discrimination License entitles a Hindu to refuse service to a steak man, or a tee-toatalin' Mormon t' refuse a wine-drinkin' Catholic . . .

But here we're talkin' about gays, plain and simple.

And good folks across the country want their Discrimination License, too.

Hang tight, Georgia, we're comin' to defend your right to discriminate, the way God intended it.  (Kinda' like Uganda-lite.)

So, you don't have to live in fear a' gay people attackin' your religion just by breathin' the same air anymore.

Send 'em packin' with your Discrimination License.

Cause these States, they ain't big enough for all of us.

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:50 AM PST.

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  •  New phrase: (8+ / 0-)

    "Gay varmints."

    I love it.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:55:06 AM PST

  •  That voice! (8+ / 0-)

    That could be our own Louis Ludwig!
    Ask Crashing Vor about him.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:56:12 AM PST

  •  Love the cross with the spiked club at the end (9+ / 0-)

    because nothing says love like righteous intolerance  inspired by God.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:09:41 AM PST

  •  It will be very interesting to see (3+ / 0-)
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    what happens if a gay couple walk into a bakery owned by a Muslim in Phoenix and order a cake for their engagement party.

    "The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler..." -Eric Hoffer

    by MajorMinor on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:12:45 AM PST

    •  Not all the religious are insane, (1+ / 0-)
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      though any gay couple that would want a bigot catering their wedding probably would be.

      Other than that, I rather agree. This is a major - and long overdue - social change (perhaps the harbinger of more)... I am pleased to be alive to see it and be able to hope for the human species.

    •  Under current Arizona law... (0+ / 0-)

      ...they can already discriminate against gays.  There is no state-wide protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Arizona.

      Some cities have passed such laws (Phoenix, Tuscon, Flagstaff, and now Tempe), but there is no state-wide law.

      Thus, if the gay couple walks into a Muslim bakery and they are refused service due to their sexual orientation, it will depend upon where they live whether or not they have broken the law.

      What the proposed legislation would have done would have carved out a religious exemption to anti-discrimination law.  Sure, the city says you can't discriminate against gays, but the state says that using religion to deny service to gay people isn't discrimination.

      Surely you see the idiocy of that, yes?

      Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by seventh graders for balance. They found your paper "bogus," describing the lab work as "boring." We will be unable to publish your work at this time.

      by Rrhain on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:08:30 PM PST

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  •  Truly (5+ / 0-)

    The state legislature did not think this through.  I suspect they live lives of Epistemic Closure and do not realize the potential chaos this would create.  The last think we need is another set of religious wars.

    Haven't they ever heard of the 100 Years War?  Or the English Civil War?  There's a very specific reason this country was founded on secular principles.

  •  These Surges of Madness Have (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I actually see the bright side here (4+ / 0-)
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    The fact that they actually feel the need to issue these laws is quite positive.
    It is always good to see America giving them the finger vote after vote, case after case, veto after veto.

    Don't get me wrong - the laws themselves are evil (and the people behind them are too), but twenty years ago the didn't even need laws to justify discrimination. LGBTs were discriminated against and the bigots were holding their heads high.

    Could you imagine twenty years ago major companies telling these a##holes to shove it and threatening to take their business elsewhere if the discriminatory laws were enacted (Again - see above,  20 years ago they didn't even need the laws).

    Its not that discrimination does not happen today. Far from it. But the national mood has shifted dramatically and more and more people realize how morally repugnant this discriminatory practices really are.

    With these type of laws the bigots and haters just put their hatred on display, fighting and losing a rearguard battle. The reaction they get now is not what they were used to, and more and more people (that otherwise sit on the fence)  see how absurd their position is.

    Queror Ergo Sum. -- Rene Descartes Shakshuka

    by The Revenge of Shakshuka on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:21:59 AM PST

  •  Rich Lowry says not only that, (2+ / 0-)
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    but that there is no role for government in equal protection of the law whatsoever. Shocking.

  •  "Attackin' Your Religion...Just By Livin'" (5+ / 0-)

    That is TRUE for Right-Wing Political Ideologue Extremists in All Religions.

    (It certainly isn't attributable to Jesus Christ or compatible with his teachings.)

    It's the battle cry of the Ku Klux Kristians in Amerika (aka self-named "American Taliban", "teabaggers", Confederates, John Birchers, secessionists, NeoNzis, and others comprising the self-named "Party of Stupid").

  •  DANGER: NEVER Mix With "Stand Your Ground"! (5+ / 0-)

    May Result in Death.

  •  I wonder if the people pushing for these (5+ / 0-)

    laws ever stopped to consider that they could be used to justify discrimination against Christians. Imagine a Muslim business owner refusing to serve any woman who isn't wearing a head scarf. Or a Wiccan refusing to sell toothpaste to someone wearing a cross necklace.

    •  The insanity was apparent this time? (0+ / 0-)

      In Arizona a long standing law states that "No" business has the right to refuse a glass of water to "anyone" unless of course this law had passed, the Righties thought it acceptable to begrudge service to gays as apparently sub-human beings?

      One more reason I continue leaning left. So much for the loving your neighbor part while siding w/these venomous villains and vipers?

      I love it when these Chameleons show their true colors for even the densest single issue voters to see? Well said Elmo

      Fox viewers seek a mascot for solidarity? Maybe an Ostrich? Seek Truth young birds....

      by Jon Sullivan on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 05:26:18 PM PST

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    •  They didn't figure this out in Louisiana (0+ / 0-)

      They set up a school voucher system that allowed parents to use the money for tuition and religious schools.

      ...until the realized that Muslim parents were using the vouchers to send their children to Muslim schools.  Then the legislators threw fits with one of the big proponents directly stating that by "religious school," she meant Christian.

      Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by seventh graders for balance. They found your paper "bogus," describing the lab work as "boring." We will be unable to publish your work at this time.

      by Rrhain on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:10:51 PM PST

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  •  Awesome cartoon and idea, that license! It (4+ / 0-)

    reallllly makes it clear, so simply. This should be seen by all in those remaining states, by everyone actually.

    Thank you!

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:46:29 AM PST

  •  Free title for the next bill (2+ / 0-)
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    And worth every penny, bigots. Next time just title the bill the "Are You Really Paying Attention Act" and run with it as far as you can. Because that's really what all this amounts to: Unadorned bigotry trying to sneak into the law of the land.

  •  Kudos for the "Uganda Lite" (5+ / 0-)
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    Why do the RWNJ hate the Taliban? They both misrepresent the same Owner's Manual out of context.

    Read the Koran, Mohamed, Peace upon him etc. quoted extensively from the bible.

    Further the "Judeo" part of the US religious tradition was played very, very lightly before WW2 and for years afterwards.

    Where I worked in Oklahoma they mentioned quite often: if you don't like it move back to Jew York. So much for the judeo-christian tradition in the Buckle of the Bible Belt. The Ship of Fools was more than a historical novel.

    •  Different brand, it's like Walmart vs KMart (0+ / 0-)

      What's sad is Islam has respect for Jesus as a prophet of God while Christianity has no respect for their prophets.

      I wish I had stocks in aluminium these days. All that foil would be a great investment opportunity.

      by Ceri Cat on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 06:29:58 PM PST

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  •  Here's a card you can print and carry yourself! (4+ / 0-)
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    I thought I'd make up a quick one for everyone who might need one in a pinch, usable only in the state of Arizona right now, but soon to be available in the Republican governed state of your choice!


    "When does the greed stop, we ask the other side? That's the question and that's the issue." - Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:18:20 AM PST

    •  I Love This Card Idea! (2+ / 0-)
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      On all this type of legislation, I've been wondering about the potential discriminators having to concern themselves with how to recognize GLBT people and others who may not be easily apparent or who may travel in stealth while in hostile (AZ-type) territory. After all, not everyone practices constant PDA!

      Even more, though, I savor the delicious phrase "sincerely-held religious beliefs." but no one seems to have remarked about that criterion very much. How can the discriminator attest to his or her sincerity? Discriminators may be required to carry a second card--a "sincerity card"--in addition to the type illustrated above. The card could be issued by a pastor, imam, priest, etc. So it must be decided, to qualify for the card, does a discriminator have to pass a lie-detector test to demonstrate sincerity? A threshold of regular church attendance? Baptism? A receipt for 10% contribution to a religious group? Memorization of a certain amount of scripture?  

      •  Kind of throws in the face of loving thy neighbor, (0+ / 0-)

        eh Needler? Keep in mind though from memory 80+% of the country claims Christianity and business's all exploit society for it's shareholders and owners. In other words I certainly don't feel this was a circumstance of Christians bothered by gays as much as Republicans attempting to provoke indifference between right and left, Rep and Lib?

        This time it may have backfired and if so these types of shenanigans could leave 2016 blatantly obvious as to who is more likely to "Love thy neighbor as themselves?

        Fox viewers seek a mascot for solidarity? Maybe an Ostrich? Seek Truth young birds....

        by Jon Sullivan on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 06:20:00 PM PST

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  •  Don't forget the commerce clause (1+ / 0-)
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    This conservative spin, that my religious rights are being trampled by being forced to serve gays (or other people I find objectionable), actually goes right at the heart of legal rationales for civil rights legislation. The rationale was the segregation could have a detrimental impact on interstate commerce and so it fell under federal jurisdiction. In effect, the christian right is seeking to expand the legal term of religious freedom so that includes the right to not do business with those deemed to "be sinners" and per then video, the logical implication is that such extended rights would extend to Hindus, Muslims, Mormons, scientologists, etc.

    So looking forward, expect more concerted right wing effort to establish "Christianity" as a privileged or even official religion (cause you know, the founding fathers would have all been big fans of the 700 club) and then push for this continued redefinition of religious freedom.

    This meme will not go away and i would not be shockedto see some version of it eventually reviewed by the right leaning Supreme court.

  •  Gotta be ALEC (0+ / 0-)

    its just gotta be.

    •  It doesn't really. (0+ / 0-)

      They're capable of being bigots without big money behind them. But hey when you can get paid for being an intolerant prick?

      I wish I had stocks in aluminium these days. All that foil would be a great investment opportunity.

      by Ceri Cat on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 06:32:02 PM PST

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  •  Love this!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Steak was actually, weirdly enough, my first thought when I heard of this bill (After the disgust subsided to a dull roar).  Several years ago my husband & I were vacationing in MI.  We stopped to get gas & asked the attendant if he could recommend a good steak place.  He said very seriously & sternly (in a thick Middle Eastern accent, "Oh, no, miss.  Steak is no good for you!  No Steak!"). We thanked him & left & then laughed all the way down the interstate.  It's a running joke...

  •  The KKK came wrapped in the flag and carrying (1+ / 0-)
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    bibles in the thirties. Now we have the Koch boys funding the John Birch Society and every other clandestine group they can to throw the US into disarray.
    What makes anyone think that the klan is going away or has lost any intentions of subjugating or killing all in the country they do not like? You can rid us of them or vote for them; your choice.

    No country can be both ignorant and free - Thomas Jefferson

    by fjb on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 02:35:19 PM PST

  •  Charlotte NC home of busing and nearby sit-in's (1+ / 0-)
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    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual(ted Cruz), by a group (tea party), or by any other controlling private power (citizens united). -- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Having been born in Charlotte NC in 1950 I have had the chance to grow up with the civil rights movement as a reporter for the Underground press and saw it grow first hand. It is time to start sit-ins again..

    This is why the hard right has thrown every thing they have into taking North Carolina in 2014 and 16. a loss their will crush them. the Kosh brothers have spend 9 million dollars to date on hate ads and lies to get kay hagan out.

    The real reason that the Koch Bro have a interest here is  USGS figures put North Carolina's lithium resource in the ballpark of 2.6 million tons. that's for the batteries in your electric cars . Once the right controls that they could very well remain in power for the foreseeable future.

    You don't have a clue how dangerous the right is here. Think KKK in suits. preachers that handle snakes to prove god is on their side . Since taking our government the right is using NC as a lab for their economic conspiracy theories. The results on the poor and middle class have be devastating. Hospitals are closing because the right refused Medicaid expansion. 400,000 can't get insurance for the same reason.

    If they take the country , you will know how the Italians felt when Europe's fascist dictator ,Mussolini rose to power. you will know what it is like to live in a Corporate State.

    •  When the Koch's own brother sees their intentions, (0+ / 0-)

      and is well reported public knowledge… Why,,,, For the love of God can't the church, family, friends, country, even when given the facts?

      Why would Americans, Christians, Gun owners, etc, etc, all be willing to lay w/ the devil in order to limit a woman's choice of abortion, contraception, equality, a living wage, religious bigotry, background checks or something as simple as an unfair tax deduction or legal off shore haven unfair lending?  

      Or,, something intentionally construed where American families are worked and manipulated from unfair expectations to the point of exhaustion trying to make the ends meet and are left after little time gathering their idea of truth from fox misinformation and others who found Hannity, Orielly, Stausel, Limbaugh or the much more likable well dressed leading ladies and suit wearing gospel lookalikes, front and center on Faux believable other than for their Lies.

      If only when spreading deceit their horns would grow for all to see?

      Fox viewers seek a mascot for solidarity? Maybe an Ostrich? Seek Truth young birds....

      by Jon Sullivan on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:35:10 PM PST

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  •  Human Rights (0+ / 0-)

    How come the 'good people of Arizona' have such despicable representation?

  •  there should be an award for this and (0+ / 0-)

    similar videos!

    this one would be a winner in many categories...

  •  The GOP "Christian Taliban" is Hard at Work. (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't Sarcasm Grand!  This video is priceless in exposing their hypocrisy AND BIGOTRY.  How can current Republicans not see how severely their party has morphed of late and bolt from that horrid mess?  And after Citizen's United, now the Koch brothers and Karl Rove's SuperPACS are BUYING elections with deceptive and UNCONSCIONABLE "swiftboating" ads across America.

  •  If this isn't proof... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that sexual orientation is a suspect class and requires strict scrutiny by the courts, I don't know what else would be sufficient.

    Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by seventh graders for balance. They found your paper "bogus," describing the lab work as "boring." We will be unable to publish your work at this time.

    by Rrhain on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:12:41 PM PST

  •  Everyone of you (0+ / 1-)
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    Its funny how y'all prosecute people for being prejudice if their opinion opposes from your opinion. Even if the opinion you try to force upon people goes against their religion. Last time I checked this is the united states and the freedom of religion is supported. You are prejudice against people of religion especially christians and it is kind of funny to see how hypocritical you liberals are.

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