I will undoubtedly offend and / or anger some folks by voicing my opinion but that is to be expected when stepping into the quagmire of highly charged emotional issues and Jan Brewer’s courageous decision to veto of Arizona’s SB1602, aka: “The Religious Freedom Bill”.
I have not read the bill, but that has never stopped any congressman or senator from voting for a bill. The bill was advertised as “Religious Freedom” when in reality it is quite the opposite. Perhaps the Conservatives are finally learning from the Democrats? I think that is exactly what has happened.
When I read the first clause in the First Amendment to our Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...”
I recognize the fact that this is the FIRST part of the FIRST amendment to our Constitution and put it into the context of the times in which it was authored. The framers of our Constitution lived in a time when the individuals personal and professional potential was at the mercy of which ever church the reigning monarch attended this week and monarchs changed “churches” as was convenient to them politically and personally.
The “Achilles Heel” and constant fodder for the lawyers has been the term “establishment”. In pre-American civilization the term “Church” was very clear; i.e. Protestant or Catholic or Jewish, etc. In common practice, it has meant the transference of religious doctrine into the public arena of civil and criminal law.
And that is why Jan Brewer’s decision to veto the “Religious Freedom” bill was the right thing to do under our Constitution. Either you believe in our Constitution or you do not.
To be quite candid, it would not surprise me that if somewhere in the back allies of political machinations the bill was fostered by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood.
That can’t be! No Way! How could that be?...you ask.
We The People never seem to learn.
The great mountains of our fantastic planet were created by massive upheavals in the earth’s crust. And this nation was created by a massive upheaval in the prevailing social order. The concept of tyrants and kings and royalty and all those rigid and oppressive forms of government were thrown aside in favor of a brave new concept built upon the bedrock belief in the freedom of the individual. We The People, the freedom loving people from every point of the globe, joined together to create the greatest mountain of a nation that God ever gifted to mankind.
So what is the most efficient method by which we can destroy a mountain and erase it from the face of the earth? God has been doing that since “Day One of Creation”. It is called erosion.
Ask any native born West Virginian about “Hydraulic Mining” or “Hydraulicking”. It is the method by which mining companies use huge high powered “water hoses” to remove a mountainside so that they can collect the treasures buried within. Erosion strategically and forcefully applied.
And that my friends is exactly what the Democrats / Liberals / Progressives have been doing to our country for decades; aided by those of equal intolerance from across the political spectrum. They “erode” every supporting foundation structure of our once great nation a pebble at a time until the entire house will inevitably collapse.
I have long been frustrated by the apparent hierarchy of priorities within the GOP which in the final analysis has simply proven to be pandering to special interest groups. I have threatened to erect billboards proclaiming: “Vote Republican - The American Taliban” because there is no difference in the fact that both want to codify (turn into civil and criminal law) religious doctrine.
I am a (relatively) healthy male and I like women - ask any of my ex-wives. And I recognize that virtually every family tree has at least one gay / lesbian member. And yes, I have a number of friends in the gay and lesbian communities. Live in San Francisco for a decade or so and so will you or you live in a closet.
My wife and I ran our own company for a couple of decades or so and decided that when you offer services to the “public”, that meant all people - regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, or whomever they chose to share their life with.
When Jesus walked the earth he embraced the leper and prostitute and the wealthy and the poor.
How does one call one’s self a “Christian” if they are not willing to follow the example of their savior?
The Liberal / Progressive elements have successfully transmuted the first phrase of the First Amendment to our Constitution to mean “freedom FROM religion” and if they stay true to form, the name of “God” will be forever banned but using the ingenuity of the “mealy mouth”, the name of “Allah” will be allowed.
If a “business” wants to exclude any group for whatever reason, then perhaps they should follow the example of Oklahoma and other states. “Back in the day” beer distributors were prone to stamp their containers with “OK” to indicate “Oklahoma Distribution Only” because under Oklahoma law, beer could not contain more than 3.2 percent alcohol wile other states allowed almost twice that. And hard liquor was sold only through state controlled “ABC Stores” (true also in Virginia and other states). And it was illegal for “bars” to sell hard liquor. So the answer was to create “bottle clubs” where a person could “buy” a membership card and place their favorite liquor behind the bar with their membership number on it and then order a “setup” - which could be a “mixer” of choice or just a glass - with their own liquor in it.
So let those businesses who wish to force their religious convictions on the general public might consider following that model. Establish a “members only club”. And see how well they do economically.
Hobby Lobby is one of the finest examples I can think of.
No one can question their deep and abiding faith.
And yet they serve the public - all the public.
As it should be.