Though the bill was passed by the legislature, some who approved it backtracked after the hysteria began, when the corrupt, State-Run media falsely depicted the bill as "anti-gay." Never mind that nowhere in the bill were the words "gay" or "homosexual" written, as Rich Lowry pointed out.
The bill was roughly 998 pages shorter than much of legislation that passes in Washington, so reading it didn’t take much of a commitment. Clocking in at barely two pages, it was easy to scan for disparaging references to homosexuality, for veiled references to homosexuality, for any references to homosexuality at all.
They weren’t there. A headline from The Week declared, “There is nothing Christian about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.” It would be more accurate to say that there was nothing anti-gay about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.
The legislation consisted of minor clarifications of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has been on the books for 15 years and is modeled on the federal act that passed with big bipartisan majorities in the 1990s and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.Arizona was going to lose the Super Bowl over this? Maybe so. Gov. Jan Brewer took no chances and vetoed it Wednesday. The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation.But in the end, fearmongering and bullying won out. Brewer had been through this insanity before when her state wanted to crack down on illegal aliens in Arizona. In that case, Arizona was "anti-immigrant" according to the fountains of misinformation in the Obama/Democrat Lapdog Media. As radical homosexuals did with SB 1062, the illegal alien apologists encouraged the bullying of Arizona by boycotting businesses, or doing business in the state.
For The New York Times editorial board, the bill was “A License to Discriminate.” It constituted “the legalizing of anti-gay prejudice,” according to a piece in U.S.News & World Report. It was, Salon scoffed, “cartoonishly bigoted.” A reference to Jim Crow was obligatory in any discussion of the bill on cable TV.
Regardless of how you thought about the bill, the way in which Brewer vetoed it smacked of intimidation, after threats by the NFL to not play the Super Bowl in the state. This is what I am bothered by. That and the willful bullying of people of faith into compelling them into doing something against their faith. This tactic of bullying by the Left and their special interest groups, most of whom claim to oppose bullying, has been all too common during the era of Hope and Change.
Witness in 2008 in liberal California after Prop 8 passed that limited marriage between a man and a woman. Businesses, even private citizens (as well as the Mormons) who supported the amendment were targeted in a bullying campaign by radical gay activists. Live and Let Live was no longer an operative term. You have to support their cause or else your livelyhood is threatened.
It didn't end there. Rush Limbaugh dropped a bid to own a football team after the oh-so "tolerant" NFL was bullied by liberals who even made up false quotes they attributed to the talk host. A couple of years later, he was targeted again, as radical leftists like Media Mutters mounted a campaign against his advertisers and musicians whose music appeared as bumper music.
It's not just their activist arms. Democrat lawmakers and the President (who has lectured the nation on "civility" as well as his 2012 opponent about representing the entire nation) are willing to bully those of us who oppose big-government socialism and the encroachment on liberty.
When the government shutdown over funding for the failed Obamacare scheme occurred last October, the Obama Regime went out of their way to make life hard for citizens to visit national monuments, including war veterans from visiting war memorials, in addition to bullying Tea Party legislators as "hostage takers" or "suicide bombers." We've seen how The Regime has allowed the bullying of Tea Party or religious non-profit groups by the IRS, with Democrats (who ten years ago lectured the nation about how "dissent was patriotic") urging the IRS to keep up this attack on political opponents.
More recently, a Democrat Senate candidate wanted to legally bully a cancer patient who appeared in anti-Obamacare ads. Add to that the disgraceful "Dingy" Harry Reid attacking this cancer patient...a private citizen...on the floor of the US Senate as a liar and people who run these ads as "unAmerican."
I would call Harry Reid unAmerican, but for a corrupt scumbag like him who wanted our troops in Iraq defeated back in 2007, that would be a compliment. Instead, Reid showed just how much he lacks a coinscience, or any form of human decency. He, Obama, the entire elected Democrat Party and their activists don't represent all of America, just the special interest groups whom they can pit against other groups of Americans in order to get more control over our lives by scaring them the gravy train will end, or they'll be "put back in chains" or refused service at the lunch counter.
What is this but a kind of fascism, all done in the name of "tolerance," "equality," or "progress." Is this the kind of America we want to live in or pass down to our children, where a thugocracy rules public opinion by the threat of financial ruin?
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