SB 1062 Protesters Denounce So-Called "Religious Freedom Bill," Video by Dennis Gilman

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Check out this awesome new video from Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman, catching some of the action from a demonstration at the state Capitol, where protesters denounced the Arizona GOP's asinine "religious freedom" bill, aka Senate Bill 1062.

That bill would allow business people to discriminate against the LGBT community, and in reality, just about anyone, as long as they can justify it with religion.

Essentially, SB 1062 is SB 1070 for gays.


Kudos to Dennis Gilman for this great new video on the GOP's pro-bigotry bill

Just like when 1070 was sitting on Governor Jan Brewer's desk in 2010, the talk of boycotts and money leaving the state has already begun.

The difference? Brewer is not up for re-election this year (no matter what anyone, including Brewer, says), and Brewer signed 1070 for one reason four years ago: to ensure her win, both in the GOP primary and in the general election.

This bill is so stupid on so many levels: morally, economically, legally, politically, you name it.

But if Brewer signs this legislation, the Arizona Republican Party ultimately will suffer, big time. Brewer will be giving Dems an issue with which to rally their base and get people to the polls this November.

Moreover, such blatant discrimination will encourage those in the LGBT community nationwide to focus their efforts and their donations on Arizona.

The 2008 Arizona gay-marriage ban was another thing altogether, particularly since Arizona law already prevented same-sex unions.

This bill's language is broad and sets Arizona on a deliberate, backward path, further stigmatizing a state that's regular fodder for comedians and talk show hosts.

Sure, I hope Brewer does the right thing.

But if she doesn't, it's going to be fun watching Republicans deal with this albatross once they get past their primaries, the one place this sort of bigotry plays.

Also, check out those signs in the video, the ones that say, "Goodbye Super Bowl," and "Goodbye Google."

Chew on that possibility, Republicans.

Then tell your governor to sign away....

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Muyska Santa Fe
Muyska Santa Fe

Former Star Trek actor George Takei: If the "turn away the gay" bill becomes law, be ready to face the fire, Arizona

nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

Arizona -- setting back civil rights one century at a time.

Julie Dean
Julie Dean

Jasmine Dean look at the post right above yours...

Sissy
Sissy

These law makers stand up in front of the American flag at all hearings of these bills and swear the pledge of allegance to this great America, saying under God with liberty and justice for all. These politicians are old and frightened. They had the best of times on this Earh They have no idea what is coming. Welcome to the new age you ol Geezers who will need these beautiful young people changing your diapers. BE KIND FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!      AND lets mention the jacked up food we all eat. Pumping hormones into animals to feed us ALL must have something to do with our growth and PH.

Sissy
Sissy

These law makers stand up in front of the American flag at all hearings of these bills and swear the pledge of allegance to this great America, saying under God with liberty and justice for all. These politicians are old and frightened. They had the best of times on this Earh They have no idea what is coming. Welcome to the new age you ol Geezers who will need these beautiful young people changing our diapers. BE KIND FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!      AND lets mention the fucked up food we all eat. Pumping hormones into animals to feed us ALL must have something to do with our growth and PH.

Sissy
Sissy

These law makers stand up in front of the American flag at all hearings of these bills and swear the pledge of allegance to this great America, saying under God with liberty and justice for all. These politicians are old and frightened. They had the best of times on this Earh They have no idea what is coming. Welcome to the new age you ol Geezers who will need these beautiful young people changing our diapers. BE KIND FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!

Andi Gonzalez
Andi Gonzalez

Why can't we be a state known for its awesome mental health care, or excellent school programs. Why does this state devote so much energy, resources to such a wasteful effort which serves no one, especially our under employed state!

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Religion and Hatred have no place in Politics. It's time to vote out these extremists that are running this state to the ground.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Huffingtonpost reports that Jan is "ambivalent" about signing the bill. If she vetoes it, who's gonna bellow like a wounded buffalo? Repubs in the legislature went to a lot of trouble to mark up the bill and pass it. Someone is bound to be very unhappy if it's vetoed. Did everyone see the stupid cow who spoke in favor of the bill on Fox 10?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I seriously wonder if the fruit loops from Westboro Baptist Church was behind this bullshit... trust me I'm being mild when I use the term fruit loops.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I can already see how much damage this bill will do if it becomes law.

GED Jan better veto this bill. Then shred it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Desert Racist Wasteland vying hard to become The Hate State.



wrp136
wrp136

Sign in Phoenix bakery...."We are Christians....We do not serve amputees because Leviticus teaches they are blemished in the eyes of God and we must follow our Bible....This policy includes Veterans...NO EXCEPTIONS!! (Note; we will continue to serve our divorced clients, felons and child rapists, but only during hours of darkness....Please use the alley entrance)"

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

If this bill passes, what all business owners need to do is refuse service to any elected official in Arizona that voted for it for religious beliefs.

I'm sure there's something in every religion that stops them from serving the dumbass politicians that run this backward State.

wompasmack
wompasmack

We have now created a culture of lust in which lust has been exalted to almost religious status in that any suggestion of self-restraint is met with epithets like "homophobe," "bigot," "prude," "right-wing nut job," etc. The politicization of language, which is really the perversion of language, has brought us to the debauched idea that sexual lust, in all of its manifestations, is a civil right and must be protected at all costs. The result has been that mental illness is now plague on the nation, where 1 in every 5 adults now take psychiatric medication. Gender confusion and homosexuality are increasing, more money is spent on pornography than on military defense, women are being brought into sexual slavery and trafficking at alarming rates, marriages are failing faster and in greater numbers than ever before, infanticide has been euphemistically re-cast as a woman's right to choose, many more children are being raised in single parent homes, schools, which have been drastically dumbed down, are still failing, boys are  being feminized and are facing even more academic jeopardy than girls, and the list goes on. Nobody finds it strange that we should control our anger, our jealousy, and God forbid that we would give free reign to our appetites for junk food, but any restraint put on lust is distinctly verboten! Freudians somehow convinced us that sexual restraint is sexual repression and not good for us, ideas of which have been made a compete mockery by our social and civil milieu. When I was growing up, people controlled their lust for the sake of others, knowing that our lusts can and will destroy us. Men and women also knew that the marriage bed insured the most satisfying, most long lasting sexual fulfillment and provided a strong foundation for a healthy nation. We were less impulsive and were wise enough to take the long view of things rather than the titillation of the moment. Now we behave like animals who can no longer think but live to satisfy our most base desires whenever and however we damned well please. So when Arizonans decide that they no longer want to participate in the deterioration of our country, they are viewed with hatred and disdain.

Jukes
Jukes

@ConcernedCitizenAZ You know you're in trouble even with conservatives when the Chamber of Commerce is against you.  LOL. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  Their inbred kids in AZ (Cathy Herrord and CAP) are the driving force of this crap...

Electrica
Electrica

@DonkeyHotay  Don't gay people pay taxes here? Are gay soldiers that fought in a phony war going to be punished? And for god's sake there must be a few politicians with a soul somewhere in this state. Who in the holy hell would come up with crap like this.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay    What a shit-heel.  It takes a lot of class to sit in Colorado and criticize another state.   

Electrica
Electrica

@wrp136  Are you talking about ABC Bakery? A hate bakery that hates everybody equally! It's so Scottsdale. A bakery built on fakery that carries out the hate mission of the city. Then actually expects people to come here and pay money and enjoy the place.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz  ABC15 showed a sign on the news that read "we reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators"    pretty funny

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@wompasmack  Arizona IS participating in the deterioration of our country, we are just letting our elected representatives pick and choose what we are contributing to the deterioration. we are going to tell people they cant live a alternative lifestyle because it is immoral or wrong, yet we are also having them try to block things like having information that could establish someones innocence released..........because it would make them look bad after convicting someone. that would also be immoral and wrong and contribute to the deterioration of our country and its system.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter


@wompasmack   Well mack, your dissertation may not be spot on target on the article, but I agree with much of what you say and certainly support your right to say it.  

I am definitely not religious.  However, I am a student of psychology and much of what you say rings true.  

I think that hedonism has indeed invaded our society and has thus deteriorated it.

Entitlement mentality,  obesity, indifference to fellow man, 'me, me, me' mindset, lack of education, crime, deterioration of traditional marriage, epidemic of single parenthood are all manifestations of that hedonism.   

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@wompasmack  

None of your concerns addresses the question of sexual orientation, or why the law must protect a business's right to discriminate based upon it.

Sexual orientation is not "lust".

It's that sort of confusion that leads to the passage of stupid laws.


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@wompasmack  You need to move to Russia, or a country that uses Sharia law.  You'd be much happier there.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows good luck on that one  i think BevMo just had a big sale.......................Jan might be out for the count

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Electrica " Are gay soldiers that fought in a phony war going to be punished?"


Insha'allah!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Electrica @wrp136     Dang tricia, there is certainly much hate in your life.  Perhaps some introspection is in order.  

Electrica
Electrica

@DonkeyHotay @Electrica  Double punished if they visit Phoenix. All soldiers from the USA had to fight a phony war. A war made on false pretenses. All soldiers are being punished by Republicans who started this false war because they are cutting the funds to all soldiers. Some gay soldiers(so I've heard), have been stripped of their medals because they discovered they were gay. Now Phoenix lawmakers want to hate all gay people. HATE. HATE. HATE. START A NEW WAR FOR MONEY. THEN HATE. HATE. HATE.

david_saint01
david_saint01

@fishingblues @robert_grahamcracker  i do.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker @fishingblues    Wow, a phony armchair psychologist.  Fucking fraud.  It is not just your name that is a fraud.  You are as phony as a three dollar bill.   Illiterate, illicit, illogical, idiotic piece of shit that you are.  If teabagging bothers you, tell your boyfriend to quit.  

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@WhoKnows @fishingblues @DonkeyHotay  You are kidding right???


I mean we all know why the only place you will ever find JAFfy is behind someone, preferably someone young (look at his web site registrations)....


Young enough to not be able to fight him off....

Electrica
Electrica

@fishingblues @Electrica @wrp136  I've met some true Christians. They are extraordinary individuals. And not  a one of the real bona-fide Christians that I've ever met embraced hatred. Not a one. I think we can all agree that there are these pseudo Christians. It's very evident that powerful people slip into personas where they have the best power to manipulate the masses and pray on their fears. Real Christians don't hate-- they help. Now here come the Republican politicians who voted on this wretched bill screaming up to Brewer to veto this. Well boys...you just handed Brewer your balls on a plate. Squeeze Jan...squeeze hard.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @danzigsdaddy                                         Wow donkey boy, did you look up 'Democracy'  to see what it was or are you simply guessing again?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@david_saint01   Typical liberal, you don't see any fault, shit-slinging, moronic comment or anything negative coming from yourself.  Another elitist asshole.  

Your opinion means absolutely nothing to me.  You are nothing but a whiny little loony liberal.  You had better save that tissue for yourself.  Liberals are the ones that operate on pure emotion.  You no doubt have a good cry daily.  

david_saint01
david_saint01

@fishingblues @david_saint01  ps I dont mind differing opinions, but if all you have is to attack people, then like bobbi graham you can GTFO. Many of us having been commenting here for years without qualms, until you and bobbi showed up. I think i speak for most when i say, we would just rather you crawled back under your rock and stayed there. If you have intellectual comments to make that add to the debate/convo, by all means please share. But drop the shit talking. It makes you look childish, and doesnt lend you any credibility..in fact it severely hurts it. 

david_saint01
david_saint01

@fishingblues @david_saint01  LMAO you think you're pretty tough dont you cupcake? I hate to break it to you..you aren't. You're nothing more than a cream puff that talks shit while hiding behind a monitor. You never bring forth anything of value intellectually, and seem to relish in your role as the 2nd place finisher in asshole of the year. lol are you trying to over take bobbie graham or something? as to your comment. I'm referring to the right wing parties, and it was a general statement that apparently struck a nerve with you. I'm sorry it hurt, here's a tissue for your tears 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@david_saint01   What a stupid fucker.  Who is claiming to be the "party of freedom"?  And which party might that be?  

And I thought the donkey boy was dumber than a frozen turd.  You've got him/her/it beat.  You little twink. 

david_saint01
david_saint01

@fishingblues @WhoKnows @wompasmack  hypocritical? hypocritical is claiming you are the party of "freedom", while the right wing works feverishly to remove the rights of anyone who they dont agree with! But continue on thinking you are always right, while ignoring the obvious reality

Electrica
Electrica

@fishingblues @WhoKnows @wompasmack  Womp, you should watch a movie titled, "Boy In The Striped Pajamas." Stop engineering hatred. Stop teaching children hatred. That is the sin of the right.

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