Cathi Herrod's Center for Arizona Policy Hates Gays, Abortions, and Likes to Tell Politicians What to Do

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Days after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on a business owner's "sincerely held" religious beliefs, Cathi Herrod retreated to the studio of a friendly TV talking head: fellow conservative, former pastor, and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

The theme of that episode of the Fox News show Huckabee might have been summed up as, "What's all the fuss about?"

Huckabee compared the bill's language with that of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton to set a high bar for the government's ability to burden the free exercise of religion.

For example, the RFRA is one reason Native Americans aren't prohibited from using the hallucinogenic plant peyote in religious ceremonies.

Arizona passed its own version of the RFRA in 1999, Huckabee explained, and what Herrod's Center for Arizona Policy proposed with 1062 was a "very relative minor change to a bill that was non-controversial in 1999, [and] 1993 at the federal level."

The bill would've allowed a kosher deli to refuse to cater an event with bacon-wrapped shrimp, Huckabee claimed. Though how a customer would compel any business against its will to serve bacon-wrapped shrimp is perhaps known only to the Fox host.

Of course, Herrod agreed, claiming an unnamed "small minority" was able to make hay out of it.

"The [governor's] veto was really for a bill that didn't exist," Herrod told Huckabee in her lisping, child-like voice.

The law would have protected businesses from having to "forgo their religious beliefs" in the marketplace: Like the baker who didn't want to make a cake for a gay wedding or, as in a famous New Mexico case, a photographer who didn't want to shoot a same-sex wedding.

Never discussed was that New Mexico has a law protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from discrimination, though Arizona doesn't.

Discrimination against gays in Arizona is legal, except in cities such as Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson, which have adopted ordinances protecting LGBT people.

Significantly, Herrod also mentioned the Hobby Lobby chain as a company that would be affected.

Three weeks after Brewer's veto, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases dealing with the same issues as 1062, one of them involving Hobby Lobby's Christian owners, who object to providing certain types of birth control under the Affordable Care Act because they believe that such forms of birth control induce abortions.

Since Herrod's appearance on Huckabee, Salon.com has reported that the Center for Arizona Policy received generous donations from a foundation backed by Hobby Lobby's owners.

Huckabee didn't inquire about a pecuniary motive for Herrod. However, he did ask if Herrod was a homophobe, a hater. Did she want to see people "destroyed or discriminated against"?

No on all counts, Herrod replied, rarely blinking her wide-open eyes. She just wanted all Americans, "whether you have faith or no faith," to be able to "live out our convictions."

This indirect reply to Huckabee's question was disingenuous. In fact, the Center for Arizona Policy is a throwback to Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority. It's a juggernaut of theocracy, intent on imposing its beliefs on public policy and making Republican politicians in Arizona march in lockstep with CAP's war on gays, women, pornography, and public education.

Herrod's organization does this by combining political power with religious zealotry, perpetual lobbying, and successful fundraising efforts that put nearly $2 million in its kitty in 2011.

A network of churches and church-goers at CAP's beck and call also helps, as does the group's genius for messaging, which turns religious bigotry into religious liberty and a constant battle against abortion into a concern for women's health.

SB 1062 revealed the chinks in CAP's armor and created fresh wounds. But history and the underlying political reality of Arizona argues against the group's political demise.


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wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

CAP has tax exempt status as a religious education organization when in fact they are a lobbying committee and a political action committee. Many complaints have been filed with the IRS. They are also trying to expand their tax exemptions to include write offs of real property used in the furthering of their extremist agendas. The only way I can think of to stop them is to vote her puppets out of office. The power they have is through influencing our elected officials. Put free thinking individuals who won't open their door to her and her ilk into office and they no longer have the power to shape our political landscape. Independents MUST step up to the plate and request a Republican primary ballot and vote for the candidates who have NOT sold out to CAP and the extreme right. You can request the ballot starting July 31 and I hope The Feathered B will assist us by posting some lists here during early August.  Can you do that for us Stephen?

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Cathie Herrod is a sanctimonious bitch who needs to stay out of my bedroom, out of my womb, out of my relationships, out of my faith and out of my family values. I have never seen her name on a ballot and have never voted for her and never would so I don't understand how she and her slimey worms have so much access to our law-makers. Independents MUST take the responsibility to request an (R) ballot on July 31 and VOTE OUT THE COWARDS who open their door to this c#nt.

bill.morris
bill.morris

Ms. Herrod reminds me of the religious zealots who act in word and deed as if Christianity is under attack in the United States when only 4% of the population lists their religion as "other than Christianity", I'm reminded of the 1959 movie "The Mouse That Roared" where the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, all 15 square miles of it, with an army consisting of 20 bowmen defeates the United States. That was fiction as is Ms. Herrod attempts to portray the LBGT community as warranting exclusion from Arizona daily life in their pursuit of happiness as they define happiness not as she defines happiness. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

She has the right to her opinion even though you may not like what she has to say.

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Wow, Ten Bears. You seem to be obsessed with sex. I know quite a few gay people and have never felt threatened by them. You were sold a violent, repressive religion and are making your own hell on earth. I hope you get help, or legal recourse if you were a victim. The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for, but justice will prevail if you are specific in your complaints.

Jukes
Jukes

I hope rich conservatives keep giving Herrod money.  And I hope the Republicans nominate her choice for president in 2016.  The reaction will be the same as it was to SB1062.  Thinking people will have a real incentive to go to the polls and choose, as our Founders did, the idea that this nation is not a theocracy and evangelical beliefs should not be codified.  As they say on the Daily Kos, "You can't fix stupid.  You have to outnumber stupid." 

dtmac
dtmac

Cathi Herod and the CAP are the Arizona chapter of the Westboro Baptist church. Fred Phelps is alive and well and living in Herod's twisted mind.

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

Religious organizations like CAP are dangerous. Too much political clout. They need to be stopped before their Gestapo tactics strip away your rights simply because you don't toe the line to their agenda. Wake up Arizona!

DGAZ
DGAZ

She kind of looks like Kitty Forman from That 70s Show with a bad haircut.

Andrew Joe
Andrew Joe

She's ignorant, and clearly the commenter "Ten Bears" has some fetish for children lol, the ideas expressed through progressive social legislation demonstrates the growing intelligence of the community, not to take away from religion and it's moral basis but rather is an extension of the growing human experience, ignorance is bliss but intelligence is power, and power to the people

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

gays arent gay ie happy they carry a death sentence to themselves and all who allow them audience; biblical. It says in 2 cor 6 17 18 to separate yourselves from them make them low that they repent! ARE YOU GOING TO ALSO RECEIVE THE DEATH SENTENCE GOD ORDAINED TO THE HOMOSEXUALS? MY GUES IS U WILL! HERES WHAT YOU DONT CONSIDER WHEN YOU SUPPORT HOMOSEXUAL DEVIATES: YOUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, IN GYM CLASS HAVE TO TAKE SHOWERS IN FRONT OF THESE DEMENTED FUCKS, WAIT WATCHING OOGLING YOUR SONS ASS WAITING FOR HIS OR HER MOMENT TO TRY A SATANS ATTEMPT TO FUCK YOUR SONS ASS! NO? CATHOLIC PRIESTS DID IT! WHAT DO YOU THINK HOMOS ARE? PREDATORS! 1 RECENTLY TOLD ME WHY SHE DOES THE DYKE THING, HERE ARE HER WORDS, "TOO MANY GIRLS TO DO, TOO LITTLE TIME" IS THAT A NORMAL PERSON TALKING OR SATAN CONDEMNING THE INNOCENT? IF YOUR CHILDRENS NORMALCY AND SAFETY IS OF NO CONCERN WHY THEN HAVE YOU WHO LIKE HOMOS ALLOW THEM TO HAVE GUNS AS TEACHERS OVER YOUR CHILDREN WHO SIMPLY WISH TO KNOW NORMALCY? IF YOU THINK THEY WILL TELL ON THEIR TEACHERS NOW; WAIT TILL THEY ARE INTIMIDATED BY A DEVIATE HOMOSEXUAL TEACHER, LUSTING AFTER YOUR SONS OR DAUGHTERS, ARMED TO THE TEETH! YOU ALL ARE BLIND TO SATANS CHANTS AND WAYS! HOMOSEXUALS ARE DEMENTED! NOONE IS BORN WITH A DICK IN THEIR MOUTH SOMEONE COAXED THEM INTO "EXPERIMENTING" SATAN DID! WHEN YOUR CHILD COMES HOME WITH BLOOD IN THEIR UNDERWEAR OR DOESNT DEVELOPE A NORMAL VIEW OF SEXUALITY SOMEONE TAINTED THEM! EXAMPLE: THIS TEACHER, A DYKE, COERCED A STUDENT INTO LEWD HOMOSEXUAL ACTS GOT BUSTED! CONVERSELY, A GUY IN POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN, GOT BUSTED ALSO! GUESS WHO GETS 30 YEARS THE ONE LOOKING AT PHOTOS OR THE ONE WHO DISTURBED AS SHE IS HAD ACTUAL CONTACT WITH ONE OF HER UNDERAGE STUDENTS IE STATUTORY RAPE? THE PERVERT? OH YES THEY BOTH ARE! THE GUY GOT 30 YEARS FOR PHOTOS AND THE DYKE THAT ACTUALLY COMMITTED FULL CONTACT WITH A MINOR GOT JUST 3 YEARS OUT IN 18 MONTHS TO LURE UNDERAGE GIRLS INTO DEMENTED HOMOSEXUAL CUNT LICKING! ATROCIOUS!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

This organization needs to be shut down.

shadeaux
shadeaux

Now if only Arizona were populated by Americans instead of lemmings.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Sounds like all this could have been avoided if Cathi Herrod would have been aborted at 6 weeks.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Trent Franks and Cathi Herrod. I really believe in religion now, I have to, because my hell would be listening to those two theocratic nincompoops talking to Sean Hannity for eternity.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

In other news, who's gonna be on hand in Phoenix to see the Fetid Fossil of MCSO get his ass handed to him (yet again) by Judge Snow? (keep in mind this is the second ass whipping the old man's gotten from Snow in barely 2 1/2 weeks... maybe Judge Snow will take the old man over his knee or with the belt... either way, it promises to be good.)

soulalibi
soulalibi

If she was successful in her sordid attempts to legalize blatant acts of discrimination against the gay community, as well as limiting women's basic rights. There is no shred of doubt, that she will commit a blitzkrieg attack on the non-white American community. This is very reminiscent to Russia's violent incursions on neighboring states. It starts with the weaker group before she advances towards a larger group. She must be stopped before she and her CAPs becomes a threat to our personal American security.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

This woman should be arrested and tried for treason.  Her open attempts to BUY the legislature is clear attempts to corrupt the government.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

She fits right in with the rest of the I Hate Everything if it isn't my way Republican NUTCASES in Arizona.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

People like this witch are what gives republicans and the religious right a bad name... a deserved bad name.


Too bad the noncrazy of both the Republican and Religious Right won't stand up to her... tells me they really like her, regardless of what they say in public... she's good for them to have around.. a convenient scapegoat for when society calls them out for the crazy and their support of the crazy


wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@bill.morris  You are correct sir. She is lacking critical thinking skills and is focused on her own fears. I think she needs a weekend with Rosie, Ellen and Chad...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So Robert, what do you have to say about your hero's second public ass whipping by Judge Snow in as many weeks?

This judge has Arpaio's balls in a vice grip and there's nothing you can do about it.

etaoin_shrdlu
etaoin_shrdlu

@robert_graham  Yes! Every bigot has a right to their opinion. And the rest of us have a right to call them out on their bigotry, and shame and humiliate them as the bigots that they are!


Pretty good deal, huh?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jukes  Anyone who bothers to read the Daily Kos (aka:  the George Soros propaganda machine) has their head in the nether regions.  I wonder, do you bother to wipe?  

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@Cozz  would "like" that comment a dozen times if I could...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

Treason is defined as providing aid or comfort to an enemy during wartime (think Benedict Arnold here)

 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@WhoKnows

The SCOTUS just set the record straight! Buying politicians is the rule of the land now! What a wonderful kind of "Democracy"!

teknik
teknik

@WhoKnows  didn't you hear buying the government is protected free speech!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@Flyer9753  

As you know Flyer, I try to incorporate President Theodore Roosevelt (our nations 26th President, our nation's youngest president, and a Republican) as well as Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues... 

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  BTW, have you seen the Aubuchon whine over on Snorin Alliance? Very funny until you consider the fact that the Tin Foil Hat crowd actually believe that bull.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  As my name implies, I have no idea. LOL Actually, just been too busy to fight for computer time lately and tired of Jaffy' idiocy. But I have been reading and keeping up. Posting using my Kindle now which is kind of slow. 

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

That was supposed to be Rosie, Ellen and Chaz. Damned auto-correct...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@DPSnAZ @WhoKnows 

This has to be one of the WORST decisions to come from the SCOTUS. 

The absolute worst was the 1857 Dred Scott decision....

The second worst was Citizens United....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@teknik @WhoKnows 

Buying the government? Only if you're Mark Zuckerberg or Donald Trump... They're rich enough to buy anyone they want. 

The rest of us slave away in our little sweat shops (called our jobs, if we're lucky enough to have one. I have 2)so that maybe we can have a little money in the bank. 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 @Flyer9753  Please do not misunderstand me, I have zero problem with actual republicans... I wish there were more of them like you and Danzig.... or at least if there are, that they would find their voices like you to have and do.


Unfortunately it seems like the ones doing the talking and voting in the Republican party, are not the real republicans... at least IMHO

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  I hope the rumors are correct. They don't seem able to accept the truth of their misdeeds and move on. They just keep lying... and lying... and lying...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO wherewasi if only those people knew what I know about Candy Andy and the Miscreants.....

They're lucky I didn't approach Judge O'Neil, the State Bar of Arizona, and the Arizona Supreme Court with what I know.

And i've been hearing rumors that Holder is personally reopening the federal case against them.

Plus Rachel still thinks i'm the reincarnation of Jim Morrison.... (circa 1967 of course :))

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Nope. I'll check it out though for shits and giggles.

car_del99
car_del99

@MaskedMagician1967  In Az. you don't have to be rich to buy legislators..They are cheap..

On special days you can get 2 for the price of one...

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  1000% agree!!!


It's funny, I was talking to a TTard the other day and he was so Franklin this and Franklin that... founding fathers this and founding fathers that... and yet per his own admission he could not name all of the founding fathers and the only quote of Franklins (or any other founder) that he knew was the one about essential liberty and even got it wrong.


But these are the people who are fighting for what our Founding Fathers wanted for this country...


He didn't like it much when I started laughing in his face... :)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

No misunderstanding Flyer :)

I just think today's Republicans need to look to a true leader like TR and stop listening to the fruitcakes known as the Tea Party (BTW, those twits don't know or understand the true meaning behind the Boston Tea Party).

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