Guest Opinion by Anonymous (for obvious reasons)
Kudos to you. But you had better be prepared for a whole lot of hatred coming your way from the hypocritical left. They have a real habit of telling you to be tolerant while telling you to die. As the public face of support for SB1062, Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill, State Senator Al Melvin’s Facebook page was deluged with vile comments. We don’t have space for all of them, but here are some excellent examples of what passes for political discourse and tolerance on the left these days:
Some folks just want to blame the Mormons… Like Kay here. She is a former member of the church who thinks it is a cult. Of course, Kay also thinks the majority of GOP legislators are LDS, and she intends to make sure that everyone knows that.
Shane wouldn’t blame the Mormons, because he likely considers it narrow-minded to blame just one group of Christians when you can blame ALL of the Christians.
Jett seems less upset at organized religion and more upset at the Bible itself. A lot more upset.
Bart here is apparently still smarting from losing his job as a nutrition counselor. In fairness Bart, we’re pretty sure that’s not the 5-A-Day plan most people think about.
Ciaran was in a bit of a hurry, so we just get the short and sweet from Ciaran. It gets weird when Ciaran seems to have some inside knowledge though. First you want him to die, then you celebrate that he’s almost dead? Does Ciaran know something we don’t know?
Comparatively speaking, David here is one of the good guys. He doesn’t want Melvin dead, but he’s liking the idea of tracking down a State Senator and beating him, you know, “for good measure”?
James wants lots of people to die, so it isn’t personal, okay Senator Melvin? We mean, he does want you to die, but he also wants lots of other people to die.
Richard seemed like a pretty good example of the basic profanity laced “I wish you were dead” comment. Not exactly Lincoln-Douglas, but we’re sure he’s doing the best he can with what he has.
And what would a leftist outburst be without invoking a Nazi reference or two? Gary, what’s with that profile picture though? Seriously?
Chris Thomas has anger issues. He isn’t alone in that. Melvin’s campaign says they’ve deleted “probably two hundred” posts that were not what we’d call family friendly. But Chris seemed to be one of the more inspired authors of hate-filled rants. And oddly, Chris is very pro-Common Core, which ought to have been a completely different debate. Looks like Chris doesn’t like Melvin’s position against Common Core either. Show of hands here, do you agree with Chris’ assertion that he is “apart of the human race?”
Remarkably, it looks like part of Melvin’s team actually took the time to respond to this guy. They probably didn’t make that effort twice. Chris is not pleased. Now Chris wants Melvin’s people dead. Also, Chris would like to add his voice to those who do not like the bible. We know, you’re shocked.
Chris and Kay ought to talk. Chris doesn’t like Mormons either. He wants them to die. Graphically. In fact, he’s already decided how he wants them to die. We think we speak for civilized society at large when we say we’re glad Chris doesn’t have it his way?
Looks like Melvin’s campaign started deleting Chris’ comments. Well OF COURSE they did! We’d recommend not just deleting them, but using the BAN feature offered by Facebook. Apparently they didn’t go that route, because Chris is back and he wants Al Melvin DEAD, weirdly enough, with the bullet that hit Gabby Giffords. Although he’ll apparently settle for a .357 round.
The statement we received from Melvin’s campaign was relatively patient, considering. They said “Al’s been at this a long time. He has voted for Constitutional Carry, protecting marriage, SB1070, and the list goes on. So this isn’t the first time he has taken a stand on an important issue. Receiving hate from people who disagree with you is saddening but not surprising. Comments usually fall into four groups: People who agree with you or thank you. People who disagree with you and want to debate the idea. People who just want to call names without adding anything to the debate. And the really ugly folks who flat out hate you and tend to lost control of their thoughts and emotions in their haste to express their hate. The third and fourth groups are just best deleted, otherwise they obscure any rational debate that might actually occur, and they tend to drive away the decent people who may agree or disagree with you.”
Point taken. And if it makes our blog readers feel better, Chris Thomas, like most of the folks captured in this post, isn’t even from Arizona. That makes us feel a bit better, even if now we have to feel sorry for Chesapeake, Virginia!
“It’s ironic that more than twenty years after the MLK controversy, the State of Arizona is once again thrust into the spotlight with its national reputation and perhaps a Super Bowl at stake. What is often underreported in the wake of the maelstrom from two decades ago is the fact that Arizona did the right thing. In reality, Arizona is the only state in the union to have a voter approved MLK holiday.
“Governor Brewer’s deliberative process is the hallmark of her leadership. From righting the fiscal ship to restoring the will of the voters to protect the most vulnerable, her leadership has proven time and again to yield thoughtful and positive results. I know that she’ll do the right thing for the State of Arizona.”
“Worsley co-sponsors SB 1062, votes for it, campaigns on it, and then calls on the governor to veto it.”
(Mesa, AZ) Earlier this week, in a flip-flop that only John Kerry could love, State Senator Bob Worsley urged Governor Brewer to veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (aka SB1062) after not only voting for the legislation, but also co-sponsoring and touting the legislation on the campaign trail.
“This epic flip-flop says a lot about what kind of politician Bob Worsley is,” saidHeap for State Senate spokesman Dan Caldwell. “Instead of taking the time to understand the legislation and make an informed vote, Worsley instead tried to make a political decision to curry favor with conservatives only to flip-flop and call for the veto of a bill he co-sponsored when serious opposition emerged.
“It begs the obvious question,” continued Caldwell, “does Bob Worsley even bother to read legislation he sponsors? Or does he just throw his name onto bills that he thinks will benefit him politically in his next election without any real consideration about what the legislation will actually do?
“The voters of Legislative District 25 deserve better,” concluded Caldwell. “They deserve a State Senator who is willing to take a principled stand on important issues – not a state senator whose principles are completely dependent on which way the political winds are blowing.”
By Bill Beard
Politically it would seem that for the vast majority of folks in Arizona the signing of SB 1062 will lead to a lot of trouble. Every day that Governor Brewer waits to sign or veto this bill only prolongs the agony and entrenches all sides against each other. We still have an economy on shaky ground. Unfortunately the only winners in this will be attorneys for both sides that will rake in the big bucks. The other winner would appear to be the discrimination lobby consultants that will be able to squeeze out more dollars to muddy the water and further antagonize all sides.
Those ‘for’ the bill are well intentioned. The political wisdom of dragging the rest of us into this isn’t clear. The average outside observer could have seen this coming. In an attempt to secure Religious Freedom they have set things on a course where reputations will be damaged and leave the taxpayers hurting. The average guy and gal that earns a living related to tourism for business or pleasure will see smaller paychecks. I’m not exactly sure who would be against Religious Freedom but this approach seems doomed. A better alternative to alleviating the possibility of someone suing a business owner for discrimination because they don’t like gays or pick your cause du jour would have been a simple Tort Reform bill that allowed the marketplace to decide the wisdom of anyone denying anyone else the ability to do business. The court system does not need to be involved.
Politically this issue has gone beyond the intent of the supporters. At this point it will only be a loser for folks running for office this year. Forget any merits of the bill. If you have an R after your name you will have to address this in your campaign. Whether you run for Dog Catcher or Governor this issue will come up. Regardless of the real issues of your campaign you will need to take time to explain your position on the bill. Why you agree or disagree with the intent, the politics or the inevitable lawsuits. When the average citizen is more concerned with their personal economy your campaign will spend valuable time addressing this issue.
The average guy out there will not see this as a Religious Liberty issue. For them it will further separate them from their elected representatives. It will only add to the idea that the representatives just don’t get what’s going on in their lives. They struggle daily with paying bills, feeding the kids or trying to figure out where the money will come from to pay for the broken washing machine or car repair. They will get stuck with the bill for the attorneys, the bill for the loss of their representatives focus on keeping the economy moving forward and the bill for time defending what their leaders have done to their friends and family in the rest of the country. So much for of, by and for the people.
Reposted from The Playful Walrus
Have you heard about the legislation recently passed by the Arizona legislature? Have you heard that it is “anti-gay”? Do you know the name of the legislation? Have you even bothered to read it? It’s not very long or hard to find. I easily found it here. It is SB 1062.
The way the marriage neutering and homosexuality advocates have been engaging in their dramatic whining and over-the-top theatrics, and the way so many of their repeaters in the MSM have called it “anti-gay”, you’d think the legislation authorizes people to hunt down homosexual people where they live and burn down their homes.
Go ahead and search through the text.
You won’t find one mention of any of the following words or phrases:
You won’t find euphemisms for those words or phrases, either.
What you will find is that the core language of the legislation is:
“STATE ACTION shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion…”
However, there are some very important and sizable exceptions:
“In furtherance of a compelling governmental interest.”
“The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
More core language:
“A person whose religious exercise is burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding…”
Again, there are some very important and sizable exceptions.
What is the big deal?
This seems to me like this is an application basic rights – rights specifically enumerated in the First Amendment.
If we consider this on the context of recent government actions, then this would appear to be a reaction to recent cases involving bakers and photographers who have opted out of participation in events that have offended their consciences and sincerely and strongly held religious convictions that have a long, public, mainstream, and widespread tradition can be informed by a basic reading of Scripture. These businesspeople have been sued or prosecuted by their own government. These situations have also been misportrayed as the someone “refusing to serve gay people”. I recall that one baker in particular had gladly served the homosexual people in question on different occasions. It was only when the baker was asked to participate in a specific event, a same-sex “wedding” ceremony, that the baker declined. Still, some people might insist that such a denial was “anti-gay”. However, I can demonstrate that it wasn’t. The same baker would have refused if two heterosexual women had asked for the baker to participate in their “wedding”.
Notice that the legislation does not mention such professions or events. The legislation could apply to many other things that have nothing to do with what homosexual people do with each other.
So why is it being called “anti-gay”?
I can think of two reasons right now.
1) Leftist homosexuality advocates are malignant narcissists. Everything in the world has to be about their orgasms. They see the entire world through their genitals and anal openings. Other people are to be judged by whether or not they think it is just groovy that one man likes to stick it in another man’s anus. They have some bizarre fixation on what other people think about their private bedroom (or public restroom) behavior. Legislation is to be evaluated by whether or not it will encourage one man to stick it in another man’s anus, or whether or not it empowers or celebrates such men nor not.
2) Homofascists want to reorganize all of society around their feelings, including the practice of religion, and anything that exempts anyone from being under the control of homofascists is labeled “anti-gay”. That would mean they are getting so upset because they fully intend to use the force of government to force everyone, even the deeply religious, to celebrate homosexual behavior.
Whatever happened to “leave us alone”? Now that’s not enough. Now they seek you out, quiz you, and if your answers aren’t right you’re facing a trip to economic Siberia.
Even if you disagree with the legislation, the hysterics from the Leftist homosexuality advocates, and the lockstep following of low information voters should concern you. Really, if signed into law and implemented, how would this law hurt a single homosexual person? Someone might ask a baker for a “wedding” cake with two grooms on top of it. The baker would say “Can’t do it.” Then the homosexual person could go to another baker. Who got hurt? Judging from the circus-like response to the legislation, there would be plenty of other people willing to participate in the “wedding” by making a cake. Comparisons to Jim Crow do not hold up. Jim Crow included government-enforced blanket segregation based on skin color. This would be a business, not government, deciding they could not participate in an event.
Is such legislation Constitutional? I don’t see how it isn’t. It is essentially a building upon the First Amendment.
Will it actually be implemented if signed into law? Don’t count on it.
As we’re seeing repeatedly, the Constitution doesn’t matter. The Executive Branch is under the control of Leftist homosexuality advocates who do not believe in letting states handle their own matters or being bound by existing legislation, and they have more and bigger guns than Arizona. Don’t kid yourself. That’s all it boils down to these days. Even if Arizona refuses to prosecute a baker for being true to their faith, Obama’s Department of Justice will.
Challenges GOP Opponents to “Reverse Course”
“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), also known as SB1062, protects the rights of every Arizonan to work and live according to their faith. It prohibits punishing someone because of their faith. It is common sense, it is good law, it was carefully crafted, it was supported by more than 90% of the Republicans in the Legislature, and I strongly urge the Governor to sign the bill.” – Al Melvin, speaking on SB1062.
Melvin spoke at a GOP candidate forum on Saturday and was the only candidate for Governor to support SB1062.
“I was disappointed how fast my fellow Republican candidates for Governor caved to the media and liberal pressure. Each of them offered excuses, but none of them were willing to stand up and publicly fight to protect the religious liberties of Arizonan citizens and businesses.” said Melvin, adding “They need to look past the media-driven hysteria and look at the bill itself. It is only two pages long and there is no excuse for them not to know better.”
Melvin went further, urging each of his opponents to reverse course and support the bill. “We all make mistakes, but real leadership means being able to admit when you are wrong and correcting your course. You don’t have to spend 30 years in the Naval Reserves as I did to know how important course correction is.”
SB1062 modifies Arizona’s existing protections and brings them into line with the federal RFRA. Furthermore, SB1062 added language to ensure additional protection against the frivolous use of religious beliefs as a defense against behavior that might be considered discriminatory.
“The extremists on the left are using the same hysterical language they did when they opposed SB1070. But SB1070 turned out to be right for Arizona, the hysterics were proven to be nothing more than simple fantasy designed to whip up opposition, and the Arizona Legislature and Governor Brewer were both vindicated for passing and signing it. My hope is that Arizonans will rally to fight for this bill by contacting the Governor and asking her to sign it. If she does not, then I hope they will rally to my campaign so that we can elect someone who will sign the bill in 2015.”
Supporters of the bill are invited to join Al Melvin’s campaign for Governor at VoteAlMelvin.com.
Melvin serves as Chairman of the Commerce, Energy and Military Committee and founded the highly successful Mining Caucus and Tourism Caucus. He has had a long business career in international trade and transportation, is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and received his MBA degree from Thunderbird-School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. Prior to his election to the Senate, he taught college level courses as an adjunct, in economics, international business and management.
Melvin is a military veteran and graduate of the US Naval War College. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Squadron Commander of COMPSRONTWO, then the largest ship squadron in the US Navy (14 ships) based at the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. In 1999, after 30 years in the US Naval Reserve, he retired as a Navy Captain, the equivalent of a full colonel.
He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Military Officers of America and other military related organizations. Sen. Melvin is a life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). He is a member of the Elks, Rotary and Knights of Columbus, and he remains a proud Eagle Scout (class of ’61).
Al and his wife Kou reside in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County, just north of Tucson and attend Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Catalina.
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