The Struggle Against a Theocratic America

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Arizona dodged a bullet. Their Governor Jan Brewer thankfully vetoed a very discriminatory law this week. A law that would have made discrimination, based solely on sexual orientation, legal under the premise of religious freedom.

Arizona dodged a bullet. Their Governor Jan Brewer thankfully vetoed a very discriminatory law this week. A law that would have made discrimination, based solely on sexual orientation, legal under the premise of religious freedom.

The bill, if signed would have allowed Arizona business owners to refuse service to couples, specifically homosexual couples, if the business owner didn't agree with their "homosexual lifestyle" because of his or her religious beliefs.

The bill did manage to make it through both houses of the State Congress and landed on Brewer's desk. After much deliberation, the governor vetoed. Much speculation is out there as to why she vetoed, from kindness, to financial interest, even to the NFL threatening to pull the Super Bowl.

Regardless of why she did it, she did it. So let's take a moment and celebrate, this is a victory for equality and another fight lost by the Christian Right.

Yet this fight is far from over. Many other states are attempting to pass similar measures, some even harsher than Arizona's. These bills could crumble just the same, or in some of the even more red states, they could pass right through. It is not hard to imagine these Jim Crow 2.0 style laws becoming popular in the Bible Belt states around the U.S. We must be watchful and diligent and ready to act when each of these laws comes before each state.

However, as we celebrate this single victory, and look at the other battles we have to fight in the struggle for LGBT equality, there are more laws, in more states that have passed, that are on the books that undermine the secularism of the U.S.

Sean Faircloth, author of Attack of the Theocrats and former Maine state senator, has frequently discussed these battles that are happening around the country. From troops to women's rights, the religious right has its hooks in a few state and federal laws. Faircloth lays out his 10-point vision of a secular America. All 10 points will not be addressed here, but some of those are:

Our troops suffer from religious discrimination; our federal government has refused to allow atheist or humanist chaplains into our military to care for the needs of our non-believing troops. These troops are willing to put their life on the line for the country, but our government does not feel they have the right to seek comfort in council of someone who understands disbelief. A religious chaplain simply cannot deal with understanding the world as an atheist. This is simply one of many issues facing our service members. Sadly, they face an abundance of more.

Countless states are attacking women's rights to reproductive freedom. From closing down all women's health care facilities that offer abortions, to creating laws that make it impossible for these clinics to operate, and even laws requiring doctors to explain to their patients that they are "killing a baby" or showing them ultrasounds of a beating heart. Laws like this are not scientifically sound and are full of nothing but religious rhetoric. They are meant to confuse women into thinking an abortion is something it is not and fill them with grief in order to control their actions.

Written By: Dan Arel
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19 COMMENTS

  1. These childish people are wasting tax payer money to push laws that are going to get shredded to bits in federal courts if they ever manage to pass them. Small government conservatives my ass.

  2. I don’t think there is much mystery as to why Brewer vetoed the bill. It was simple economics. The loss of business and commerce would have been enormous. And the loss wasn’t just speculation, Arizona has been through this before when they refused to acknowledge MLK day and the backlash to this bill looked to be even stronger.

    • In reply to #2 by Red Dog:

      I don’t think there is much mystery as to why Brewer vetoed the bill. It was simple economics. The loss of business and commerce would have been enormous. And the loss wasn’t just speculation, Arizona has been through this before when they refused to acknowledge MLK day and the backlash to this bill…

      Sadly, the only thing that can prevent these crackpots from taking over is crony capitalism. Seems like USA is caught between two evils, jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Because we all know that in the end Mammon is the only deity Americans truly worship.

      • In reply to #5 by Nunbeliever:

        In reply to #2 by Red Dog:

        I don’t think there is much mystery as to why Brewer vetoed the bill. It was simple economics. The loss of business and commerce would have been enormous. And the loss wasn’t just speculation, Arizona has been through this before when they refused to acknowledge MLK day a…

        Mammon? I had to go google that.

          • In reply to #8 by Nunbeliever:

            In reply to #6 by alf1200:

            In reply to #5 by Nunbeliever:

            Mammon? I had to go google that.

            Haha… well, I think you can live a happy life without that piece of knowledge :D

            Thanks, I’m feeling much better now……

  3. The religious wing nuts have obviously decided if you shovel enough shit against a wall some of it will stick, so the are hoping at least one of their indefensibly moronic bills will get through.

    • In reply to #7 by alf1200:

      I think she would passed it if there were no economic costs. She’s not that nice of a person.

      Isn’t she the one who stuck a finger in Obama’s face while chiding him on the tarmac as he was getting off Air Force One for a visit to Arizona? Makes you wonder what they pay the Secret Service guys for… If anybody had done that to Nixon or Reagan, they would have seized that finger and wrestled it to the ground.

      • In reply to #16 by NearlyNakedApe:

        In reply to #7 by alf1200:

        I think she would passed it if there were no economic costs. She’s not that nice of a person.

        Isn’t she the one who stuck a finger in Obama’s face while chiding him on the tarmac as he was getting off Air Force One for a visit to Arizona? Makes you wonder what they pay t…

        Yes, she is the one. They should outlaw fingers for idiots.

  4. states attempting to pass similar measures

    Six.

    troops suffer from religious discrimination

    MRFF is on it.

    laws – ultrasounds – religious rhetoric

    As Garbo murmured, make no mistake, monsieur – these folk, especially Catholics, are a passionate and relentless lot.

    One final ♪, if ya’ll ever come across Ted Nugent, give ‘em a wide berth!

  5. Each and every time a bill of this nature is submitted to Congress, the FFRF, ACLU and SCA should immediately pressure susceptible senators and representatives to counter with bills that would allow business owners to refuse service to couples, specifically Christian couples, if the business owner didn’t agree with their “monotheistic lifestyle” because of his or her secular beliefs. Flood the legislature with frivolous bills, to Biblical proportions, to the point where they are deposited in the cylindrical file immediately upon submission.

    Any bills of this nature should be treated as vexatious litigation.

    • From what I have seen, the FFRF jump on these immediately. Religion has no place in politics, unless ALL religions are catered for.

      In reply to #11 by Alakan:

      Each and every time a bill of this nature is submitted to Congress, the FFRF, ACLU and SCA should immediately pressure susceptible senators and representatives to counter with bills that would allow business owners to refuse service to couples, specifically Christian couples, if the business owner d…

  6. On one of the Facebook pages I frequent, a woman was using CDC data to suggest that Homosexuality should be criminalised due to the spread of the HIV virus amongst homosexual males. I pointed out to here that whilst the data is indeed accurate and that homosexual men are of high risk, that they are not the only source of the spread of the HIV virus.

    It did not take a lot of digging to find CDC data on the habits of heterosexual couples and the growing popularity of anal sex, IIRC around 45% of couples reported trying anal sex at least once (either way). I pointed out to her that by the data, more heterosexual couples practice anal sex than do gay couples and number of people who do, insure that Christians must practice it too.

    Within a minute of posting the data, the thread was pulled and she left the group. It’s not only Politicians that have batshit crazy ideas.

  7. From across the Pond, it seems those Christian American leaders just don’t pray hard enough. I mean what kind of almighty God could possibly reward Rick Perry’s impassioned prayer with even more drought and more fierce wild bushfires ?

    I hope Perry has prayed for a bad summer in Britain. We’ve had quite enough rain to last quite a while thank you God ! Maybe Perry could pray for some more hot summers in Australia ? They really need them down there !

    In the meantime executions are routinely carried out in the Texas prisons, where so many are in favour of “pro life” and all that it entails.

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