An Arizona Tea Party group is supporting the state’s ‘right-to-discriminate’ legislation, SB 1062, by claiming that “the First Amendment protects only the practice of the Christian faith.” Yes, yes they did. In addition, they’re coming out (see what I did there?) against a pastor who joined a protest against the bill, saying that the pastor must not have read the Bible. Unlike them, who have not only read the GOP Bible, but they actually wrote it too.
This pastor guy must be reading that crazy Bible, not the new revised edition with neon red ink on every chapter. In Reagan 19.4 it clearly says only right wing Christians are given Constitutional rights. Tea 11.6 states that bigots will spend an eternity in not gay heaven, where only manly men may enter, not those long-haired types that wear sandals.
According to Right Wing Watch, The Williams Tea Party of Coconino County defended the anti-gay bill on its website, alleging that “the First Amendment protects only the practice of the Christian faith” and that the First Amendment “protects the right of those of the Christian faith to not serve those who are clearly abhorrent to that faith.”
Behold the stupidity:
The First Amendment protects only the practice of the Christian faith.
The Arizona Republic gathered the twenty, or so, protestors against S.B. 1062 close together for a photo to place on the front cover of their Thursday edition. The gathering together is an attempt to show that thousands of protestors came to their demonstration.
In the center of the photo they placed a guy who just happens to be able to afford the tab-collar clergy shirt with a sign about how religions should be against this legislation. I am not sure from which Internet “U” this person obtained his certification, but they certainly had no requirement to read the Bible.
The “columnists” at the Republic are in full swing typing out their indignation at the “discrimination.”
Of course, when you are dealing with a group of people who get their Constitutional training from the Salon and Russia Today web sites, it is difficult for them to understand that this legislation should never have been written. You see, there is already a law that protects the right of those of the Christian faith to not serve those who are clearly abhorrent to that faith.
It’s called the First Amendment.
The First Amendment was meant only to protect the Christian faith. When the founders spoke of religion, they meant the Christian religion. They did not have to keep saying the Christian religion because everyone knew that is what they were talking about.
This is not shocking at all (anymore) because Tea Partiers believe that religious freedom only applies to them, and not the multitude of other religions in this vast and diverse country.
UPDATE (per lwdgrfx): Arizona Governor Brewer has vetoed the anti-gay bill. Smart move, Jan!