I feel like a broken record at times, but no one in America demands special rights more than the Christofascists. They claim that gays want special rights, but time and time again its the Christofascists - aided by their puppets in the GOP - who want their rights to trump the rights of others and want the special right to pick and choose what laws they will obey. At its core, this mindset reflects an intense selfishness and a contempt for others - things not at all compatible with the true Gospel message. But nowadays, the least truly Christian folks you will find are the self-congratulatory modern day Pharisees of the Christian Right and hate groups that parade under the smoke screen of "family values." In Washington State the Christofascists are showing their hand by pushing political whores in the GOP (bill sponsor GOP State Senator Sharon Brown is pictured above) to introduce legislation that would give Christofascists to openly discriminate against gays. The majority of America is embracing modernity and the 21st century while the Christofascists and GOP are racing to try to return to the Middle Ages. Think Progress has an article on the ugly GOP backed legislation in Washington. One can only wonder when these foul people will start demanding that they also be granted special rights expanded so that can also discriminate against blacks, Jews, non-Christians, etc. It's all about them and no one else matters. Here are article highlights:
Republicans in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow businesses to openly discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation if they want to do so because of their religious beliefs. SB 5927 carves out a specific exception to the state’s nondiscrimination law that says only federal protections — which don’t include sexual orientation — apply when a person’s religious belief is “burdened”:
Nothing in this section may burden a person or religious organization’s freedom of religion including, but not limited to, the right of an individual or entity to deny services if providing those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or entity owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience. This subsection does not apply to the denial of services to individuals recognized as a protected class under federal law applicable to the state as of the effective date of this section.Unsurprisingly, the bill’s sponsor is state Sen. Sharon Brown (R), whose district is home to Arlene’s Flowers, a business facing two lawsuits because it refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. Conservatives have claimed that the nondiscrimination protections Arelene’s violated are tantamount to Nazi homofascism, a sentiment Brown seemed to echo by claiming, “There’s a glaring lack of protection for religion in state law.”
Passage of such a law would be truly the beginning of a slippery slope - a favorite GOP phrase - when one remembers that the Bible has been used to justify all kings of horrors, including slavery, segregation and the murder of non-Christians. This bill needs to be defeated and its sponsor defeated in the next election cycle.