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AZ Governor Brewer Should VETO the Anti Gay Bill

In case you haven’t heard there is a bill in Arizona that has passed the House and Senate. It is supposed to be an expansion of religious freedom and would allow business owners to refuse to do business with gays.

Now I don’t have a problem with a business refusing to serve homosexuals if that is their choice, because of religion or simply personal preference. I think a business should have the right to turn anyone away. And this bill specifically targets homosexuals. And it is simply not right to single out a group of people based on their behavior.

The bill should be much more broad and not “force” a person to serve someone they do not want to serve.

And I believe a gay owner should have the right to refuse straight people if that is their preference.

I wish I could say there was an exception I could cite where we should not allow discrimination. But we have private women only colleges that do not allow male students because they are private, just like the businesses. And that is held as acceptable.

You guys ever try to join a women only gym? Good luck.

I would say we should, perhaps, draw the line at race, but I am sure the members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Miss Black America would take issue with that.

Short people are banned from certain rides. You must be “this tall” is a perfectly good reason to discriminate.

People without shoes and shirts have limited options for retail and food services.

Would you force a Jew to serve a Nazi? In uniform?

But in reality, what normal business that does not have a specific niche can afford to turn away business?

I own a business. And while I sometimes wish people would shower or bathe more often, or not put on so much cologne or perfume, or smell like an ashtray or a brewery when they come in, they are still welcome. And I welcome people of any and all ethnic groups. As long as they deal in US Dollars.

And yes, I have gay customers. And I appreciate their business while at the same time hold firm in my Christian beliefs that their behavior is a sin. But so are the habits of the drinkers and smokers. And while I hate to generalize, my gay customers usually dress well and bathe. And they don’t use Axe cologne instead of water. Ok. Most smoke. And that can be annoying, but I live with it.

What Governor Brewer should do is veto this bill and send it back and ask the Arizona Legislature to replace it with a bill that will allow businesses the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

But what I find curious is why gay people have their undies in such a bunch over this. Do they seriously want to give their money to a business that would ban them? If I knew of a business that didn’t want to deal with an old white male Christian Conservative musician and writer, I would take my money elsewhere.

I am still looking, but so far I have not found anywhere in my Bible that says we should shun people that we believe are sinners.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

5 Responses to “AZ Governor Brewer Should VETO the Anti Gay Bill”

  1. Greg Letiecq

    This should make your search a little easier:

    2 Thessalonians 3:6, Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 5:11, Psalms 26:4, 2 Corinthians 6:14, Deuteronomy 7:2, Numbers 16:26, Proverbs 1:10, Proverbs 14:7

    • Tom White says:

      I wouldn’t even be able to go to church if I took all those literally. Let alone the State Capitol. And doing business with someone is not associating with them. It is simply doing business.

      What about the women Jesus associated with?

      And how do we witness to sinners if we must shun them?

      And are we not supposed to love the sinner hate the sin?

      And why would G-d create people we are not to associate with? Was it a mistake on His part?

      And what if I need advice on clothes or home decor? (Ok. That one was a gratuitous stereotype.)

      All I’m saying is that we should be free to do business with whomever we want to. If you prefer not to accept money from sinners there are always food stamps. But wait – the government is worse than most sinners.
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  2. Greg Letiecq

    You said you were still looking for guidance in the Bible, so I thought I’d help. Here’s one I inadvertently left out: 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

    “But you must realize that in the last days the times will be full of danger. Men will become utterly self-centered, greedy for money, full of big words. They will be proud and abusive, without any regard for what their parents taught them. They will be utterly lacking in gratitude, reverence and normal human affections. They will be remorseless, scandal-mongers, uncontrolled and violent haters of all that is good. They will be treacherous, reckless and arrogant, loving what gives them pleasure instead of loving God. They will maintain a facade of “religion”, but their life denies it’s truth. Keep clear of people like that.”

    Is that hard to do? You bet. Would you at least try, knowing it is what God wants of you? I think most of us would answer yes.

    And I know, looking at these, that I don’t read my Bible nearly as much as I should and that it’s hard to write commentary on the faith aspect of politics when I’m not spending as much time in the Word as I should.

    • Tom White says:

      I don’t read mine as much as I should, but I did see the movie. Charlton Heston, right? Or was that Moses.

      The trouble is we can’t avoid the wicked people in the world unless we find an empty cave. And being that neither of us is perfect, that won’t work either.

      But I don’t think the government has the right to force us to do business with anyone. I think this originally came from a photographer, or perhaps a baker, that was asked to do a gay wedding. (I may have read of both professions.) And I can understand a baker being reluctant to put two men or women figures on a cake. In this case you are appearing to condone the merger. Or a photographer trying to capture that “special moment” when the groom and groom share a kiss. Or stuff cake in one another’s mouth. Or the garter toss.

      I would be uncomfortable and feel that I am breaking my beliefs in those situations and would want to be free to decline.

      And while I am not Jewish, I would want the freedom to decline to serve at a KKK dinner or Nazi luncheon.

      And a state that could compel me to bake a cake for a gay wedding could also compel me do the same for the KKK. And by rights, they must do so in both instances or they violate the equal protection clause.

      And wouldn’t homosexual interior decorators want to be able to decline a job decorating a club called “Kill the Fags Bar and Grill”?

      The problem is, if a locality forces you to do business with someone you don’t want to, a lot of the activist types will target Christian businesses just to be in their face and force them to violate their Faith. And I have a feeling at least one of the examples above was just that.

      Me, I’d probably bake a horrible cake and take crummy pictures if I were forced to do something I didn’t want to do. And why would someone want that?
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  3. Greg Letiecq

    And that’s precisely why Brewer should sign the bill, to protect religious liberty and free association rights that are under a considerable assault by the left.


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