If we could also refuse service from Arizona Legislators, that would be nice, too. (via)

This is a sign from Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, AZ, who posted it to their Facebook page last night with the caption, "Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days." Let's not also forget that "decent" has fallen to "people who don't want legal discrimination back in society," which excludes most of the Arizona Legislature, who just passed exactly that.

The sign sums up a lot of people's feelings about the new law that just passed the Arizona Senate on Wednesday, its House of Representatives on Thursday, and is headed to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's desk today. That bill creates a legal defense for business owners to deny service to people based on sincerely held religious beliefs if it would be an extreme burden on their freedom of religion. Basically, the right to discriminate if you say you really mean it.

Which, obviously, immediately makes you want to develop a religious belief that Arizona Legislators are unclean and must always walk around in woolen sacks (and if they won't comply, they're not welcome).


Supporters of the bill cited examples such as a photographer who was sued by a same-sex couple after refusing to do their wedding photos, as BuzzFeed pointed out, and they insist that anti-religious discrimination is on the rise and that these protections are needed. But the bill's language itself (full text here) is way more expansive. You can find a very good explanation at AZCentral.

I'm not an expert, but it seems to make it really easy to demand everyone else comply with your religious beliefs if they want to deal with you. That's fine if you're offering religious services, but it's pretty dangerous to give people back the right to say "get out, we don't take your kind here" after 50 years of being glad that was gone. Basically, I'm saying it sounds like a bad idea. But that's just my opinion, and since I don't live in Arizona, I can't force you to conform to it.

(by Johnny McNulty)

Sources: BuzzFeed | Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza | AZCentral