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Discrimination License

Thankfully, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just vetoed the "religious freedom" bill that would've given people carte blanche to discriminate against gay people (and others, for that matter).  The most baffling thing is that there exists a state legislature that would pass this bill.  The bill in Arizona that was promoted by the innocuous-sounding "Center for Arizona Policy," would've allowed businesses to refuse service to anyone who offended their religious sensibilities.  (Gracious me, a homosexual eating steak on a Friday!)
Sadly, this sort of law is not isolated to Arizona.  While hopefully none will get as far as the legislation in Arizona, similar bills are lurking in other states.  One of my favorite parts of this whole story is how one of the Republican legislators who has since changed his mind and regrets his "mistake," said that he initially voted yes because he thought "it was good for the caucus."  Ugh, there's a strong moral compass for you.
Let's hope these sort of laws die the speedy death they deserve.  Enjoy the cartoon, and pass it along to someone who may have a different faith or sexual preference than you.  (More links to the news stories behind the cartoon are right below this post in the "News Behind the Toons" section.)

Comments (10)

  • Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe

    27 February 2014 at 14:43 |
    Actually, if a Hindu didn't want to serve meat-eaters, he could just NOT PUT ANY MEAT ON THE MENU. You know, like a fair number of restaurants already do.

    Good point, bad example.


  • Marko Again

    Marko Again

    27 February 2014 at 18:17 |
    But he's not operating a restaurant, it's a shipping store. (Subtle, visually, I know:-)


  • RSM


    27 February 2014 at 20:14 |
    Religion (one of 2500 or more), has a history of being used to manipulate and dstort every activity under the sun. Most often the individuals who seek to condem something will at some point be found to have over indulged or closeted. One can only promote these religions at the expense of freedom and truth, not in that order. We're simply not evolved enough to deal with death, so making life miserable for some will be with us for a while. We should have two taxes on the organizations. One for lies and distortion. A second for making life miserable based on those lies. A simple rate at 99.9999999% would be appropriate.


  • Dog Gone

    Dog Gone

    28 February 2014 at 15:45 |
    The funniest objection to Brewer's veto I have heard so far was Judson Phillips, at the Tea Party Nation, who is terrified that devoutly religious bakeries would be coerced into making penis shaped cakes for gay weddings ((presumably rainbow colored ones), and filming orgies of naked men engaging in sex acts as part of their wedding ceremonies that were combination sex tapes and wedding videographies.

    Of course, at the moment, gay weddings are not yet legal in Arizona, but it is not a potential hazard sufficient to draft a discrimination law.

    Apparently Judson Phillips and the Tea Party Nation are also very concerned they will be rounded up and forced to march in gay pride parades against their will, and that Muslims will have to add pork sandwiches to their restaurant menus........although how those things will happen without this law is murky to say the least.

    On sharing the fear of the Tea Party Nation with female friends, they each and every one pointed out that the greatest purchasers of penis shaped cakes are women hosting bachelorette parties as part of the festivities leading up to heterosexual weddings. There are penis shaped cookie cutters, cake pans, ice cube forms, candles, pasta (yes, penis pasta), ice sculpture forms, and a variety of party items that flash colored lights, glow in the dark, or otherwise celebrate the male form.

    Yup, the Tea Party Nation should be more afraid of all the heterosexual women in Arizona and other states, not gay men getting married! Ya gotta laugh - at them, not with them.

    While the challenge to remain tasteful might be greater than usual, I would LOVE to see an animation about THAT!


  • Paul Knittle

    Paul Knittle

    28 February 2014 at 23:16 |
    Kewl... What gets me about religion is that the Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same damn GOD! What is even more upsetting is that these people fight among themselves. Shia vs Sunni, Protestant vs Catholic, Jews against Jews (there was a schism long ago where the conservative Jews said that a Jew could no longer marry a Christian or Muslim. After they got away with that law change, they then added that if you were married to a Muslim woman you had to divorce her. This was too much. There was a revolt and a division in their own ranks. Yes, Jews do fight Jews.)




    01 March 2014 at 01:47 |
    Ummm, It's sexual ORIENTATION, Mark, NOT preference. C'mon...


  • Richard


    01 March 2014 at 23:36 |
    Thanks for the catroon, Mark, but I am confused! Where can I BUY one of these licenses? Hidden somewhere on your website? As a 3rd generation Arizona guy I REALLY want to give several of these to dear Republican friends and relatives! Or do I just have to make them myself and send you a copyright infringement fee for each one I give away??


  • Bigrichard


    02 March 2014 at 11:43 |
    There will be a woman president (in 2016) and some day there will be a gay president, an atheist president, a vegetarian president, etc. Will all this foolishness stop even then?


  • Pierre


    03 March 2014 at 13:44 |
    Americans who say they are Christians and then interpret the bible's words in the most unchristian ways are identical to Muslims who use the Koran’s words to justify oppressing women and killing non-Muslens. These fake Christians are lucky that God is forgiviing bacause if it wasn’t the case they would all go to hell. Thank god, that these types of false Christians are not running the government here in Canada. Because of these people “God cannot bless America”.


  • Butch in Texas

    Butch in Texas

    07 March 2014 at 15:54 |
    I did not know you were a Homo-sexual. I am purdy sexual myself but never really cared for milk that much. (that were a joke)
    The only folks who should be denied rights are the folks trying to take others.


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