Arizona’s SB1062 Bill
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I have thought about Arizona’s new bill to not serve Gays because it is against one’s religious beliefs for two days and I find that I am just plain appalled by what Arizona has done. I read all the articles and heard the comments that it was not to attack one specific group of people but to protect the religious rights of another. My first question is just what religion are they basing these rights on? It certainly is not Christianity because Christ sat down with everyone including those considered “not worthy” or “sinners”. And we are all sinners and come short of the glory of God. My Bible says we are supposed to emulate Christ so what religion again would say to deny to be kind to someone or to serve them? My Bible also says to not judge and that we will be judged how we judge others. My Bible also says to love one another. So, I still ask just what religion are we protecting?
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The more I read the more I wondered had I moved to Russia where they outlaw and punish people for being gay as if it were a choice and I did not know I had moved. When did we revert back to the fifties and sixties with just prejudice? I had truly believed that our country had come a long way in resolving the prejudices that ran so strong. And then I watched the Presidential race of this President and watched the hate and racial tones that came from some of the ones running and from people around the country and realized that we still had a long way to go in healing in that department. And then this happens and other states are ready to follow along…to punish one group that all they want is to be treated equal just because a group is filled with prejudice against them. And it makes my heart hurt and sad to see a country that once used to be the most powerful nation in the world become something less than what it should be.
I wonder if people realize the implication this bill Arizona just passed has if it is made into law. Right now it is waiting on the Governor to make the final decision or let it ride. Think about it….my two sons live on opposite sides of the country and have not seen each other in two years. They could be meeting in Arizona on travels and decide to go to a restaurant to eat and visit before planes take off. And when they meet at the restaurant, they hug because they have not seen each other in so long. And someone owning a business or working in a business could decide they are “gay” and refuse to serve them. A friend could rush another friend to the hospital and someone there decide they are gay and refuse to give them medical help. Do you see where I am going here? Who decides a person is gay? Is there a gay meter? What is next? And why pick on those gay ? Oh yes, they serve the man who sits in a restaurant with his mistress or brings her to a specific store to buy her a gift but we will not serve gay people. Last time I heard, my Bible considers adultery a sin so why are they not getting down on that?
Someone recently told me they were not worried about our privacy being invaded and our emails being read. And this person told me they had the right to freedom of speech to say that and anything they want. And my reply was..”yes, you do but did you know we used to have the right to privacy and it is gone. What will be the next right gone?” Well , here it is folks. The right to be served in public establishments simply because you are deemed “gay”. And already, some people have said “Good, as soon as this is finalized, I will quit serving single mothers because I do not like serving them either as they are sinners.” What will be next? Will it be the right to refuse service to certain religious groups because they are against our religion? Can you see it? People refusing to serve a certain faith because they do not believe in what their faith believes. What a scary thought that is. When did we become so filled with hate and rancor? And when did we forget the basic precepts of our country…F R E E D O M.
Are we going backwards? Are the fifties and sixties returning? People love our country because of the fact that we do have freedom and yet one group is wanting to put another group basically in bondage and I find that offensive. I have loved ones that are gay, friends that are gay and love them just as I love all the others in my life. We are becoming a country of based on fear and that is not what I ever expected our country to be. This is why I say I am a person of FAITH not RELIGION. Religion is man-made interpretations of what they think the Bible says and not necessarily true. Why else would we have so many denominations of religions and not everyone get along? Faith is between me and God and my faith relies on kindness, love and treating others as Christ would treat them.
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I can only say shame on you Arizona and pray that this bill is vetoed. Have we become a society of hate and fear? It is certainly starting to look that way. And people, if you do not stand up now, who do you think will be there to stand up when it is you that is on that list of “refuse to serve”? Stand up for something even if you stand alone because if you do not…you will fall for anything. And if you do not believe that…just look back for you will see we have so much happening in the past few years that we never dreamed would happen and came about because we complacently let it happen. If we are complacent…then we are complicit to what is happening. And just take a look at the states waiting to see what happens in Arizona so they can follow suit. And if no one says anything, this could become our whole country.
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