Well, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer really poked a stick into the right wing hive mind by vetoing the Republican attempt to enshrine anti-gay bigotry as “religious freedom.” Today the wingnut blogosphere is absolutely full of out of control unison ranting, but my favorite loony comments so far come from … who else? … the crackpots of breitbart.com.
First, the penetrating intellect of John Nolte, who asks the only question that really matters:
What if I bake a birth control cake?
Followed by Child of the Damned Ben Shapiro:
Would left support the AZ law if it were restricted to same-sex marriage participation? Of course not. Fascists.
You damned dirty fascists!
To which I can only add:
Ben Shapiro and staff react to Gov. Brewer's veto pic.twitter.com/bYROCM5A4K
HELP!!!1 BIRTH CONTROL PENIS CAKES ARE STEALING MAH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The President of Tea Party Nation, Judson Phillips, was a little miffed in the wake of Jan Brewer’s veto of the “religious freedom bill” in Arizona, and sees nothing but doom in our future:
“Tyranny is on the march,” Phillips declares in a piece on the TPN website that he also emailed to members of the group, adding that business owners who are not allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians are “slaves” to the “great liberal state,” aided by “French Republicans” like Brewer.
“The left and the homosexual lobby are both pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusiveness,’” he writes.
Then…well, methinks he tipped his hand a little:
The left loves to come up with absurd hypotheticals to scream that there must be compliance with their fascism, so how about a couple from our side.
Should a devote [sic] baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia [sic]? Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior?
The real question, it seems to me, is how long it took for him to come up with that “absurd hyopthetical?”
My guess is…a long…LONG time!
And again, another perfectly good gaydar blown to smithereens!
Minutes ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the SB1062 “religious freedom” pro-bigotry bill, pretending it was an act of principle instead of a result of the huge backlash.
That distant popping sound you hear is right wing heads exploding all over the Internets.
We have an early whine from Ben “Friends of Hamas” Shapiro:
Not sure what the GOP stands for when it stands against religious freedom out of pure fear of political correctness.
Basically, they’re still for it, but the backlash is painful, so they’re against it. But it’s still a good idea. That maybe isn’t absolutely necessary. But a good thing, just don’t do it because there might be some bad results that would hurt us instead of the people we’re trying to hurt.
Three Republican senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 say they made a bad decision in a rushed process and are now asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the right to refuse service bill.
“We feel it was a solution in search of a problem,” Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said in an impromptu news conference outside the state Senate. He was joined by Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott.
The two, along with Senate Majority Whip Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, sent Brewer a letter this morning asking for a veto.
“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance,” the three wrote. “These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm.”
Pierce and Worsley said the bill was moved along very quickly, not giving them enough time to convince fellow lawmakers to vote against it. Besides, Pierce said, they didn’t want to “tear apart” the GOP caucus, which was sharply divided last year over Brewer’s push for Medicaid expansion. [Emphasis added out of pure Schadenfreude.—ed.]
Read the rest here (there’s an auto-starting video too): 3 GOP Senators Who Voted for SB 1062 Asking Brewer to Veto Bill
Here’s a link to a .pdf of the letter signed by the three Republican Senators. I think the letter is actually more weaselly than the video statement at the link above.
Thanks again to Stanley Sea for the subtitle.
By the way, here’s an amusing article about the fight against the bill in the Arizona Senate, carried out by two Democratic Senators, Steve Gallardo and Ed Ableser.
First, Gallardo offered adding specific LGBT protections to the bill. That was voted down.
Then, Gallardo offered that any business that does want to reserve service to someone based on a religious belief should let that be known on a sign posted at the front of the business.
“There’s a reason why businesses don’t want anyone to know [they discriminate], it’s because they will go out of business — they know that,” Gallardo said. “They know that this type of discrimination would not be tolerated in Arizona.”
That was voted down.
Then Ableser introduced his series of amendments.
Read it all.
Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Sane Republicans, Run Screaming from SB 1062 http://t.co/rQeXHZ9O1E