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What the hell, Arizona?

From CNN:

Arizona’s Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

To borrow from the Robot Devil, this bill is as lousy as it is bigoted.

CNN’s interview with Rep. John Kavanagh who supported this bill is straight-up crazy. This guy is a legislator and he can’t effectively communicate how this bill would actually work any better than some random person interviewed on the street who isn’t wearing pants. Apparently, the freedom to be a religious bigot extends to independent contractors (wedding photographers) and small business owners but not to a waitress at a diner who doesn’t want to serve a gay couple. Huh? What possible legal principle is at work here to distinguish the two? Rep. Kavanagh claims the “burden” the religious feel when dealing with icky gay people has to be high, which taking pictures of drunk people dancing poorly at a gay wedding is, but refusing to rent a room to that newly married couple isn’t. That’s absurd on its face, because bed and breakfasts don’t allow children under a certain age so it’s not that much of a legal stretch, especially with this law on the books, for them to not rent to homosexual couples.

Of course, the gooey center of logic supporting the bill probably serves its purpose in making life miserable for gay Arizona residents and swell for local attorneys, who homosexuals can have on retainer to look into every discriminatory action they face. What a country!

We are tripping over dead kids from gun violence and that’s not enough for a gun bill. Arizona’s own congressional representative is permanently disabled after being shot in broad daylight in a public place and that’s not enough for a gun bill. But my god, someone might have to photograph two gay men slow dancing. Time to legislate!

 

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The Wild West…

Well, it’s Tuesday, so it must be another self-defense shooting in America

An Arizona man who shot and killed an unarmed man during a fight in a Walmart store has not been charged after arguing that the shooting was in self-defense, according to police.
Kyle Wayne Quadlin, 25, told Chandler police that he shot Charles Belinte Chee, 36, after their argument at the service counter Sunday turned into a fight he didn’t think he could win.

Unless you’re facing Ivan Drago in the ring after a night of carousing with James Brown, how likely is a “fight you can’t win” going to result in death?

Does a potential bloody nose justify fatally shooting someone?

This also presupposes the deceased started the fight. Apparently, it doesn’t matter who started the fight, just that the shooter felt that he was in fear for his life. In that case, if someone initiates a physical confrontation, what is the average person supposed to do to not wind up dead and have his or her killer walk free? I have the right to defend myself but even if I choose to retreat, what if I don’t have the option? The only reason I’d get into a fight is to defend myself and even then I’m just trying to stop someone from continuing the fight. How can I do that but also persuade him that just because he’s losing, I don’t mean to kill him?

The shooter might claim his life was in danger and he had to kill me, but I tend to question the rationality of people who start fights in public places, who yell at kids about their music choices in a parking lot, or confront someone who is texting in a theater. They’ve already demonstrated that peaceful resolutions to situations are beyond them.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Social Commentary

 

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