Saturday, April 27, 2013

Republicans in Washington State seek Exemption to Non-Discrimination Law.

The “conscience clause” scheme by bigots, racist and religious zealots has always fascinated me.

We’re seeing this unfold now over Obamacare’s requirement to provide free birth control to women.

Businesses are trying to use the conscience clause to deny coverage for religious or just about any other reason.

The trouble is, your First Amendment rights can't infringe on, or take away someone else's.  

Republicans have a way of standing up for the Constitution, all the while redefining it and twisting into knots. Have you ever seen so court challenges?  

Here comes another amazing down-the-rabbit-hole shredding:
News Tribune: Bill seeks exemption to non-discrimination law: Several Republican lawmakers filed a bill Thursday seeking an exemption to the state's anti-discrimination laws just weeks after legal action was taken against a Richland florist who denied service to a gay couple for their upcoming wedding.

The bill introduced by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, would allow businesses the right to deny services or goods if they felt doing so was contrary to their "sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience."
And Brown see’s nothing wrong with this. Of course this would open the flood gates of discrimination. Just as bizarre, Brown is willing to give up “matters of conscience” if it’s already a federal law.
The measure would not apply to the denial of services to people under a protected class under federal law, such as race, religion or disability.
I’m pretty sure “denial” can’t be used as evidence in a court of law:
Brown argued that the bill is not intended to undermine the law or the rights of gays and lesbians in the state and isn't a commentary on same-sex marriage. "The citizens of the state clearly weighed in on that issue," she said. "It's intended to protect religious freedoms."

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