In the final week of black history month, Republicans in the state of Arizona tried to start the new Jim Crow but this time it's against the LGBT community. Although, Republican state legislators around the country are suppressing voting and other tactics to roll back American rights, this tactic was a big surprise in the 21st century America. The fact that a state would pass legislation to create second-class citizens in order to protect the religious bigots in this country is unconstitutional.
The bill was called SB 1062, if Janet Brewer governor of Arizona wouldn't have vetoed this legislation, then Arizona would've been ground-zero for civil rights. The bill could've made it easier for business owners to turn away gay and lesbian customers. This was a slippery slope to returning to the Jim Crow south, but according to the Civil Rights bill the Supreme Court would've struck it down anyway. Janet Brewer gave her reasons as to why she vetoed the bill, “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination. The bill could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.” So, why are Republican states legislators hell-bent on passing these repressive bills?
Ever since Obama became president of the United States, the religious right has gone on a tirade. First, they hijacked the Republican party, taken over states and are now in the process of what they think are laws to protect the religious right from everyone such as minorities, women, the poor, and gays and lesbian community. They believe they're the only true citizens in this country, and their words come from god. This is why our founding fathers founded this country separated from the church and wrote the Constitution to protect the American people from these irrational ways of thinking.
Religious freedom doesn't mean you have the power to veto our constitution in order to discriminate against people you don't agree with. The fact of the matter is, the bible is not the law of the land. The United States doesn't have a national religion because the constitution states it respect all religions. For one religious sect to say, they're the real Americans and discrimination is the religious norm is nothing new in this country. Remember, these same religious people tried to use religious freedom to resume slavery, take away women rights, were the basics for Jim Crow and segregation and so on. Whenever someone states religious freedom then look out, they're trying to suppress someone's freedom.
This chapter in the new Republican party's push for religious freedom is coming to an end as for using the argument of religious freedom. Bills aimed at protecting business owners’ to refuse service to individuals based on their religious beliefs faltered in Kansas, Ohio, Mississippi, South Dakota, Idaho, Georgia, and Tennessee. With the public in favor of marriage equality and the Supreme Court’s decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act equality for all is still heading in the right direction. A majority of Americans now favor same-sex marriage, in every region of the country except for the South.
Disinformation is still hurting the American people. According to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, 75% of Americans already think it is illegal under federal law to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in employment. They’re wrong, there is no federal law barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Most states don’t ban it, including Arizona. People simply take for granted that it’s the case because an overwhelming majority 72% think it should be. This is why there is still work to be done in this country, if everyone doesn't have equal rights, then no one is safe in this country from discrimination. America has come along ways in its history, and progress is still being made but there is still friction in the fight for equality for all.