When Bigotry Hides Behind Religion

Harold Meyerson comments on the recent Arizona bill allowing businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Citing a similar bill passed by Republican legislators in Kansas, Meyerson contends that these recent “absurd proposals” and “recent attempts to besmirch religion” signal that “Republicans, and some religious leaders, are willing to invoke religion as a cloak for their bigotry.”

Meyerson recalls “that religion has served as a shield for those who would deny their fellow Americans the most rudimentary equal rights. During the civil rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s, a number of Southern fundamentalist ministers preached that racial segregation was God’s design.”

“Just to be clear: No one is advocating that priests, the Catholic Church or other religious institutions be compelled to preside over same-sex marriages. The issue is whether businesses can refuse service to gays and lesbians based on the businesses’ religious beliefs, though you probably have to believe that corporations are people to grant that businesses can have religious beliefs.”

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  • Gregory Williams

    These kinds of laws will be used to advance an agenda of racists who object to the existence of non-whites on religious grounds not to mention how religion will suddenly cover ANY issue under the sun from public schools to any and all civil rights issues and freedom of religion itself will be subject to court challenges.

    The DOJ needs to quash this garbage NOW.

  • bpai99

    “I like your Christ. Christians, not so much. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – M. Gandhi

    • Brambles

      Isn’t it the truth. This isn’t just my opinion…. most of my friends believe also that the biggest jerks they know are the most devout, church going, so-called Christians. Something about folks being absolutely convinced that their’s is the only truth that seems to bring that out.

  • Brambles

    Lipstick on a pig = racism and homophobia dressed up in religious garb.

  • Lorehead

    If the “sincerely-held belief” of the gay-segregationists is that the commandments in the Bible that apply to straight people don’t count, but the commandments that apply only to gay people do, that’s mere bigotry. A religion that lets them completely off the hook and gives them moral scapegoats to spit on deserves no respect from anyone.

    They’re doing unto others what they would not have done unto them, pointing out the mote in their neighbor’s eye while ignoring the beam in their own, putting on his neck a yoke neither they nor their ancestors were able to bear, and breaking the commandment to love their neighbor as themselves.

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