The Grand Canyon state!
Home to the Valley of the Sun!
The state that proudly proclaims: “Ditat Deus!”(God Enriches!)
You can now add “land of the homophobes” to that list.
Last week the Republican controlled state legislature passed SB 1062 which grants business owners the right to refuse service to gays, lesbians “and others” if the owner believes that doing so violates the tenants of his or her religion. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.
Welcome to Arizona! Check your “gayness” at the door!
This bill is not only discriminatory and unconstitutional; its wording opens a Pandora’s of divisive behavior that knows no bounds.
Hate Jews! Put your hand on the Koran and proclaim “allahu akbar” (God is great!)
Not fond of Muslims! Slap a yamaka on your head and your all set.
Got a problem with Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians! “No soup for you!” It’s all good.
Business owners across the state are very concerned about the blowback affects the controversial law will have on their business. They are still trying to recover from the state’s anti-illegal immigration law that allows law enforcement officers to pull over Hispanics without cause and demand to see their papers. There is also the anti-abortion law that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks and proclaims that that life begins at the end of the women’s last menstrual cycle! #%?*
One concerned business owner displayed a sign in his storefront that reads: “NO SERVICE FOR STATE LEGISLATORS”
Arizona’s discriminatory laws are enforced by police officials who can be a bit heavy handed in carrying out their duties. The most famous of these law enforcement officials is Sherriff Joe Arpaio. Sherriff Arpaio is famous for his “Tent City” an open air facility erected next to the Maricopa Jail. Prisoners are subjected to the desert conditions where the thermometer often tops 112 degrees. Depriving prisoners of meals and limiting them to bread and water is commonplace. Arpaio has been accused of abuse of power, misusing government funds and racial profiling.
Arizona’s chief executive officer is Governor Jan Brewer. She is famously known for exhibiting her disdain for the president by wagging her finger in his face during a public encounter.
The state is represented in congress by senior Senator John McCain; a man who has never met a war he didn’t want to wage. Then candidate McCain is perhaps best known for singing “Bomb, bomb, bomb…bomb, bomb Iran” to the Beach Boys classic “Barbara Ann.”
The Great State of Arizona; where bigots, racists, war mongers and snow birds live in harmony.