I wish I could say that, in this year of 2012, stories like this one surprise me, but they don’t. It’s more or less what I’d expect from Klansas, where Rushpubliscum lawmakers want to make it legal to shoot undocumented immigrants from helicopters, and any children of the ones who are shot down could then be starved to death. Sadly, when taken into the context of Klansas politics, this story is almost normal.
The idiots who believe that everybody ought to be allowed to do things because of “conscience” would be well-advised to remember a few things. Old Testament Jesusistanis believe that a woman’s place is in the home (when she isn’t in the stirrups,) for one thing. For another, fundie followers of many different sects consider brown skin to be a sure sign of some kind of a Godly curse. Shall we exempt THESE people from having to hire women, or minorities? After all, we can’t force THEM to do something that they find to be morally objectionable, can we? What if one of these “righteous” people is an EMT, and there’s a minority child bleeding to death on a playground? Can we really ask them to try to save an accursed one?
The Kansas House on Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow a religious defense to discriminate against gays.
Two Lawrence representatives attacked the bill, called the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, as an attempt to destroy a city of Lawrence anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation.
In an impassioned speech, state Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, said, “I am very proud of my Lawrence community, and I’m very proud of the ordinance that we passed.” Ballard added, “Discrimination is an injustice. It is an injustice to everyone.”
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said, “I don’t believe it is ever right to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation.”
But State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, defended his bill, saying it was meant to make sure government could not infringe on an individual’s religious beliefs.
“Free exercise of religion is at the core of who we are as a people,” Kinzer said.
Davis asked Kinzer if under Kinzer’s bill an apartment owner could cite his religious beliefs to fight a complaint if he refused to rent to a same-sex couple.
“That is generally correct,” Kinzer said.
Davis said that was unfair to the city of Lawrence, which is the only city in Kansas that has an anti-discrimination ordinance designed to protect people based on sexual orientation.
State Rep. Charlie Roth, R-Salina, said that Kinzer’s legislation was “homophobic” and that it will hurt Kansas’ image. “It sends the message that Kansas is not welcoming. Kansas will become known as the land of the pure as defined by the few,” Roth said.
I don’t know who Charlie Roth is, but he’s a pretty damned brave man, taking that kind of a stand. The Democrats who went along with this, of course, are jelly-spined milquetoast pussies who need to switch over to their true ideological home.
In this country, where there are so many REAL problems that need REAL solutions, Rushpubliscums continue to pursue pogroms against women, minorities, and gay American citizens. Do you suppose they’ll be debating some kind of hateful legislation when the hordes overwhelm security and head for the Capitol floor?