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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No One in Arizona Would Discriminate Against Anyone

Posted by on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:30 AM

And that's why Mr. Potato Head here backed a new law that would allow Arizonans to discriminate against anyone if they can justify their hatred with a "sincerely held religious beliefs" dodge—the law would allow people to discriminate against anyone, really, but the haters in Arizona are targeting gay people.

Anderson makes a great point: LGBT people aren't protected from discrimination in Arizona. So it's perfectly legal for Arizona business owners and individuals to discriminate against gay people in the provision of goods and services wedding cakes and B&B accommodations. Which means this divisive, idiotic new law that legalizes faith-rationalized discrimination is completely unnecessary. The haters in Arizona already have free rein.

Part two of Anderson's must-watch interview with that potato-faced white turd... after the jump.

 

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Dr. Z 1
...if there's anybody watching.
Posted by Dr. Z on February 25, 2014 at 5:43 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 2
Remember kids, your deeply held religious belief will allow you to discriminate against a Heterosexual in Arizona. This is going to be interesting.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 25, 2014 at 6:05 AM · Report this
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Can we just invade Arizona and put the idiots into re-education camps already?
Posted by NineOneFour on February 25, 2014 at 6:07 AM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 4
Someone should develop a "Report the Haters" app. You can add video, photos, a description of service you were refused etc. Maybe a mini Yelp for hateful businesses. Gays and non-gays can use the app to know what businesses to avoid.

Or maybe use Yelp itself, and maybe Yelp could add a "discrimination" category.

But maybe opening this up to tech and the free market isn't as good as a anti-discrimination court ruling though....
Posted by runswithnailclippers on February 25, 2014 at 6:28 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 5
They should've started pumping thorazine into the water supply 20 years ago. Now it's too late.
Posted by Original Andrew on February 25, 2014 at 6:31 AM · Report this
Clara T 6
At least it's a dry hate ....
Posted by Clara T on February 25, 2014 at 6:36 AM · Report this
nocutename 9
Thanks, #6. You made my morning!

I think I just figured out who the unregistered troll is: Dan Quayle. It's the misspelling of "potato" as "potatoe" that finally revealed him.
Posted by nocutename on February 25, 2014 at 7:11 AM · Report this
10
Oh dear.... Every time he said SIR I shuddered
Posted by Hopiwan on February 25, 2014 at 7:12 AM · Report this
Clara T 11
And meanwhile in Uganda draconian anti-gay legislation has just been signed into law. We need to to stop giving money (400 mil a year to Uganda, big tourist bucks to Arizona) to both of these places.
Posted by Clara T on February 25, 2014 at 7:13 AM · Report this
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"but but but this law is to protect people who want to discriminate against the gays. Who would want to discriminate against an unwed mother?" I had to stop watching because I found myself almost feeling bad for Potato Head ... he clearly isn't mentally equipped to handle AC.
Posted by So-called Claire on February 25, 2014 at 7:16 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 13
On the plus side, Arizona right wing anti-choice laws have again been overruled by the courts. Republicans must stop their attacks on freedom.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 25, 2014 at 7:35 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
Also, this is why we must impress on progressives to get out the vote these mid-term elections. They are every bit bit as important as presidential elections in determining which way our government will go.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 25, 2014 at 7:43 AM · Report this
Sandiai 15
CNN videos crash my computer. Here's the youtube of #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJm8w50Y…

Also, was Melvin drunk?
Posted by Sandiai on February 25, 2014 at 7:46 AM · Report this
Posted by Sandiai on February 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM · Report this
Sandiai 18
BTW, Tucson's totally cool. I'm wondering if the proposed new law countermands the few local anti-discrimination statutes.
Posted by Sandiai on February 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM · Report this
rob! 20
@18, even if, places like Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria there in Tucson are ready:

http://www.bilerico.com/2014/02/az_pizze…

(Sign: "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators")
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on February 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this
21
Lord, this is the "stand your ground" law of discrimination. Say the secret word, and discriminate at will.
Posted by bpinsea on February 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM · Report this
22
" interview with that potato-faced white turd" - really? Somehow being white is contributing to his gay-bashing? I agree he's turd-like, and potato-faced - but what's being white got to do with anything?

Let's try to cut down on racist language when describing bigots - it's stupid. And bigoted.
Posted by ECarpenter on February 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 23
@21 - Some interpretations suggest that it means any and all laws in Arizona are moot, provided you claim sincerely held religious beliefs. The law as written doesn't even require that you back that up with any scripture or written dogma, just the assertion that your god approves of your behavior.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on February 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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Rural and suburban Arizona versus Phoenix and Tucson.

Gotta say, this guy is no Anita Bryant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anita_Bryan…

What are the odds of him actually winning?
Posted by six shooter on February 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
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@22: Indeed. Particularly when homophobia is quite prevalent in among non-whites, and in particular African Americans.

Posted by bigyaz on February 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 27
If Jan Brewer does the only sensible political and legal thing and veto this bill - which I think she will do, could the Arizona legislature then override it?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Report this
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@25 You know, keep hearing white racist homophobes blaming black people for homophobia, but all these crazy homophobe politicians are white.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
treefort 30
His level of cognitive dissonance is staggering. But why bother doing interviews if you make zero attempt to answer questions.
Posted by treefort on February 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
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@21 "I clearly felt that my Christian heterosexuality and my marriage were threatened by the gay person to whom I was required to provide goods and services in the course of my job!"
Posted by Jenkitty on February 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 33
@6 FTW
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on February 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 34
@28: Well, maybe not so much in Arizona but certainly in Uganda!
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM · Report this
very bad homo 35
They have their own reality in AZ. It's a bizarre and backwards place.
Posted by very bad homo on February 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM · Report this
36
@35 -- Stop living in deserts, People! The voice you hear is sun-stroke, not Jesus.
Posted by six shooter on February 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
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@22: What color are your turds generally? (If white, please see a doctor immediately.)
Posted by chi_type on February 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
very bad homo 38
And this potato head is running for Governor? Get your shit together, Arizona.
Posted by very bad homo on February 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Knat 39
In defense of the AZ legislator's poor performance, it is very hard to stand there and say that when you have no leg to stand on. /snark
Posted by Knat on February 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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I think referencing that this guy is white is fair. Straight white males always have been and still largely are the rule and law makers in this country. And as a member of this group, he hasn't encountered the sort of discrimination his law is trying to cover for. Having never been a minority he doesn't know what it's like to be threatened in this way.

Posted by Velvetbabe on February 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM · Report this
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It is interesting what a poor spokesperson he is for his own law. He doesn't even appear to have the talking points down.

Posted by Velvetbabe on February 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM · Report this
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I do think it was hilarious towards the end of the first clip that Mr. Potatohead insisted that there was no discrimination of any kind in Arizona. Cooper could barely contain his eyerolling. Dude went on to suggest that Anderson should move to Arizona because apparently it's more "people-friendly."

Wow.
Posted by Tehanu on February 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM · Report this
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@34: You need to educate yourself about where the Uganda law came from. I'll give you a hint: WHITE PEOPLE
Posted by Hanoumatoi on February 25, 2014 at 5:58 PM · Report this

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