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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Editor of Pro-Segregation National Review Says the Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Was a Really Good Idea

Posted by on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Rich Lowry, the editor of the pro-segregation conservative magazine National Review, has written an editorial for Politico protesting Jan Brewer's veto of the anti-gay bill. As an exercise in self-delusion, the editorial is a masterpiece. As a coherent argument, it's a failure. Lowry opens the piece by saying the bill didn't even have anything to do with gay people:

Clocking in at barely two pages, [the bill] was easy to scan for disparaging references to homosexuality, for veiled references to homosexuality, for any references to homosexuality at all.

They weren’t there. A headline from The Week declared, “There is nothing Christian about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.” It would be more accurate to say that there was nothing anti-gay about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.

But by the end of the piece, Lowry has whipped himself into a lather about the gays. He can't stop writing about gay people. Which is weird, considering the fact that the bill supposedly had nothing to do with gay people, right? Anyway, Lowry says this problem is best solved by, you guessed it, the market:

The market has a ready solution for [gay] couples [who were discriminated against]: There are other bakers, photographers and florists. The wedding business is not exactly bristling with hostility to gay people. If one baker won’t make a cake for gay weddings, the baker across town can hang a shingle welcoming all couples for all types of weddings.

What if "across town" is "four towns away?" What if "won't serve gay weddings" also means "won't serve Jewish weddings?" Or "won't serve interracial weddings?" As Lowry points out, the bill didn't specifically cite gayness, so what's to stop religious reasons stretching to encompass race? It's a dumb bill, and Lowry's willingness to tie himself to it as it disappears beneath the tides of history is a truly perplexing decision.


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fletc3her 1
The bill is dog whistle politics. It's mean to appeal to low information Fox News viewers who are convinced their religious freedoms are under attack. Yes, it's stupid and doesn't actually change much. Bigotry is already legal in Arizona. Gay people can't even get married in Arizona.

But, dog whistle politics doesn't work too well when the whistle is heard. Everybody knows the intent of the bill's authors and that is what people are complaining about. The actual text of the bill is nearly beside the point.

It's always funny when politicians complain about people playing politics.
Posted by fletc3her on February 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM · Report this
Looking For a Better Read 2
What if, instead of a baker, it's an emergency room doctor? What if, instead of a cake, it's an insurance policy, a mortgage, or an apartment? Admittedly I did not read the bill, but I would be surprised to learn that it was written to narrowly include only trivial trades and products.
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on February 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
OT - apparently court ruling today in Kentucky- recognition of same sex marriages from other states in K Y. The bricks may not be falling yet, but they''re getting mighty loose!
Posted by pat L on February 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM · Report this
Dougsf 4
He's suggesting the Market settles even matters of morality. Noted.
Posted by Dougsf on February 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM · Report this
And what would the religious extremists do if an atheist or a Muslim refused to provide service to a Christian? "We're being persecuted!" You can't win with these people.
Posted by Escapee from S. Idaho on February 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM · Report this
treacle 6
Brewer was right in that it was an incredibly poorly written bill which enabled a whole host of unintended consequences. There's a recent example of this too, so it's surprising this bill got as far as it did. The Xtians are lucky --lucky!, I tell you!-- that she vetoed it. They would have been made a laughingstock in short order.
Posted by treacle on February 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 7
I was looking forward to a nationally televised signing ceremony in which Governor Crypt Keeper--hair teased a mile high--drops the pen after signing, thrusts both her bony arms towards the Heavens, and begins speaking in tongues as her eyes roll around in their sockets and her desiccated cadaver convulses like a Walking Dead zombie. A black hole opens directly above her and the entire Capitol building implodes, leaving only smoking crater behind.
Posted by Original Andrew on February 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Oh, but the market DID solve it. Arizona politicians wanted to throw the white pointy-hooded sheets over their heads yet again and corporate America-- from Apple and the major airlines to the NFL-- yanked back their leash good and hard. Rule # 1: Jesus is all fine and dandy, but when it comes down to Jesus vs. Money in the Republican party, it ain't the dude with the cross and sandals who wins. And THAT'S the way the market works, Mr. Lowry.
Posted by bobbyjoe on February 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM · Report this
AFinch 9
In a way, it's kind of sad, because once upon a time - in the last John Bircher GOP Dark Ages - WF Buckley was a voice of rational, fact-and-reality-based conservative thought. And while that's a tiny minority on the right - something which has always kept the NR teetering on the brink of solvency - the NR was an outlet of thoughtful contrarianism.

Today Buckley's heirs - faint shadows who effectively mimic WFB's wordplay (like George Will), mistaking convoluted syntax for complex thought - aren't capable of anything more than weak sophistry and pandering to the bigotry of the batshit base. Time for NR to go under, once and for all.
Posted by AFinch on February 28, 2014 at 6:08 AM · Report this

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