Is that controversial Arizona law being grossly misrepresented?


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A varied group of law professors say it is:


And, while I’m at it, here’s a very interesting Mormon take on the new law, which, as I write, may or may not soon be vetoed by Arizona’s Republican governor:



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  • Steven Barton

    The letter mentioned at Breitbart is here:

    In my opinion the letter is the first sane explanation of what the legislation intends to do.

  • palerobber

    Dan, instead of taking your cues about this law from the rightwing media cocoon, you really ought to be talking to people closer to home. did you happen to read Dallin Oaks’ BYUI devotional this week about religious freedom? once again, no mention of the religious exemptions from antidiscrimination laws.

    • palerobber

      btw, in addition to being out of step with Salt Lake on this one, the cocoon has mislead you in reporting that “SB1062 does not say that businesses can discriminate for religious reasons.”

      though of course SB1062 doesn’t “say” that outright, that’s the practical effect of its changing the definition of “Person” in Arizona’s Section 41-1493(5) from “includes a religious assembly or institution” to “includes any individual, association, **partnership**, **corporation**, church, religious assembly or institution or other **business organization**.”

      the law isn’t very long or complicated, Dan. you really should have just read it for yourself instead of going the confirmation bias route.

      • DanielPeterson

        If, by “rightwing media cocoon,” you mean that group of eleven law professors, you should probably look up their names and their political positions.

  • rockyrd

    “Grossly misrepresented?” Absolutely, but a public relations disaster for the state of Arizona where I live. Republicans in our legislature have tried to solve a problem that doesn’t exist here and should realize that they are going to stir a hornets nest when they do try. The media on the left has been very effective in making Arizona the Mississippi of the 21st century. Why have a reasoned discussion listening to both sides when we can stir anger and hatred to raise ratings? But then two guys on the extreme right named Limbaugh and Beck are quite good at that too.

    I have wondered how we would feel when a photographer or baker says, “I don’t do Mormon weddings.” I assume that person would be protected if Arizona’s law had passed. But protected from what? We wouldn’t sue.

    Not the greatest of bills, poor public relations and the media wins another one.

    • DanielPeterson

      I’m a conservative who leans libertarian on economic issues.

      And I do on this one, as well. I believe that business owners have the right to refuse service for whatever reason, good or bad — including to Mormons.