March 4, 2014 6 a.m.
All the media talking heads and many politicians were speaking about Arizona's "religious rights" bill, which was vetoed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer, as being focused only on the discrimination against LGBT people. The language of that bill, however, made no mention of specific genders, skin color, sexual preference, ages, etc. It could have allowed corporation CEOs, individuals, business owners, medical personnel, public service employees, you name it, to discriminate in treatment and provision of services to any individual, group or class if the discriminator claimed they were acting in the practice of their religious beliefs. Thus, Latinos, blacks, Asians, Irishmen, Polish, Italians, Jews, Mormons, Sikhs, Catholics, Episcopalians, Gypsies, women of all color, and red-headed stepchildren could be fair game targets for discrimination.