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03/13/2014

FRC denies 'religious freedom' bills are intended to deny service—while linking to clip all about denying service to gay man

by Jeremy Hooper

Still in shock over GOP governor Jan Brewer's recent decision to veto her state's license-to-discriminate bill, the Family Research Council has dedicated a section of its weekly "prayer targets" to the matter. FRC's intention, for the umpteenth time, is to make the case that LGBT activists are lying when we say that bills like these were created by groups just like FRC so that likeminded business owners can deny service to LGBT customers whenever they are feeling too religiously anti-gay to perform the duties of their jobs.

So what does FRC do to help buoy its case? Well it links to a video ("The Baronelle Stutzman Story") that's all about a florist who did, in fact, deny a gay man who requested a floral arrangement for his upcoming ceremony. FRC writes/links/prays:

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[FRC Prayer Targets]

Pure silliness. They can use soft editing and a nice-sounding script all they want. But when they keep trotting out people who set up a shingle to do business but who decided that they will not sell the items that they purport to sell to certain kinds of customers for the pointed and precise reason of the customer's sexual orientation, then they are never, ever, ever, ever going to win this. Ever.

What FRC is really pissed about is the fact that their long held efforts to dupe America with spin did not work this time around—even with a conservative governor! People (including a lot of Republicans) saw the Arizona bill for its true intent, and people will continue to see all of these license-to-discriminate bills for what they are. FRC and its allies really overplayed their hands this time, and they are truly shell shocked by the changing America that is, at long last, turning on their decades of deceit. It is truly glorious to watch.

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