cartoon by Chan Lowe, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Arizona's anti-gay bill (February 27, 2014)

This cartoon was already locked in and on its way to press by the time the news broke that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had vetoed her state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, better known as the “anti-gay bill.” Her last-minute show of common sense doesn’t mean we, as Americans, shouldn’t remain vigilant against eruptions of bigotry disguised as something else.

 

It’s significant that Gov. Brewer cited economic interests in her argument for the veto.

 


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It also tells you something about how far you’ve strayed as a people when it takes a group of businessmen to guide you back to the path of righteousness.

 

Brewer’s eleventh-hour decision wasn’t just a victory for equality, it was also a victory for the Founding Fathers’ concept of separation of powers. Clearly, members of the Arizona Legislature had gotten caught up in a mob mentality. Three Republican senators who voted for the bill publicly recanted after experiencing what must have been withering blowback. To be charitable, they may have come to their senses after prayerful consideration.

 

The Bible says a few things about being gay. It also says that wearing cotton-polyester blend clothing is a sin. Significantly, Jesus had no comment on the issue. I wouldn’t want to put words in His mouth, but I’m guessing that — since now only the most benighted among us still believe that being gay is a “lifestyle choice” — He would counsel the multitudes that His father had created gay people for reasons beyond mere mortals’ ability to discern, and that an offense against them was tantamount to an offense against Him.

 

What responsible people must do is stand and fight when fighting is necessary. At the same time, they must continue to seek opportunities to educate as they arise — for therein lies deliverance from the bonds of hatred.