Arizona Senator Al Melvin went head to head with Anderson Cooper Monday night over a controversial Arizona bill legalizing discrimination, as long as one can find a way to work it into his or her professed religious beliefs. This legislation is aimed at giving “Christians” the opportunity to feel superior by refusing service to a person if they believe that person is somehow an affront to God.
While something similar has been tried, and has failed, in the southern United States already, Arizona legislators have elected to revamp and reboot Jim Crow–really make it pop for this century! This legislation has been almost universally denounced, including by George Takei. Takei promises to encourage a mass boycott of Arizona if Governor Jan Brewer signs the bill into law. Based on previous actions when Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Day in the 1980’s, it is likely that the Super Bowl may be moved elsewhere as a result of the state’s institutionalized bigotry.
One man who voted for the “religious freedom bill,” as the hatemongers have chosen to call it, is Arizona state senator and clueless idiot, Al Melvin. Melvin told Cooper “It’s nothing more and nothing less than protecting religious freedom in our state.” While can’t name a specific instance of someone who has been forced to do something against the religious beliefs or successfully sued because of their faith, Melvin sees the legislation as necessary because “we” have seen such occurrences all across the country–though he was unable to name any of those instances, either.
It’s OK, though. Arizona is really an accepting place. Discrimination doesn’t even exist there, according to Melvin.“I don’t know of anybody in Arizona who would discriminate against a fellow human being,” he lied.
Cooper pointed out that this legislation opens the door to much more than anti-LGBT discrimination. Under the law, as Cooper points out, someone could refuse a loan to an unwed mother or a divorced woman because Jesus actually said something about those topics, unlike gay marriage. Melvin pretended that the idea was preposterous, though a child could read the bill and see that Cooper’s hypothetical scenario could become a reality if Governor Brewer does not choose to do the right thing.
Melvin says that Christians do not oppose divorce, and want strong traditional marriages.
Melvin feels that the media is to blame for the negative reaction to the bill. Opposition, he says, exists “because there has become a media frenzy on this.”
Watch Mr. Melvin (who is running for Governor) embarrass his state below: