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Old 02-25-2014, 08:06 PM   Topic Starter
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NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes

Call it what you want -- anti-gay or religious rights -- but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition.

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

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The Arizona Super Bowl Host committee released a statement saying it disagreed with the bill and its impact on Arizona’s economy.

“On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential,” a committee spokesperson said. “We do not support this legislation.”

Arizona is currently slated to host the 2015 Super Bowl at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium.

Opponents of the bill contend that it will allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to homosexual customers.

But, as with most bills in Congress, the attack ads have little to do with the actual legislation.

Proponents of the bill claim that no, businesses will not have carte blanche to refuse service to anyone they disagree with based on religious grounds.

Specifically, proponents claim that there is nothing in Arizona’s current laws that prevent businesses from discriminating against anyone — and yet, strangely enough, discrimination isn’t happening.

Apparently, businesses in Arizona have wanted to discriminate but have just been waiting for a bill to allow them to do so — which this bill does not. Also, what business would quietly wait to discriminate?

“Business owners do not want to deny service to gays,” the Christian Post wrote. “This is not because they fear government sanction. Rather, it is because: 1) Their religious, ethical or moral beliefs tell them it is wrong to deny service; and/or, 2) the profit motive — turning away customers is no way to run a business.”

Sounds like the opponents — and the NFL — need to take a knee.


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Old 02-25-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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Why the hell, is the NFL getting so involved in politics these days? This after the penalty for racial slurs being considered. WTF? Pussy league.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #3
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Why the hell, is the NFL getting so involved in politics these days? This after the penalty for racial slurs being considered. WTF? Pussy league.
They are in the entertainment industry and they don't want to be on the wrong side of a controversial issue.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #4
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They are in the entertainment industry and they don't want to be on the wrong side of a controversial issue.
Oh they don't need to even take a side. Just stay out of it. Taking any side just makes an enemy of the other side. Really, this is a very bad idea.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:16 PM   #5
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:02 PM   #6
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Good. If there is time to do so, they should.

Then they can move it to KC
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:17 PM   #7
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Oh they don't need to even take a side. Just stay out of it. Taking any side just makes an enemy of the other side. Really, this is a very bad idea.
They're a business. This is actually a great way to settle this without even involving federal law. Let Arizona feel the brunt of enacting discriminatory law. Money talks, bullshit walks.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:27 PM   #8
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No they're trying to put pressure on politically as in a political boycott. That's not the same as someone in the market voting with their feet because they were not serviced adequately or denied service because of some gender, race or sexual preference.
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They're a business. This is actually a great way to settle this without even involving federal law. Let Arizona feel the brunt of enacting discriminatory law. Money talks, bullshit walks.
That seems like an odd position for a guy who's generally libertarian.
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. Let Arizona feel the brunt of enacting discriminatory law. .
What's discriminatory ? Since when does invoking religious freedom that is protected by the Constitution, NOW become discriminatory ? Heterosexuality has no special protected rights in the Constitution so why should Homosexuality ?

See the bigger picture Listo and the scam that gay marriage is in order to gain power(legal special rights) by special interest groups(Gays) in order to continue the march of Progressivism and it's neutering of Judeo/Christian values of this country.
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Precisely. It's the market in action.
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Oh they don't need to even take a side. Just stay out of it. Taking any side just makes an enemy of the other side. Really, this is a very bad idea.
Why do you need to take a side on what the NFL does?
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Oh they don't need to even take a side. Just stay out of it. Taking any side just makes an enemy of the other side. Really, this is a very bad idea.
This is exactly what a free market looks like.

Arizona takes a controversial stand, NFL weighs the impact on its business and makes a business decision. Arizona feels the economic heat.

The tide of public opinion has turned, especially among young people who the NFL most wants to court.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:31 PM   #15
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This is exactly what a free market looks like.

Arizona takes a controversial stand, NFL weighs the impact on its business and makes a business decision. Arizona feels the economic heat.

The tide of public opinion has turned, especially among young people who the NFL most wants to court.
No, this is a political statement to force someone to bend to your stands politically. Free market is about products, and services -- not getting others to bend to your political will or you won't buy.
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