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Old 02-25-2014, 08:06 PM  
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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, 08:15 PM   #5
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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.
But they're taking a side in a controversial issue. If it's controversial, that means different people have different ideas. Do they not fear any backlash from those whom they are siding against?
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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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, 08:18 PM   #8
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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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But they're taking a side in a controversial issue. If it's controversial, that means different people have different ideas. Do they not fear any backlash from those whom they are siding against?

Obviously not. Nor do any of the other companies speaking out against the law and/or urging the Governor to veto it.
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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.
Having a penalty for racial slurs is "getting so involved in politics?" Next you'll tell me that it infringes on 1st Amendment rights. JFC, you are a ****ing moron.
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Not one part of that article says what the title says, really. The NFL official says "we're following the issue". The host committee is bellyaching, but are they going to run the Super Bowl and all the money that comes with it out of town, and off to another city? Right.
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But they're taking a side in a controversial issue. If it's controversial, that means different people have different ideas. Do they not fear any backlash from those whom they are siding against?
They probably are concerned about some backlash. Which makes such a stance even more admirable.
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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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Obviously not. Nor do any of the other companies speaking out against the law and/or urging the Governor to veto it.
That's true and it's quite amusing. Let's be frank: the NFL's target markets are white males in their 30s and 40s who drink beer and like women. I would bet if you polled fans at NFL games, they'd be more against gay marriage than the typical American is.


It's interesting how a nation where 20% of the nation is Liberal has every single organization sucking their shlongs publically. It just boggles the mind.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:26 PM   #15
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That's true and it's quite amusing. Let's be frank: the NFL's target markets are white males in their 30s and 40s who drink beer and like women. I would bet if you polled fans at NFL games, they'd be more against gay marriage than the typical American is.


It's interesting how a nation where 20% of the nation is Liberal has every single organization sucking their shlongs publically. It just boggles the mind.
I disagree with the age demographic. I think it is more 18 to 35-ish.
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