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Mississippi Governor Signs Pro-Discrimination “Religious Liberty” Bill

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The discrimination-enabling bill we discussed last Friday has been signed by Governor Phil Bryant who says the bill “merely reinforces the rights which currently exist” but that couldn’t be any further from the truth.

“This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizen of this state under federal or state laws,” Bryant claimed in a statement. “The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived.”

The governor’s assertion that the legislation is designed in the “most targeted manner possible” is really quite amazing.

This so-called “religious liberty” bill is worded so broadly that it would even enable discrimination against unwed straight couples. The bill states that “sexual relations are properly reserved” to marriage between a man and a woman.

“Government interference in the lives of people” is exactly what this bill is intended to enable. The only way the governor’s statement seems true is if you believe a government or private employee refusing service to a gay or unwed couple does not interfere with their lives.

It’s liberty for me, not for thee.

  • Draxiar

    This is EXACTLY the kind of thing the dissenting opinion against the Hobby Lobby case stated would happen. Again, how does the court decide or even prove what is a “sincerely held religious belief”? All of these assholes are freaking out about Sharia Law overriding secular law (which isn’t happening) but they keep making it easier for it happen.

  • muselet

    The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived.

    If you believe that the state derives its power from Right-wing bigots, then that would be a true—well, true-ish—statement. Otherwise, it’s a load of cobblers.

    Years ago (long-time readers will recall this story), I saw a teenager in my hometown wearing a tee shirt which read, “Welcome to [name of city]. Please turn your watch back 200 years.” Maybe Mississippi should adopt that as its new state slogan.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I’ve said this before and I can’t think of anything original. A conservative defines freedom as the ability to control other people’s freedom.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

      Well said!

  • Georgie

    My feelings regarding Mississippi and North Carolina’s bullshit,

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