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Saturday, February 22, 2014

by R J Shulman

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – (PTSD News Service)   Not to be outdone by Arizona, which just passed legislation that allows a person or business to refuse service to homosexuals based upon religious beliefs, Alabama legislators have passed a law that makes it legal to do anything at all if it is part of the person’s closely held religious beliefs.  Senate Bill 666, which passed by a 21-14 margin, protects a person from being prosecuted for any action, no matter how extreme, if they claim it is part of their religious beliefs.

The Religious Freedom Act was pushed by Center for Alabama Policy, a conservative religious group, who have been vocal in their opposition to the federal government interfering in their life by giving “special protection to groups that God has clearly condemned,” said CAP President Merle Goats.  “It’s high time that activist federal judges stop their hostility toward people of faith.  To that end, we have been called by Jesus to take this bold step to stand up for God-fearing righteous people to be able to freely practice their religion,” Goats said.  

“While we salute our fellow Arizona Christians for passing their anti-gay bill,” said state Senator Michelle Horn, (R-Florence), “we need a bill with a wider scope that would protect a person from persecution not only if they refuse service to homosexuals and other blasphemers, but to protect our children from them, even if we have to kill Muslims, Jews, and women and Negroes who don’t know their place.”  Horn said that, “America still stands for the principle that religious beliefs matter for something and that we have a right to freely exercise our religious beliefs.”

The controversial bill was protested by about 30 people outside the legislative building in the state’s capital.  When asked why there weren’t more protesters, a spokesman for the ACLU who oppose the bill said that since he expected the bill to be signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley, people were afraid to show their opposition because there were members of the religious right who were there at the protest taking names and planning on soon to be legal ways to kick their ass.

When asked if the Religious Freedom Act would allow non-Christians such as Jews, Muslims or Unitarians to use their religious beliefs to attack Baptists, Clete Goams (R-Birmingham) who sponsored the legislation said, “of course not, this law if for Christians only as this is clearly a Christian country.”