Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips lambasted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for her veto
of the state's Religious Freedom Act, along with the "left and homosexual lobby in America" that was in "overdrive to kill this bill."
"Governor Brewer opted for cowardice instead of courage," Phillips said on the Tea Party Nation's website
Thursday night. "Come to think of it, the word courageous and Jan Brewer have probably never been uttered in the same sentence."
Phillips said the bill is about freedom. "A free man or woman decides who they will work for and under what conditions," he said. "The slave cannot.
The legislation was a response to a case in New Mexico, where a lawsuit was allowed against a Christian photographer who refused to photograph a gay commitment ceremony, and Arizona decided to take preemptive action, Phillips said.
"The storm rose against Arizona and Jan Brewer proved she was no Ronald Reagan," Phillips said.
Instead, she didn't call the bluff of businesses such as Apple Inc., which "gives 96 percent of its political giving to Democrats," he said.
"The left...tried to equate sexual preference with race," and "loves to come up with absurd hypotheticals" to prove their point, he said.
"So how about a couple from our side?" said Phillips?
"Should a devout baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of" genitalia, Phillips said. "Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior? Would they force a Jewish photographer to work a Klan or Nazi event? How about forcing a Muslim caterer to work a pork barbeque dinner?"
The bill "was never about discrimination,"
Phillips said, but about freedom. Further, "the most common victims of the left wing homosexual assault on freedom have been Christian bakers and photographers. These are not uncommon skills. In even the most rural areas you can find them."
But now, articles are being published in photography magazines about catering to same-sex weddings, Phillips said.
"If a photographer or baker doesn’t want to take a particular job, liberty says they have the right to decide how their labor is used," Phillips said. "Slavery is when the state tells them their labor will be used whether they like it or not."
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