Arizona Governor Jan Brewer disappointed some members of the conservative Christian community when she vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday night, which proponents argued would better protect religious freedom interests, while opponents claimed would make it easier to discriminate against the LGBT community.
It is unclear the extent to which Brewer's own Christian faith might have played a role in her decision to kill the bill, though it is likely she talked to God about it. A New York Times story from 2010 stated that "before announcing big decisions [Brewer] often mentions that she prayed over them."
"I firmly believe that God has placed me in this powerful position of Arizona's governor to help guide our state through the difficulties that we are currently facing," she told a meeting of Lutheran pastors in September 2009. more >>
Ten Christian leaders sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he called for expanding religious freedom abroad. They also urged him to pay greater attention to his own policies that are infringing upon the religious freedom of his own citizens.
"As religious leaders we write to express our appreciation to you for lifting up the issue of international religious liberty in your recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast," they wrote.
The letter specifically thanks Obama for mentioning prisoners Saeed Abedini and Kenneth Bae, and for announcing that he will soon name a new ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom. more >>
I don't venture too much into politics in my writing… or even in my own personal thought life. I really just don't care; which is probably due to my young age and my ignorance about the political terminology being thrown around in the news. But the recent talk of Arizona's SB1062 and other changes in legislature regarding gay marriage (and the twitter warfare among a few high profile Christians surrounding them all) has finally got me thinking on these things.
As I've seen people (Christians) like Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt advocating against SB1062, and others advocating in favor of SB1062 (the more popular Christian response to these issues), I've tried to step back and objectively see things from both perspectives. And as I've done that, I've found that I sympathize with both sides.
From a secular worldview, which does not adhere to Christian doctrine or Christian morality, it would most certainly be discriminatory to be denied service based on sexual/relational gender preference. Because based on this worldview, sexual/relational gender preference is morally neutral. more >>
Under pressure from gay rights advocates, politicians and business interests, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer put an end to mounting speculation Wednesday evening when she announced that she vetoed the state's controversial religious freedom bill S.B. 1062.
At about 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday Gov. Brewer announced from her Twitter account: "Moments ago, I vetoed #SB1062." She included a photo of herself with the document sitting at her work desk.
In a statement on her decision at a press conference, Brewer apologized to supporters of the bill and pointed to her record on protecting religious freedoms in the state. She conceded that after careful evaluation of the bill and its implications it was the "RIGHT" thing to do. more >>
Last week, a reporter who said he wanted to interview me about President Obama's statement that "homosexuality is a human right" called me. He said that the president's recent comments about the situation in Uganda elevated homosexuality to the level of a "human right" or a "universal fundamental freedom." My remarks were simply that the president of the United States has the responsibility to represent the entire nation. When he states his personal beliefs and values and presents those as representative of the United States of America, the full force of his office is behind those statements. It is clear that the beliefs of the president about "human rights" are controversial in his own country and offensive to many both in the U.S. and abroad, and serve to promote the political homosexual agenda worldwide. Claiming that homosexuality is a "human right" is an affront, even a mockery, of¬¬ those Judeo-Christian values that have been the foundation of virtually all Western civilizations across time and cultures.
That critique is not an endorsement of Ugandan law. Concerned Women for America (CWA) supports the human rights of everyone, including homosexuals. The president should have criticized brutality (though he has not done that in some other notable international incidents) without embracing and promoting the political agenda of a relatively small special interest group.
Human rights are granted to us from God, not man or government; that is why religious liberty and freedom of speech are such important principles. Religious liberty and freedom of speech were so important to the Founders that those principles are foundational in the United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson started the momentum toward that position in the Declaration of Independence. It is a foundational principle that religious liberty and freedom of speech are from God, not man. Human rights are the implication of our God-ordained freedom, not vice versa. more >>
A group of 11 law professors, both liberal and conservative, have written a letter to Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) explaining that she is being deceived by many of the critics of S.B. 1062, who have described the bill as "gay discrimination."
"Some of us are Republicans; some of us are Democrats. Some of us are religious; some of us are not. Some of us oppose same-sex marriage; some of us support it. Nine of the eleven signers of this letter believe that you should sign the bill; two are unsure. But all of us believe that many criticisms of the Arizona bill are deeply misleading," the letter states.
Brewer must decide whether to sign, veto or not sign (which would make it become law) S.B. 1062, which makes some changes to the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. more >>