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Idaho Lawmaker Introduces Bill That Would Allow Religion-Based Discrimination Against Gays

Idaho Republican Rep. Lynn Luker has introduced a bill in Idaho that would allow religious-based discrimination against gays, Al Jazeera reports:

LukerRepublican Rep. Lynn Luker introduced the legislation, and said the bill is meant to "protect persons holding occupational licenses in the exercise of their religious freedom." The Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses manages certifications for professional boards from social workers to doctors. The bill does not apply to emergency responders and will not prevent Idahoans from being fired if they choose to deny service based on religious reasons. Additionally, it does not authorize the "intentional infliction of emotional or physical injury."

Wrote Luker in a blog post:

With government mandates of all types forcing religiously faithful people to violate the tenants of their faith, including the forced subsidizing of contraceptives and termination of life, interference with faith based counseling, and compelled participation in same gender weddings, concern about refusing such mandates prompted the bill to protect the right to earn a living while staying true to a person’s faith.

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  1. I don't think "tenants" of their faith means what he thinks it means.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 1, 2014 4:04:54 PM

  2. "Faith based counseling" must mean "torturing people to induce change in sexual orientation/expression". I understand that, but what does he mean by "compelled participation in same gender weddings"? Oh--maybe that's requiring somebody whose job includes issuing licenses to DO the job.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 1, 2014 4:09:39 PM

  3. I am getting seriously sick of these idiots who think their particular brand of religion trumps all other religions. Freedom of Religion does NOT mean that you can run roughshod over someone else's religion (or lack thereof).

    One person's Rights end where they interfere with another person's Rights.

    Posted by: Aggiecowboy | Feb 1, 2014 4:13:15 PM

  4. Well isn't that special - just spreading all that good old Christian love around. I'm sure this is precisely what The Bible has in mind when it declares "Love they neighbor as thyself." Sweet. Buncha rank moronic hypocrites.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 1, 2014 4:29:00 PM

  5. Nope. Especially someone who wants a job that is professionally licensed. If they want that job, they need to do that job. This is not a theology.

    Posted by: JEFF YORK | Feb 1, 2014 4:57:01 PM

  6. OMG! and here I thought, I guess, mistakenly, religion is already protected........however, these right wingers want "extra" protection and permission to discriminate against the glbt community.........this kind of legislation is a total waste and overkill.......the fear/hatred these folks feel for our community is unbelievable.......

    Posted by: Bernie | Feb 1, 2014 5:12:42 PM

  7. These idiots are just out to appeal to the constituents who voted them in. Hopefully it serves as inventive for everyone else to vote these politicians out.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 1, 2014 5:23:44 PM

  8. JJ's right. This guy apparently has lodgers living in his faith.

    Well, I guess we can't expect bigorts to know how to spell.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 1, 2014 5:28:43 PM

  9. The pure ignorance of these fools would be funny if it didn't have such serious consequences.
    "tenants of their faith " ha ha ha.@ JJ : you bet !

    We need to call religion exactly what it is; specifically, the Christian religion started out and continued for centuries as a human sacrifice cult.
    The cult of human martyrdom was followed enthusiastically by burning any humans who disagreed with Christianity, .....the Albigensians the Cathars, the Jews in Spain, ........all human sacrifices to a primitive god or gods, the number of gods is not even agreed.
    Let's not give any respect to a human sacrificing cabal which has glorified in cruel hatred for centuries.
    We gays are lucky to live now, they would still like to burn us all if they could get away with it.
    Now all they've got left is a bill to allow discrimination against us; different consequences, same animus.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 1, 2014 5:33:40 PM

  10. Unconstitutional, period.

    Posted by: Robert M. | Feb 1, 2014 5:59:39 PM

  11. Religion is the most powerful right around--they so seriously want their superstition to be paramount, otherwise they would have to think like mature people instead of childish, mean-spirited people who want something to hide behind so that they can continue their bigotry.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Feb 1, 2014 6:37:37 PM

  12. Government requires no one to violate his faith because a person's faith is protected by the 1st amendment. However one person using religion as a reason to discriminate against another person violates FEDERAL law and will land that violator in a world of hurt in federal court where a stupid Idaho state law will be worthless as a defense. Once again Republican Tea Bagger neo-confederates foolishly think they can nullify federal law with state law. Anybody dumb enough to try this is going to face big fines and federal prison.

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 1, 2014 6:41:03 PM

  13. So if you have a strongly held religious belief that you deity wants the races to live apart (as Christians at one time maintained) does that mean you can refuse service to African-Americans? If you believe that women's place is in the home (perhaps wearing burqas) does that mean you can fire or refuse to hire women? I sincerely hope he will clarify this for every one. Religion is used as a justification for all kinds or discrimination.

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 1, 2014 6:58:07 PM

  14. illegal

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 1, 2014 7:04:34 PM

  15. "religiously faithful" - i.e.: mentally ill. Yawn, burp, scratch.

    Posted by: Geoff | Feb 1, 2014 7:43:04 PM

  16. Religion is culturally transmitted mental illness. It has just enough net social utility to persist, but "religious belief" is just a socially accepted form of insanity.

    Posted by: Jamal49 | Feb 1, 2014 7:50:43 PM

  17. Amendment I to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...

    Didn't he take an oath to uphold said Constitution?

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 1, 2014 8:19:17 PM

  18. Amendment I to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...

    Didn't he take an oath to uphold said Constitution?

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 1, 2014 8:19:18 PM

  19. Idaho Constitution

    Section 25. Oath of office. The members of the legislature shall, before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices, take or subscribe the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Idaho,

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 1, 2014 8:20:39 PM

  20. What does this turd-in-a-tie not get about "equal protection"?

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Feb 1, 2014 8:24:12 PM

  21. Further, believers need to understand that their bowing and praying and singing and tithing and bible-thumping is guaranteed ONLY to give them special privileges in heaven, not in a secular society like ours.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Feb 1, 2014 8:28:01 PM

  22. "...compelled participation in same gender weddings" Once again- you are VENDORS. You are not participants in ANYONE'S weddings. What next - the cashier at Target not selling mixed fabric clothing, or shellfish to customers because of Levitticus? VENDORS sell things to people - even people getting married- they are not invited to, or part of the wedding!

    Posted by: Frank | Feb 1, 2014 9:01:11 PM

  23. How about a bill to allow Christians to discriminate against Mormons?

    Posted by: simon | Feb 2, 2014 1:06:54 AM

  24. These laws are going to be struck down before the ink dries on them. They don't pass constitutional muster. It has already been well established in law that you cannot discriminate based on religion. Anyone who tries to use this, or any law like it, will be sued out of existence the first time they try to invoke it against someone.


    Posted by: Garst | Feb 2, 2014 2:46:40 AM

  25. my religion says discriminate against false prophets and bigots of the highest order....and my book of faith is THE BIBLE

    Posted by: L G. | Feb 2, 2014 5:31:18 AM

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