Tuesday, February 25, 2014
"Gay" in the News: NFL Threatens to Take Away
Arizona warning from NFL - "We have heard from our stakeholders". I wonder who that could be?
Big money apparently believes they can exert pressure and coercive threats against Arizona governor Jan Brewer to force her to veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently approved by Arizona Congress.
Arizona is currently slated to host the 2015 Super Bowl at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium. They stand to bring in significant revenue from hosting the party.
Opponents of the bill contend that it will allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to homosexual customers. The claim is, NO GAYS ALLOWED" signs will suddenly spring up unconstrained all over Arizona - even though the bill itself is all about protection of religious rights, and addresses nothing specific that relates to "gay rights" advocacy.
Without the power to bring government sanctioned righteous wrathful lawsuits down on the impending flood of discrimination and bigotry, they predict that everyone will suffer from injustice and bad karma, and probably athlete's foot.
Sadly, the negative rhetoric appears to bear little relation to the actual legislation. Vociferous opponents claim the law is nothing less than "Jim Crow" revisited. But perhaps in this instance, the crow has lost a few feathers.
Perhaps this occasions an opportunity for an honest public expression of public interest from all those who watch NFL games and use products advertised during the televised games. A note to the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might change a few sentiments. (National Football League, 280 Park Avenue Suite 12, New York, NY 10017-1216).
This approach seemed to work well in the case of Duck Dynasty and the Phil Robertson controversy.