Michele Bachmann argues anti-gay bill is actually about tolerance

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Bachmann thinks businesses should have the right to not serve gays.
During an appearance on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show yesterday, Michele Bachmann used her unique brand of logic to argue on behalf of an Arizona bill that would've allowed businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

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"We need to respect both opinions," Bachmann said. "Just like we need to observe tolerance for the gay and lesbian community, we need to have tolerance for the community of people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs."

"This isn't one side or another," Bachmann continued. "What we're talking is tolerance on both sides and it is not tolerant to force people to violate their religious beliefs."

But the lame-duck congresswoman's opinion wasn't shared by Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who vetoed the controversial Republican-pushed bill shortly after Bachmann's CNN appearance.

"To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes," Brewer said in a statement. "However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want."

"Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is non-discrimination," Brewer continued.

In fact, even the usually unopinionated Blitzer made clear he disagreed with Bachmann's stance.

"Americans are very tolerant people, and there is religious freedom in our country," he said, telling Bachmann that, "On this one, I disagree."

Here's the video:



h/t -- Politico and CNN

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bradley
bradley

Someone wanna tell michelle bachman that this law would allow muslims and jews to deny christians service as well, don't think she'd be too happy on that one. Or maybe, she likes religious freedom a whole bunch. But maybe not since she.....doesnt.....like. religious freedoms for all? She's a confusing woman.

Vaticunt
Vaticunt

The Vaticunt folks spank themselves everyday and the religious bullies (Bitchmann included) think that masturbation is more sanctimonious than homosexuality?  lol.


Discrimination is against the law.  We don't need to tolerate the intolerant.  These bullies can go f themselves and move to the Vaticunt.

Mary MacCarthy
Mary MacCarthy

I hope most of them choose not to serve her. She is a disgrace and every time she opens her mouth she proves it -- over and over and over.

Tony LaLonde
Tony LaLonde

Of course humans have the right to associate with anyone they want or don't want. Who disagrees with this freedom?

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

It is safe to say the most if not all Michelle Bachman supporters suffer from what is known as The Dunning-Kruger effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect is the finding that the poorest performers are the least aware of their own incompetence. Layman's Translation: TOO STUPID TO KNOW HOW STUPID THEY REALLY ARE.

Jody Virnig
Jody Virnig

Does that mean she only serves White Hetro males ...and do I mean Service?

Craig Herrald
Craig Herrald

I have the right never to serve Michelle Bachman!

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

If we don't learn from history, it's bound to repeat itself. Rewind 50yrs ago...

Josh Bestol
Josh Bestol

Businesses DO have the right to refuse service for any reason, but that would most likely be a terrible business move. They can't, however, discriminate against a certain race or class.

Jake Barnett
Jake Barnett

Businesses run by homosexuals should be able to deny service to Christians, and vice versa. The social and cultural penalties would be large for anyone who actively refused to do business to entire blocs of people. It might actually lead to progress if we got to a point where people had to bear the brunt of their prejudices via the reputation of their business, rather than being able to hide behind their compliance with quotas and regulations.

Marti Jean
Marti Jean

Must say, I have never been a Michele fan.

Marti Jean
Marti Jean

A publically owned business is different than a "mom and pop" shop. Not sure where I stand on privately owned "big" stores...

Walter Hudson
Walter Hudson

Free association, ownership of your life and your use of it. Suffer the thought.

Bert Sorlien
Bert Sorlien

If given the choice, I'll take unsponsored intolerance over state sponsored intolerance.

Cräig Benttimäki
Cräig Benttimäki

Nice liberal biased framing here, AGAIN. City Pages, you kids need to stick to covering bars and bands and stay out of politics until you grow up and become real journalists.

Derek Lowen
Derek Lowen

As it should be, the business should have the right to choose.

Derek Lowen
Derek Lowen

It is the right of any company to choose who they cater to, a basic right, to take away that right is to simply inch more toward a dictatorship, the government should stay out of this.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Cool.. So when a Klan member or Eastboro Church member shows up and demands that you give them service.. It's A OK. 


Don't give them the service they expect or Eff with them.. You get sued.. 


Sorry kids not everyone agrees on everything.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

People are born gay. People aren't born religious or members of a hate group or both racist and a member of a hate group. People making these comparisons need an education.

Jeffrey Cowell
Jeffrey Cowell

After all, nothing says tolerance like tolerating intolerance

Don Eaton
Don Eaton

If these restaurants have that kind of power then they have the power to let us smoke inside too.

Tony Smoley
Tony Smoley

I agree with Mel Vee and Michelle Bachmann does not sound so stupid now does it ?

Geoff Becraft
Geoff Becraft

...the usually unopinionated Blitzer...??? Now that is funny. There are no news sources that don't seem to have opinions. I can't watch any of them anymore. This was a bad bill, had no chance of passing...yet it's the biggest news story on CNN over the last couple of days. As for Bachmann, she'll be gone soon...she has yet to articulate any position successfully and is bad for the Republican party.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

How is this bill and different than "Sorry we don't serve black people."

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

would you force a baker of African descent to bake a cake for a KKK rally?

Doug Black
Doug Black

...and in my religion I belive that anyone who continually demonstrates lower intelligence then a rock should be committed to state hospital. ..theres a bus that leaves at 5pm lady..

Andy Nield
Andy Nield

So you would be okay with restaurants displaying "No Coloureds" then

Karl Eggers
Karl Eggers

Such hateful words..."Karl"... But yes, if there was an anti-Karl business, I would quickly take my business elsewhere. It is not my right to buy their property.

Andy Nield
Andy Nield

I'm sure Jesus would approve of this. Didn't he tell his followers that they should be unreasonably cuntish to people they don't approve of ?

Cliff Spab
Cliff Spab

I agree with her if it is truly an independant biz. Not hiding behind some corporate name.

Kina Holywood
Kina Holywood

Well she could join the British ukip that blame the climate changes on gays ........seriously .....?

Kina Holywood
Kina Holywood

Doesn't she belong to that bunch of Christian evangelist that promotes Christian shiria law ...... Disease to this planets

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

MB, think about this.. if EastBoro church came to you to do a job what would you do?

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