Judson Phillips, president of Tea Party
Nation, has claimed that by vetoing a bill Arizona Governor Jan
Brewer has enslaved Christian business owners.
Arizona's bill, known as SB 1062,
created a firestorm of controversy after lawmakers approved it late
last week. Supporters claimed that the bill was needed to protect
religious liberty. But in vetoing the bill, Brewer said that it does
“not address a specific and present concern related to religious
liberty” and that its broad language “could result in unintended
and negative consequences.”
Opponents pointed out that the measure
would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against gay
In a blog post, titled Tyranny, the
loss of liberty and Arizona's SB1062, Phillips called Brewer a
“coward” for not signing the bill.
“The left and the homosexual lobby in
America went into overdrive to kill this bill,” Phillips
wrote. “Conservatives rallied for this bill and Governor
Brewer opted for cowardice instead of courage.”
Phillips claimed that without the law
people, presumably Christians, cannot control their labor.
“The left and the homosexual lobby
are both pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of 'tolerance'
“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? 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
Phillips concludes with “tyranny [is]
on the march.”
Of course, none of these scenarios have
happened in Arizona, where gay couples are not allowed to marry and
employers can legally fire a worker for being gay.