Wednesday, the Arizona Senate voted to allow statewide discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. Intended by conservative Christians to legalize antigay bigotry and undo lgbt protections, the bill inadvertently also creates a free zone for followers of Sharia Law and Satanism to refuse services to anyone based on their beliefs. It passed along party lines, 17 to 13. The Arizona Republic penned an editorial urging governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill -- on economic grounds, because the hate might discourage Google from choosing Scottsdale for their massive new fiber-optic project.
Eight other states have proposed similar ploys. The Kansas and Idaho bills extend the right of refusal beyond the private sector to police, firefighters, teachers, county clerks, librarians, and DMV, in short, every state or county employee. It passed the Kansas House last week but won't proceed in the Senate.
Also: Nevada, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and even Oregon.