State-sanctioned discrimination



Through the United-states constitutional rights, citizens are entitled to their own religious freedom. That being said, everyone is able to receive service from any business as long as they meet the requirements for service. This article nevertheless goes against certain individual freedom rights given to every citizen in Arizona. I believe that the Arizona bill is upright disrespectable to various citizen within the state. Even if your religion forbids one of same-sex relationship, it should not follow through the services offered. The business is meant to offer benefits for both sides but to refuse others based on their sexual preference is irrational.


Everyone of every religion despite his or her sexual orientation should not let themselves become a victim or witness to such scandal. I believe that essentially this discrimination will only in effect reduce stability within the state itself. I believe that even though religion is an important aspect to many in their way of life, religion itself should not be allowed to affect others who do not believe in it. In what way would it be fair to be discriminated against for something just because your religion does not abide by someone else’s decision?  Should people with tattoos or plastic surgery also not be approved of certain services just because your religion is against it?  Should a Sikh business owner not provide service to everyone just because they cut their hair and it’s against their religion?


I believe that as religion becomes a set of beliefs and rituals, which one abides to within their lifestyle it does not necessarily have to extend to the involvement of others. In addition, its absurd to think that services such medical treatment can be denied. This issue can be a matter of life and death and a conflict of religion belief should not be able to interfere with it. A matter of such caliber should be able to bypass conflicts such as these to a certain extent.  


The Republicans say that this bill was put in order for religion freedom rather than discrimination but I believe it will only generate more conflicts.  I believe that nothing good can possibly come out of it; United-states are only bound to have an increase in the amount of discriminations within the country. Religion should not the cause of such conflicts among citizens but instead clear the spiritual path for those in who believe in it.


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2 thoughts on “State-sanctioned discrimination

  1. This is an interesting article and post, that I feel delves right to the matter of our present study of religion in RELS 205 and continues the dialogue surrounding religious debate in the world today. What I mean by this is that ultimately, Kant’s definition of religion came to mind when reading this post, as this bill, in my view, rests on the pillar of religious freedom based on the belief that religious duties come from a divine and thereby are to be adhered to. While I don’t agree with the Arizona bill personally, I can understand how ones belief may make them uncomfortable or feel as if they’re going against the divine command by participating in certain activities which may imply the said individual is in agreement with them. I do feel this is an unfair bill to introduce, but from the perspective of the heavily religious, perhaps they feel this is the best way to avoid confrontation or legal trouble in the future for adhering to their beliefs.

    Nonetheless, this brings about the predominant issue in religion, finding a common ground that satisfies those who practice said religion and those who do not. For someone who doesn’t share the same religious beliefs as a business owner anticipating this bill, it is clear why that person would be offended. But from the perspective of a deeply religious owner who feels his services must carry forth his divine duty, it is also evident how introducing a bill such as the Arizona bill may imply greater freedom and respect for his religion. It is a very tricky topic, because you have two sides to the issue in which one is deeply rooted and intertwined in religious tradition and another which is more open and thus in conflict with the other.

  2. I agree with your assessment of what will happen in Arizona with this bill. This bill will only create further segregation and discrimination that the state itself is sanctioning. I can understand the state’s belief in religious freedom, but they should incorporate, like Canada, the right to and from religion instead of the varying laws that are within the different states. By allowing this bill it will create a slippery slope that could segue into other forms of discrimination, such as racial profiling, with the belief that an ethnic individual may be in a same-sex relationship. There is also no real parameters to this bill to determine who is in a same-sex relationship, or if it is only the opinion of the business. I found it ironic how the Republicans made mention that this law is to protect businesses from lawsuits and is also a stand for religious beliefs against the growing hostility towards it. Wouldn’t tolerance or even indifference by religious persons prevent religious animosity, and prevent lawsuits from even being an issue? What really confuses me is that I fail to see how refusing customers for this reason alone is a positive for businesses. By attending to these customers (potentially strangers), how is this affecting their religious freedom? And, are they not losing profit from homosexuals and all those opposed to this bill? Is the loss of business truly worth dismissing paying customers, who are in the store/restaurant/contact for only a brief time? It truly feels illogical to have this bill for only the sole purpose that the customer’s sexual orientation goes against the businesses’ beliefs. Religious freedom is the liberty to practice one’s own religion, not to enforce or condemn others for non-religious practice.

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