Rep. Gordon Denlinger wants to codify the bizarre Republican definition of discrimination in the Pennsylvania Constitution:
Republican Rep. Gordon Denlinger, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy, an elder in the Zeltenreich Reformed Church of New Holland, Pa., is circulating a memo seeking co-sponsors for his effort.
“Specifically, I plan to propose a new section in Article I – the Pennsylvania ‘bill of rights’ – that will prohibit government from punishing an individual or entity if the individual or entity makes hiring or other employment decisions, or provides services, accommodations (including housing accommodations), advantages, facilities, goods or privileges based on sincerely held beliefs,” the memo says.
Denlinger calls his proposal the “Freedom of Conscience Amendment.”
In other words, those whose conscience suggests that they act contrary to nondiscriminatory statutes are free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, free at last to do so.
Under this proposal, employers, storeowners, realtors, motel managers, etc., could deny jobs, groceries, homes or rooms to anyone (tall, short, pregnant, Catholic, Jewish, gay, Goth, Democrat, newspaper columnist) offending their beliefs.
Just as long as such beliefs are “sincerely held.”
To Denlinger, the real victims here aren’t the people getting unjustly fired or refused service by bigots. The victims are the bigots who might get sued for doing that stuff!
Also gotta love that it’s “sincerely held” beliefs and not just religious beliefs. So if somebody has a sincere belief that black people and white people shouldn’t eat in the same restaurants, he can refuse black people service and get away with it.
(via John Baer)