WATER Statement on Arizona
Proposed Law in Arizona--"Not in the Name of Our God"
By Mary E. Hunt
Religious justification for the proposed law in Arizona simply does not exist. Rather, the issue rests on confusion, however willful, between the constitutionally protected freedom to practice religion and laws that forbid discrimination in the market place. The proposed throwback to centuries ago when persons were excluded because of distinguishing factors has no place in 21st century American life. Religious support for a law based on anti-LGBTIQ sentiments is intrumentalizing bigotry in the name of God. Before the courts have a chance to weigh in, let people of faith say, “Not in the name of our God.”