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Watch: CNN Anchor Explains To Anti-Gay Group That Same-Sex Marriage Is Not A KKK Rally

by David Badash on February 24, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

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Speaking about Arizona‘s wide-sweeping anti-gay bill, SB 1062, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo this morning was forced to explain to a representative of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF, and formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) that a same-sex wedding is not the same as a KKK rally, and asking a photographer to take photos of one is not the same as asking a photographer to take photos of the other.

ADF attorney Kellie Fiedorek told Cuomo there’s “a basic difference between denying someone a cup of coffee or a piece of pizza or selling someone a pencil versus forcing someone to use their creative ability to create a message to support an event, to support an idea that goes against their beliefs.”

I mean, think about, for example, we would not force a Muslim to participate in a Koran-burning ceremony. We wouldn’t ask a black photographer and force them to go take a picture of KKK event. This is America and America we should be able to live freely and not be forced to endorse ideas.

Cuomo couldn’t hold back any longer. “Counselor, tell me that you’re not analogizing burning a Koran or the KKK with gay marriage? Do you really see those things as the same thing?”

Fiedorek added that “bill simply protects those freedoms and allows people to live according to their faith without the government coming in and saying what you can and cannot believe.”

Sure. So, if you believe that Black people, women, Muslims, gay people, or yes, Catholics or Christians are, hmm, shall we quote Ted Nugent and say, “sub-human mongrels,” just as an example, the bill — if Gov. Jan Brewer signs it — says not only are you allowed to believe that, but you’re legally allowed to act on those beliefs by refusing to work with, serve, or do business with anyone who is Black, a woman, a Muslim, gay, Catholic, or Christian.

That’s just merely “protecting freedom!”

Cuomo wasn’t letting Fiedorek’s claims stand.

“It allows people to not do business with gays is what it allows,” he told her. “Your organization has a history of trying to hedge the ability to deal with gay marriage and gay rights in the country. All somebody has to do is Google your organization. So let’s just be open and honest about it. Why is dealing with gays or gay marriage out to a substantial burden of someone’s religion? Whose religion does that burden?”

And Fiedorek also claimed this:

“Under this bill that no one would be able to deny anyone services. They couldn’t say no to a cup of coffee.”

She also claimed these following gems — which, having read the bill, I find to be false:

“This law is about protecting religious freedom and protecting the dignity of every single person.”

“It will not deny anyone any service. No one will be kicked out of a restaurant or denied a cup of coffee or piece of pizza.”

“What this bill is advocating for is basic freedom, ensuring that everyone is respected and that the government is not allowed to force or to coerce or compel anyone to violate their beliefs or to go against their conscience. This is basically to keep the government from discriminating against people of faith.”

Fiedorek, for the record, is not just a hired mouthpiece, but a bad one at that.

In 2011, speaking as a staff attorney for the anti-abortion organization Americans United for Life (AUL), said, “I think it’s [curtailing abortion rights] completely in line with the desire to focus on jobs, because we are in a financial crisis, so this ensures that federal taxpayer funds are going to things that are important to the American people and not to something like abortion.”

Cue the right wing media’s cries of “doesn’t get how religious freedom works“…

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BJLincoln February 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

This young lady has to be a product of indoctrination from birth into a sick brand of Christianity. I almost feel sorry for her.

Mykelbarber February 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The ADF is the legal arm of every Christian hate group in these United STates and are equivalent to Hans Frank in Hitler's Germany.

MadeInSanDiego February 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Yeah. And then they have the NERVE to go push their sick agendas on other Countries. We need to Blame them…as well as these GUTLESS…and GULLIBLE countries that allow them to come in… disrupt….and then try an say "Oh not us" ! Bet ya NOT ONE of these sick organizations are FEEDING people in these Countries .

BeastyJ February 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

CNN, et. al., should be taken to task for having mouthpieces for the ADF and other hate organizations on air in the first place. The aim isn't at all for some sort of misguided notion of what "objectivity" or "balance" mean – it's purely to be incendiary.

RonJ February 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I'm actually glad they do. By doing it, they invariably tear the person apart and make them look like a completely intolerant douche.

LarryRipley February 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

That is exactly the point love…and why it should be done over and over and over again. Middle America, you know the folks who win elections. NEED to see the hate personified, NEED to see the hate up close and personal so they GET IT.

pwrblnc February 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Alliance Defending Freedom……really???? Oh, boy.

dillonb1950 February 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

This is about legalizing christian hate practices on a massive scale. If they gain an inch they will take a mile with many other "christian" ideologies sanctioned by christian legal lobbyists.Sad day in America and 20 steps backwards too.

russellsvocation February 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

How did this woman ever become an attorney?

keithff February 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

maybe she slept with the teacher. she is a bubble head

muirnin February 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Why not simply require all anti-gay Christian business owners to prominently display their views in their advertising? The number of businesses and organizations embracing inclusivity is growing rapidly, and as more of the country moves on, those businesses that insist on touting "religious freedom" will be left in the dust, catering to an increasingly fringe portion of the population. Personally, I'd rather know in advance where my patronage is welcome rather than risk being unwittingly subject to bigotry and hate.

billoffreedom February 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

She has explained one thing very clearly that the Government can not hinder freedom, but it is ok for us to do it to each other.

I am sorry but this is a fundamental weakness in the Bill of Rights and they are exploiting it.

There is a way to stop this insanity by DEFINING FREEDOM

There is a Bill already written and needs the support of the people to push their representatives to make it law:

THE BILL OF FREEDOM that defines freedom and it does so by these words:

Freedom shall not be hindered by any single citizen, group of citizens, religious organization or Government agency, level or branch. To any other single citizen, group of citizens, religious organizations or the ability for a society who has chosen to form and support the government for which all shall live and thrive under in the pursuit of piece and happiness.

download it, read give your input for changes, then send it to your representative and make it law!

MadeInSanDiego February 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I TOTALLY agree. OMG ! I have been battling with myself lately , trying to decide if I wanna STIR up a bit of madness with my cable provider and ask that ALL 20 religious stations in my package…be removed as I pay for something I do not WANT. There lies a BIG problem in this country. I have always felt that NO Religion…should be allowed to broadcast. on Television..or be solicited at my door. And we surely can't continue to let these Legislators and the Con Artists that pay them….PUSH their Sick Family Values on us REAL PATRIOTS or our Policies.

David Gomez February 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

What a disgusting woman she is.

MadeInSanDiego February 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I Ditto this ☺

redblackqueer February 25, 2014 at 7:26 am

I recommend psychiatric intervention for the afflicted in the ADF.

keithff February 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

what a stupid little girl. she must have been a cheer leader at school, looks but no brains. This law always discrimination, it is in conflict with the constitution of the USA . Im sure if signed into law it will face a legal challenge. I dont like Christians, I'm Muslim, does that mean I could refuse to serve Christians. No stupid, Im in business, I deal with all t6hge customers the same. This is just an example

MadeInSanDiego February 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I have to agree with BJ Lincoln. Its like an Indoctrination of some sort of CULT ! I see it in ALL the Republicans, they're Voters, and now we see them pushing their CRAZY VIEWS onto Other COUNTRIES of all things. I mean what a bunch of Terrorists. We can't idly sit back and think that their behavior is OK ! How are WE…as a Country, tolerating these Birch Society…Koch Bros… Heavens Gate… Screwball TED NUGENT Crazies….to takeover our Legislations….TV…and our Radio Airwaves ! We know that the So-Called Media in this country is HORRIBLE at Drilling these Liars. But I will have to give credit where credit is due. Kudos to Kansas Statehouse Reporter Tim Carpenter for DRILLING that Sick Doctor Milton Wolf who was posting videos of gunshot fatalities and thinking it was funny. How Sick ! And he's running for the Senate. I just don't get the DUMBDOWNED…LOW-INFORMATION Voters in our Country. They must never STAND…for anything. Because they seem to FALL…for everything. So weird, it's hard to even comprehend.

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