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RFRAs have NEVER Harmed a Homosexual Person

By Casey Mattox
The Federalist

It has been 22 years since President Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. For two decades it has applied to every law in the District of Columbia and the federal government. In the intervening decades, 20 other states have followed suit with their own state RFRAs. These RFRAs hold government to a high burden of proof when it burdens religious exercise. Under RFRA, there are no guaranteed outcomes, but the government cannot take burdens on religious exercise lightly.

In two decades of RFRAs, the world has not ended. In fact, not a single person who identifies as homosexual has been harmed by these RFRAs. None. This may come as a surprise to you if you have watched any of the media coverage or been on social media for the last several days. The unhinged claims from the Left have been entirely detached from the reality that these laws have actually existed for decades and have never resulted in any of the things they worry will happen. This is not new. Dire warnings that are unsurprisingly not confirmed by future events have been a common theme in arguments from the Left in recent years.

Prophesying Doom that Never Materializes

The Equal Access Act is the reason your child can have a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at school. Most Americans would think that permitting students to voluntarily get together before school to pray is a good thing. But when Congress considered the act in 1984, some Democrats, including then-Rep. Barbara Boxer, opposed it because allowing Christian students to gather to pray “could usher in KKK and Nazi” student groups. More than 30 years later, it is clear Boxer was on the wrong side of history. Her worry that letting kids study the Bible would lead to “Mein Kampf” has not been realized.

Boxer’s worry that letting kids study the Bible would lead to ‘Mein Kampf’ has not been realized.

When the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in 2006, abortionists argued that approximately 2,200 partial-birth abortions per year were necessary for health reasons. This was important because the law lacked any health exception (except to save the mother’s life). When the Supreme Court issued its opinion eight years ago in April 2007, it held that the law was generally constitutional.

However, the Court invited any abortionist or woman filing a new challenge to show why a partial-birth abortion was necessary in one of those 2,200-per-year instances. Planned Parenthood warned of consequences for women’s health from the decision, just as Justice Ginsburg wrote in a dissent: “One may anticipate that such a preenforcement challenge will be mounted swiftly, to ward off serious, sometimes irremediable harm, to women whose health would be endangered by the intact D&E prohibition.”

Eight years later, no such complaint has been filed. I’m not aware of a single example of any woman who was harmed by not being able to have a partial-birth abortion procedure in that time.

There are three possible reasons: (1) by incredible fortune, the threats to women’s health making partial-birth abortion necessary ceased on April 18, 2007; (2) Women are harmed daily, but Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry lack the resources to file the invited lawsuits; (3) the claim that partial-birth abortion was necessary to protect women’s health was a lie.

Finally, when Texas passed HB2, the pro-life law that brought stardom to Wendy Davis, a primary focus of abortion supporters who opposed the bill was its prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. This provision was the centerpiece of the controversy, and Davis opposed it at length. But while virtually every part of the Texas law has been challenged in the intervening two years, the prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks has never been challenged. It has been Texas law since October 2013.

Time to Stop Listening

And Texas isn’t alone. Laws like it have been enacted in 13 states. But despite their cries of harm to women’s health, abortionists have only challenged these laws in the Ninth Circuit and in a now-pending Georgia state court case. At least 10 of these laws, including Texas’s, are in effect without legal challenge. As MSNBC reported, there is

a strategic reason to avoid challenging that [20-week] ban…. [A] Texas challenge would go to the conservative Fifth Circuit. Not only would that court potentially uphold the law…, the combination of decisions would create a split in the circuits that would make the Supreme Court likelier to hear it.

This is their choice. But at some point when your warnings of imminent harm are stifled by your own prudential choices, and none of the bad consequences you warn about ever happen, perhaps your claims just aren’t true. That’s critically important to keep in mind with the needless hysteria happening now over completely mischaracterized state religious freedom laws.

But history need not repeat itself. In the children’s story, when Peter repeatedly cries, “Wolf!” the townspeople finally stop listening. It’s time to stop giving credence to the Left’s cries.

Republican Turncoats (Like Bob Worsley) Help Dems Defeat Photo Radar Bill

The bill to ban photo radar and red light cameras, SB 1167, received a recorded vote yesterday, thanks to the tireless work of bill sponsor Kelli Ward (R – LD5).

Unfortunately, the bill failed by a vote of 15-13, but there is still hope to revive it.

Of the 15 NO votes, 4 were Republicans who, so far, haven’t listened to their constituents – despite the barrage of phone calls and emails over the past several weeks.

Senator Bob Worsley, Senator Adam Driggs, Senator Nancy Barto, and Senator Steve Pierce chose to bend to high-powered lobbyists from Redflex and American Traffic Solutions.

Every single Democrat and these Republican turncoats voted to continue violating your rights and stealing your hard-earned money – all while putting your lives and property at risk.

Senator Ward has publicly vowed this fight is not over yet.

But she needs your help moving the 4 Republicans to a YES vote on SB 1167.

It’s critical you contact the following State Senators immediately and demand they change their vote on SB 1167.

Senator Bob Worsley (R – LD 25):
bworsley@azleg.gov 602-926-5760

Senator Adam Driggs (R – LD 28):
adriggs@azleg.gov 602-926-3016

Senator Nancy Barto (R – LD 15):
nbarto@azleg.gov 602-926-5766

Senator Steve Pierce (R – LD 1):
spierce@azleg.gov 602-926-5584

There are many ways the bill could be revived in this session.

In fact, another vote on SB 1167 could happen at any time while the legislature is in session, so these phone calls and emails are incredibly urgent.

With their vote, Senator Bob Worsley, Senator Adam Driggs, Senator Nancy Barto, and Senator Steve Pierce told Arizona citizens they have no problem with:

  • Violating the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Violating Arizona’s Constitution by depriving you of your right to equal protection under the law.
  • Scanning the license plates of every driver passing by and keeping them in a foreign-owned database (Redflex – Australia).
  • Thwarting their own party platform, which calls for a ban on photo ticketing.
  • Voting YES on the same scam that Rahm Emanuel refused to get rid of in Chicago.
  • Putting your life and property at risk so they and their buddies can fund their campaigns through “Clean” Elections (10% of every ticket goes to this fund).
  • The hazard of shortened yellow light times, which SCAMera companies like Redflex and ATS demand in order to drive up revenues. Motorists then slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket, which causes more accidents.
  • Handing over law enforcement to politically connected, crony capitalist companies
  • Ignoring the calls from major police organizations around the state – like MCSO, PCSO, and PLEA – demanding support for the bill and banning this scam for good.

We can still pass SB 1167 this session, but you must take action TODAY.

In Liberty,

Arizona Campaign for Liberty Team

P.S. SB 1167 can still be revived, but it won’t do any good unless we flip at least 2 of the 4 Republican NO votes.

It’s critical you contact the following State Senators immediately and demand they change their vote on SB 1167.

Senator Bob Worsley (R – LD 25):
bworsley@azleg.gov 602-926-5760

Senator Adam Driggs (R – LD 28):
adriggs@azleg.gov 602-926-3016

Senator Nancy Barto (R – LD 15):
nbarto@azleg.gov 602-926-5766

Senator Steve Pierce (R – LD 1):
spierce@azleg.gov 602-926-5584

Pro-Life Warriors: Call Your Lawmaker in Support of SB 1318

Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod reports …

A CAP-supported bill to keep taxpayer money from subsidizing abortion insurance coverage will be considered by the Arizona Senate in the next few days. Your senators need to hear from you on this issue!

Abortion should not be paid for with tax dollars, yet 41 out of 199 insurance plans available on Arizona’s federally-run healthcare exchange are doing exactly that. What’s more, last year, nearly 90% of those purchasing plans on the exchange got some sort of taxpayer-funded subsidy.

SB 1318 will ensure Arizonans are fully protected from having their tax dollars subsidize abortions by ensuring no plans offered on the exchange include elective abortion coverage.

As usual, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union want to force Arizonans to pay for abortions. That’s why it’s critical that you contact your elected officials today and ask them to vote YES on SB 1318!

SB 1318 also ensures abortion clinics are complying with Arizona law by requiring them to provide verification that they have admitting privileges at a hospital as prescribed by law.

Use these talking points to craft your message to legislators. Don’t forget to add a custom Subject Line. It can be as simple as “Please Vote YES on SB 1318” or “Please Support SB 1318”.

  • SB 1318 will ensure that taxpayer dollars are not funding abortion in Arizona. This bill simply clarifies a law already in place to guarantee that no tax dollars will fund abortion.
  • Seventeen other states have the same law as SB 1318. And a total of 23 other states have restricted the circumstances under which plans on their exchanges may provide abortions.
  • SB 1318 also ensures that compliance with current clinic regulations is followed. Allowing DHS to verify that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital as prescribed by law ensures the safety of the women walking into the clinic.
  • A woman’s legal right to choose an abortion does not demand that taxpayers subsidize or pay for an abortion. SB 1318 does not restrict women from having an abortion but simply does not allow taxpayers to have to pay for that abortion procedure.

Thursday Night Election Updates

Thursday night update …

With all precincts reporting in in Arizona’s second congressional district, conservative Martha McSally leads CONTROL-your-entire-life candidate and incumbent Ron Barber by 563 votes. At the end of the day yesterday, Pima County still had 46,000-plus votes to count, so this tight race will continue for a few more days yet.

With all the precincts reporting and additional votes to be counted, GOP Doug Ducey owns 53.63 percent of the vote for governor. CONTROL’s Comrade Fred DuVal owns 41.35 percent.

Diane Douglas (GOP) leads David Garcia (CONTROL) by just over 20,000 votes in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In the Legislative District 6 (Heber-Overgaard area) race for state senator, Sylvia Allen holds a lead of 1,790 votes over Independent Thomas O’Halleran. All the precincts are in.

In the closely contested Proposition 122, the yes vote has a lead of just under 28,000 votes. Though ballot counting continues, it should be a done deal.

As of the end of Wednesday, the secretary of state’s office reported the following on votes still needing to be counted:

COUNTY ESTIMATED OUTSTANDING BALLOTS
as of 5:00 p.m.:  11/05/2014
EARLY PROVISIONALS TOTAL
APACHE                                        3,015                                   1,424        4,439
 COCHISE                                        2,081                                   1,141        3,222
 COCONINO  Waiting on 2 precincts before reporting totals              –
 GILA                                        3,300                                   1,461        4,761
 GRAHAM                                              –                                          –              –
 GREENLEE                                              –                                          –              –
 LA PAZ                                           198                                       171           369
 MARICOPA                                   170,000                                 40,000   210,000
 MOHAVE                                        4,250                                   1,653        5,903
 NAVAJO                                        1,734                                   1,315        3,049
 PIMA                                     36,728                                 10,131      46,859
 PINAL                                     25,000                                   2,979      27,979
 SANTA CRUZ                                           712                                       498        1,210
 YAVAPAI                                        3,700                                   1,500        5,200
 YUMA                                        6,087                                   1,118        7,205
TOTALS                                   256,805                                 63,391   320,196

Governor-Elect Ducey will have a Republican Legislature to Work with

SPECIAL BULLETIN

Republicans will maintain control of the Arizona Legislature. Republicans are on their way to victory in 16 state Senate races, the party of CONTROL* has won 13 seats. The only issue in doubt is in District 6.

Former lawmakers Sylvia Allen (Republican) and Thomas O’Halleran (Independent) are locked in a very close race. With just over half the precincts reporting, O’Halleran leads by about 600 votes. Allen got into the race very late when the conservative incumbent, Chester Crandall, died in a horseback riding accident near Heber just days before the August primary. The late Crandall won unopposed, but Allen was able to replace him on the GOP ticket.

If Allen wins the seat, the GOP will have a 17-13 Senate majority. If O’Halleran wins the seat, the GOP will hold 16 seats, the party of CONTROL 13 and there would be one Independent seat.

Republicans are claiming 37 Arizona House of Representative seats, CONTROL 23 seats.

So Governor-elect Ducey will have a Republican majority to work with for the first two years of his first term.

STATEWIDE RACES

Doug Ducey appears on his way to becoming Arizona’s next governor. Fellow Republicans are leading Democrats in all of the other statewide office elections with 1,103 of 1,566 precincts reporting in these state office contests.

Ducey, former state treasurer, leads Comrade Fred DuVal of the party of CONTROL 53-41 percent. The good news is that Arizona will avoid the record spending binges and budget deficits that DuVal would have accrued had he been elected. It would have been a repeat of the Napolitano years when the former governor spent money far faster that the state could generate revenues. But under Governor Ducey, fiscal sanity is a certainty.

We also believe — and certainly hope — Ducey’s administration will be friendly to life, liberty and family. He gave every intention to the Center for Arizona Policy that this would be the case, and we urge him to hold true.

In the race for attorney general, GOP Mark Brnovich has a lead of 66,000 votes over CONTROL candidate Felicia Rotellini, 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent.

Secretary of state race is a little closer. Liberal Republican Michele Reagan has 52 percent of the vote, surprising frequent CONTROL candidate and former attorney general, Terry Goddard, 48 percent.

Closer still is the race between Republican Diane Douglas and CONTROL’s David Garcia. Douglas leads by about 1,500 votes, with 50.87 percent of the vote to Garcia’s 49.08. Douglas wants to get rid of the Big Socialism education curriculum, Common Core. Garcia would be a disaster for Arizona’s children.

Jeff DeWit, another Republican, is running unopposed for state treasurer.

The party of CONTROL refused to allow its members to select candidates for governor or attorney general. No one other than Comrade DuVal, who wants to move Arizona forward communist style, or Rottelini, were allowed to compete for those nominations in the August primary election.

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

Conservative Congressmen Matt Salmon, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are all sailing to victory.

Salmon said: “Tonight’s election results make one thing exceedingly clear: Arizonans want their elected officials to get government out of the way and support policies that will let the private sector thrive and create jobs.”

CONTROL incumbents Kyrsten Sinema, Ron Barber, and Raul Grijalva are all on their way to re-election as well.

Ann Kirkpatrick, another CONTROL incumbent, is pulling away from Andy Tobin in a congressional race, and now leads by 5 percentage points with 177 of 327 precincts in.

Ruben Gallego (CONTROL) has sewn up election in the congressional seat held for many years by the retired Ed Pastor.

The top vote-getters, in order, for Arizona Corporation Commission are Republicans Doug Little and Tom Forese and then CONTROL’s Sandra Kennedy a distant third.

Judges

Among judges up for retention, Scott Bales is winning handily. He was appointed by former Gov. Janet Napolitano (CONTROL).

Props

Prop 122, which will stem out of control federal government interference with Arizona, is barely ahead, by just one percent.

The Right to Try prop, 303, is winning big.

And as it has done numerous times, the attempt to raise state legislator pay (Prop 304) is losing bigtime.

In Phoenix, the unfunded/pension spiking madness is likely to continue. Prop 487 is up 55 to 45 percent.

CONCLUSION

All in all, it’s a good night for America and Arizona (on the 11th anniversary of The Arizona Conservative, No. 1 cultural commentator in the state). Though politics is downstream from culture, tonight’s results are a good sign that people have had enough of Big Government Socialism, the Obama Administration, and the do-nothing U.S. Senate under Harry Reid’s abdication of responsibility and leadership. This is also a great day for the sanctity of life, for families, and especially for free speech and religious liberty.

We remember the wisdom of President Reagan, one of the five truly great presidents in this nation, who said during his first inaugural address:

“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”

Thank you for coming here to consult our election recommendations and coverage.

May God bless America.

* The reason we refer to Democrats as the party of CONTROL is because their radical philosophy is to try to control every aspect of your lives — to your detriment.

The Arizona Conservative Endorses Sylvia Allen for Senate

Republican Party leaders just met in Flagstaff and elect Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Tenney Allen as their nominee to run for the Senate seat vacated by the late Chester Crandell.

Senator Crandall ran unopposed for re-election to his Arizona Senate seat, but died in a horse riding accident recently.

Allen is a past Arizona legislator with sterling conservative credentials who has served Arizona well in the past. And she’ll do so again. We expect her to win the November election and urge voters to give her the victory.

Arizona GOP Legislative Primary Races

Arizona Legislative Races (100 percent of precincts reporting)

District 1: Longtime lawmaker Linda Gray loses out to Karen Fann and Noel Campell in House; Steve Pierce unopposed in Senate

District 2: Daniel Estrella unopposed in Senate; John Ackerley unopposed in House

District 4: Connie Uribe unopposed in Senate; Richard Hopkins unopposed in House

District 5: Kelli Ward unopposed in Senate; Sonny Borrelli and Regina Cobb win in House

District 6: The late Chester Crandall ran unopposed in Senate, though he died in a recent horse-riding accident; GOP Senate candidate TBD; Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton won in House

District 8: Irene Littleton won Senate; Frank Pratt and T.J. Shope in House

District 9: Ethan Orr unopposed in House

District 10: Mark Morrison unopposed in Senate; Tod Clodfelter and William Wildish in House

District 11: Steve Smith in Senate; Vince Leach and Mark Finchem in House

District 12: Andy Biggs unopposed in Senate; Warren Peterson and Eddie Farnsworth in House

District 13: Don Shooter in Senate; Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell in House

District 14: Gail Griffin unopposed in Senate; David Gowan and David Stephens in House

District 15: Nancy Barto in Senate; Heather Carter and just nine 9 votes separate John Allen and David Smith, with Allen leading, in House

District 16: David Farnsworth wins in Senate; Kelly Townsend and Doug Coleman advance in House

District 17: Steve Yarbrough unopposed in Senate; Jeff Weninger and J.D. Mesnard in House

District 18: Jeff Dial in Senate; Jill Norgaard and Bob Robson in House

District 19: Sophia Johnson in House

District 20: Kimberly Yee unopposed in Senate; Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern in House

District 21: Debbie Lesko unopposed in Senate; Rick Gray and Tony Rivero in House

District 22: Judy Burges unopposed in Senate; David Livingtson and Phil Lovas in House

District 23: John Kavanaugh in Senate; Michelle Ugenti and Jay Lawrence

District 24: Bill Follette unopposed in Senate; Lei Lani Cortez unopposed in House

District 25: Bob Worsley in Senate; Justin Olson and Rusty Bowers in House

District 26: James Roy unopposed in House

District 28: Adam Driggs unopposed in Senate; Kate McGee and 7 votes separating Mary Hamway and Shawna Bolick with Hamway leading, in House

District 29: Crystal Nuttle unopposed in Senate; Aaron Borders unopposed in House

District 30: Gary Cox unopposed in Senate; John Lyon and Michael Gidwani in House

It’s Ducey, Brnovich, Douglas, Reagan in GOP Primary

Doug Ducey has won the Arizona Republican primary race for governor. RINO Scott Smith is in second, with Christine Jones third, Ken Bennett fourth, Andy Thomas fifth and former congressman Frank Riggs sixth.

Mark Brnovich is ending scandal-ridden RINO Tom Horne’s reign as Arizona attorney general.

Diane Douglas ousted incumbent John Huppenthal for Superintendent for Public Instruction. Douglas ran on her opposition to Common Core education, which Huppenthal supported.

RINO Michele Reagan is winning the nomination for secretary of state. She will most likely lose in November to Democrat Terry Goddard.

Jeff DeWitt is heading for victory in the three-man primary race for state treasurer, with RINO Hugh Hallmann in second and former AZ GOP chairman Randy Pullen running third.

Wendy Rogers is leading Andrew Walter by about 5,000 votes in the GOP Congressional District 9 race.

Gary Kiehe is surprisingly leading in the GOP Congressional District 1 in a close race with Adam Kwasman and Andy Tobin.

Several incumbent congressmen ran unopposed.

In the Republican race for Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Tom Forese and Doug Little have secured nominations for November’s general election.

In a huge disappointment, Arizona-bashing Bob Worsley has defeated challenger Dr. Ralph Heap in the State Senate race for District 25.  

Additionally, John Giles won handily over conservative Danny Ray in the election for mayor in Mesa. Giles was backed by all the current councilmen — all of whom, incidentally, were identified as “friends” and “champions” of Big Government by Americans for Tax Prosperity.

During the summer campaign, The Arizona Conservative questioned the loyalty of many Republican candidates to GOP principles. Several of those candidates won or did well tonight, raising additional questions about Republican voters, as well. Do personalities and advertising tactics weigh more heavily with Republican voters, or do they observe GOP principle as their criteria for voting decisions? The answer is in, and the GOP platform was a big loser in here in Arizona this summer. And as we said previously, it hasn’t been tried and found wanting. For many of the candidates — particularly Smith, Hallmann, Reagan, Worsley, Horne, and others — it has not been tried. Obviously, conservatives have much to do to educate Republicans in this state, which appears to be drifting away from the conservative principles that made America great.

DEVELOPING …

And the RINO of the Year Awards go to …

Arizona’s 2014 primary election season enters its final week today. People must either mail their early ballots today, bring early ballots to the polling place or vote in polling places on August 26. With this urgency in mind, The Arizona Conservative is announcing its Republican In Name Only (RINO) awards today to inform voters of the identity of some of the most liberal, so-called “Republicans,” or RINOs. And now, to the awards we go:

“I’ve Been Takin’ Care of Corporate Welfare Business, Workin’ Overtime” Award: Scott Smith, friend of Big Government, former Mesa mayor, and candidate for governor.

“reagan DEMOCRAT-Moving Arizona Backward” Award: Michele Reagan, former state senator, candidate for secretary of state.

“William J. and Hillary Rodham Clinton Politics of Personal Destruction” Award: Bob Worsley, a friend of big government who called Arizona a “police state,” and called party base Republicans “extremists.”

“Tempe Town Lake Fever” Award: Hugh Hallmann, former mayor of Tempe, candidate for state treasurer; many people get elected to serve in Washington, D.C., and go left after succumbing to “Potomac Fever.” Hallman succumbed to Tempe Town Lake Fever, adopting left-wing politics and daring Republicans to elect him to a state office regardless of his radical politics. Tempe is one of the state’s most left-wing cities, and real Republicans can’t get elected mayor there.

“Jim Kolbe Of Course You Won’t have to Pay for That, the Government Will Pay for it” Award: Doug Coleman, friend of Big Government, no friend of taxpayers, and candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives.

Bob Worsley: He’s Just Too Liberal