Behold! The Dumbest Legislation of 2018!

So much stupid.

We’ve seen some pretty ridiculous legislative proposals emerge from the State Capitol over the years, from cat microchips to a pre-emptive ban on microchipping humans. Most of these stupid proposals have little support and are quickly killed in committee, but sometimes idiotic legislation emerges that somehow garners the support of multiple lawmakers.

The primary sponsors of House Bill 18-1206 are Republicans — State Rep. Stephen Humphrey and GOP Sen. Kevin Lundberg — but 19 other Republicans were listed as co-sponsors at last check. The legislation seeks to establish something called the “Live and Let Live Act,” which is outlined in 16 pages of some of the most excruciating gibberish you’ll ever read. The primary purpose of HB-1206 is to make it legal for religious- and faith-based organizations to discriminate on the basis of their opposition to any sort of marriage that does not involve one woman and one man.

It doesn’t take long before the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which originated in Lakewood, Colorado, garners a mention…though the explanation is a little bizarre:

In Colorado, a cake baker who willingly served customers from every walk of life [Pols emphasis] was forced to shut down an entire facet of his business, forced to undergo government “reeducation,” and required to file constant compliance reports when he declined to add his artistic talents to the creation of a wedding cake that would have celebrated a marriage his conscience required him not to participate in.”

Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in fact refused to bake a cake for two men who were planning a wedding. The only reason we even know about any of this is because Phillips expressly refused to serve customers “from every walk of life.”

“Protecting religious freedom from government intrusion is a state interest of the highest order. Legislation advances this interest by remedying, deterring, and preventing government interference with religious exercise in a way that complements the protections mandated by the state and federal Constitutions.”

In other words, the “Live and Let Live Act” is a fancy way of saying that it should totally be okay for people to discriminate against others based on their personal opinions of the definition of marriage. A similar “Live and Let Live” bill was passed in the Arizona legislature in 2014 — The New York Times called it “A License to Discriminate” — and was  subsequently vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

House Bill 18-1206 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, where it will likely be killed good and dead.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Dumbest legislation with most of the sponsors being the who's who of deplorables.

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    God grant me the serenity, to accept the morons I cannot change…………..

  3. Moderatus says:

    The Soviet Union did away with religious liberty too.

    • Mike W. says:

      Moldy endorses unconstitutional discrimination against gays, surprising no one. 

      Moldy also references USSR in a case far more akin to Nazi German refusals of service to Jews in the 1920's and 30's, also surprising no one. 

    • unnamed says:

      So, religious liberty is telling a segment of the population you refuse to serve them because they are in that segment of the population. Like Mike W. said, it's more like how Nazis treated Jews than anything else.  Guess it's fitting.  A Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois is a bona fide Nazi.  Yet you get mad when we call you and your party a bunch of goose-stepping Nazis.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^

      Behold, the dumbest post of 2018!

      (It’s still way early, though . . .)

    • spaceman65 says:

      Moddy, my religion makes human sacrifice a sacred ritual.  Religious right to kill fellow humans?  My religion compels me to not associate with Republicans.  Religious right to refuse service to Republicans at the convenience store I own?  This isn't about religious liberty, it's about license to discriminate, which is what the GOP loves these days.  You, sir, are a bigot.

      • unnamed says:

        Discrimination is a matter of principle. Something Democrats don't understand.

        In fairness that "principle" is one I don't understand.  And I don't want to.

      • Genghis says:

        Moddy, my religion makes human sacrifice a sacred ritual.  Religious right to kill fellow humans?

        You betcha! The Framers could not have been clearer on this point: government "shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise" of religion. The language of the First Amendment is clear, unambiguous, and admits of no exceptions. To the extent state laws prohibiting certain forms of homicide on pain of criminal sanction impair your right to practice a religion mandating human sacrifice, those laws are unconstitutional and unenforceable.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Well, that was tried in the 1970's by some Native Americans who litigated the issue of whether they could be permitted to smoke peyote which was part of their religious ceremony. IIRC, the courts said "No."

          I wonder how Fluffy (with his Reefer Madness mentality about weed) would view those folks deeply-held religious beliefs and the big gummint stepping on their rights.

          Just like in the Soviet Union.

  4. Genghis says:


    That list of sponsors is a veritable Who's Who of stupid and crazy in the Colorado legislature.

  5. MADCO says:

    buh-bye Amazon.


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