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Matt Schoenley, Executive Director, East Valley Tribune Letter to the Editor

 

Brewer veto is for wrong reasons

While the Governor's veto of SB 1288, the so-called "religious liberty" bill, happened to be the correct action, it was vetoed for the wrong reasons. Many of these "religious liberty" bills pushed by politically misguided religious groups (this one by the Center for Arizona Policy) have nothing to do with religious liberty, but instead have everything to do with preferential public policy for a particular brand of religion over others and especially over non-religion.

Religious liberty would have best been served if the Legislature had never entertained the bill in the first place and if Brewer had simply vetoed it on a true, protecting principle of religious liberty like separation of church and state.

 

Matt Schoenley, San Tan Valley

Chair & Executive Director, Secular Coalition for Arizona

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