Some religious leaders speak out on SB1062 - New York News

Some religious leaders speak out on SB1062

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

We've heard a lot about big business coming out against S.B. 1062 but what about religious communities? Many are staying quiet on the topic, but FOX 10 talked to a few faith leaders who are speaking out. What they had to say might surprise you.

Under the proposed law, businesses and individuals could refuse to provide services to those they believe go against their faith. Some church leaders we spoke with wouldn't say if this was a good thing for them or not. Other faith leaders are taking a public stance, even preaching about it in their Sunday sermons.

Supporters of the bill passed it in the name of religious freedom.

"I'm quite frustrated and angry that they are using religion to couch their own hatred bigotry and discrimination," said Rev. Stephen Govett, pastor at the Asbury United Methodist church.

"I believe it is a right of mine and anyone else's to have services that provided to all, so if one gets it, another should get it as well," said Michelle Whittington a senior minister with the creative living fellowship.

But supporters of the bill argue no person should have to do business with someone who goes against their faith. Rev. Govett disagrees with that view.

"In all that we hold sacred, no where do I find it anywhere where it says it's okay to discriminate with someone you don't agree with," said Rev. Govett.

The Arizona Catholic Conference though is urging governor Jan Brewer to sign the bill.

In a statement, the organization writes, "The threats to religious liberty have become very real... S.B. 1062 will help avoid the situations being experienced around the country where businesses are being forced to close because of their owners' faith."
 
Over the last 48 hours businesses around the state have been putting up signs letting people know where they stand.

"It's hard enough as people of faith and people view us as discriminatory and we are not.  We are very much against this bill," said Rev. Govett.

The Church of Latter-Day Saints did release a statement saying they encourage their members to decide on the issue for themselves. Gov. Brewer gets the bill Monday and has until Friday to decide what to do.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:23:45 GMT
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
  • Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:19:48 GMT
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
  • Joan Rivers on life support

    Joan Rivers on life support

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:03:07 GMT

    Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

    Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices