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By @BginKC

A Missouri state senator is sponsoring one of those vile, hateful “religious liberty” bigotry bills that would codify in law second class citizen status for gay and lesbian Missourians and allow every inbred Ozark goober who “hates fags” to refuse to sell gasoline to the driver of a car sporting a rainbow flag – or a Darwin fish – because they’re good Christians and they’re confident that Jesus would discriminate against those degenerates, too.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau, states thatĀ a governmental authority shall not substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religionĀ unless the government demonstrates that it has a compelling interest.

To supporters of the idea – similar to legislation filed in several other states – the goal is to make it clear that private individuals can use religious beliefs as a defense in litigation.

“We’re trying to protect Missourians from attacks on their religious freedom,” Wallingford said.

Opponents contend bills like Wallingford’s would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone they do not like, most notably gays and lesbians.

“It’s a legislative attempt to legalize discrimination toward (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals,” said A.J. Bockelman, executive director of the LGBT rights organization PROMO.

Wallingford said he based the bill loosely on legislation that has been debated in other states, such as Kansas and Arizona. He pointed to instances that have cropped up in debate in those other states.

When I saw the article on the Kansas City Star site yesterday, I first hit the ceiling, then I got dangerous – that’s what my husband calls it when I get quiet and methodical – I put my “journalist” hat on and called his office (that number is 573-751-2459 if you want to call him) and I got his office voice mail. I identified myself by name and press affiliation as well as my phone number, and said I just had one question: If he was personally financially responsible for defending this blatantly unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause in the courts, instead of the bill falling to the taxpayers of this state, would he still be sponsoring it? I then repeated my name and affiliation and phone number, and asked for someone to please call me back. Quelle surprise…no one did.