Re "Arizona bill under fire from business," Feb. 23
What an amazing revelation: Four Roman Catholic bishops in Arizona are asking the faithful to support legislation that will give business owners the right to refuse service to customers who happen to be gay. Obviously these bishops did not read Pope Francis' "who am I to judge" memo.
That, or perhaps they yearn for the days when business owners routinely refused to serve Americans of color as well as Catholics and Jews. In those days, property owners often included racial and religious covenants in their deeds to prevent their property from ever being sold to Americans of color or to Catholics or Jews.
One would hope Arizona's bishops review American history before endorsing a discriminatory public policy under the banner of religious freedom.
Would the Arizona legislation to allow a business owner to refuse service to a gay person also apply to an atheist homophobic business owner?