The Face of Liberal ‘Tolerance’: NFL May Pull the Plug on Arizona Super Bowl Due to Religious Rights Law..
As Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ( R AZ. ) considers signing into law SB 1062, the Arizona legislation that provides legal protection for business owners and groups who deny service to homosexuals due to religious beliefs, the country remains divided on the controversial issue.
The National Football League (NFL) has issued an ominous, thinly-veiled ultimatum towards the Southwestern state that seeks to codify the free exercise of religious beliefs. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello indicated that the NFL stands at-odds with the Arizona law and hinted that the NFL might act against Arizona if the law should be signed.
“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” Aiello stated of the NFL. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”
This could spell trouble for Arizona who is scheduled to host the 2015 Super Bowl.
“On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential,” the Arizona Super Bowl Host committee stated. “We do not support this legislation.”