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Churches in Mississippi can now have their own armed militia

Nick Duffy April 15, 2016

Just in case you thought the Governor of Mississippi was done making stupid decisions after signing an anti-LGBT law… you’d be wrong.

The Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant signed a new law earlier this month that enables discrimination against LGBT people – ignoring pleas from business leaders in the state.

The law goes even further than most – permitting people to discriminate based on sexual orientation in “any employment-related decision” and “any decision concerning the sale, rental, [or] occupancy of a dwelling” as long as it’s based on “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction”.

The bill also bans the state from taking any action whatsoever against a person or business “on the basis that the person has provided or declined to provide [services]” to gay couples.

But in case you thought Governor Bryant’s actions were a one-off… he’s struck again.

The Governor today signed the Mississippi Church Protection Act – which affords churches the right to form their own heavily-armed security units.

He claims: “Churches deserve protection from those who would harm worshippers. That’s why I signed HB 786.”

Republicans spoke in favour of the law, claiming that it would permit “a church to have a sergeant-at-arms to protect the church body” – as most legislatures do.

One lawmaker arguing against bizarrely the law brandished a sword during his speech – presumably not having heard the aphorism about bringing a sword to a gun fight.

JoeMyGod notes that the Mississippi Police Chiefs Association has expressed concerns about the bill – which they say may “put law enforcement and all Mississippians in harm’s way”.

More: anti lgbt, governor, Gun, homophobic, Law, Mississippi, phil bryant, US

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