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This, of course, helps justify Herrod's annual salary of more than $170.000.
Hobby Lobby's religious objection to Obamacare — specifically providing forms of birth control that it believes (wrongly, according to some sources) induce abortions — probably would have been protected under 1062.
CAP went down a similar path in 2012, when it backed House Bill 2625, legislation sponsored by state Representative Debbie Lesko that allowed certain "religiously affiliated employers" to drop contraception from medical coverage mandated under Obamacare.
Brewer signed the bill into law, but it apparently doesn't protect Hobby Lobby, as the federal government regards Hobby Lobby a secular entity, citing the company's articles of incorporation, which don't state a religious purpose.
Long before left-wingers dubbed the right's attack on contraception and the option to choose as the "war on women," the Center for Arizona Policy was doing everything in its power to end access to abortion in Arizona.
CAP originally was incorporated in 1988 as the Arizona Family Research Institute in close association with evangelical organization Focus on the Family, then led by religious extremist Dr. James Dobson.
According to AFRI's application for a 501(c)3 exemption (which allows for receipt of tax-deductible contributions), the group's stated purpose was to "educate the general public about various issues related to the family."
Its first president was Trent Franks, a former Republican state legislator and future congressman often seen as a candidate devoted to a single issue: the eradication of abortion.
In documents included as part of AFRI's application (on file with stopcap.org), the IRS posed a series of questions to AFRI about its purpose, inquiring about the importance of the abortion issue to the group.
It replied that abortion "is not the only issue" with which it was concerned.
"In fact," AFRI's lawyer noted in a 1989 letter to the agency, "[AFRI] has been more involved with pornography issues since its inception than abortion."
And it is true that the organization has addressed numerous "pro-family" issues over the years.
On the center's website, a list of "CAP-supported bills that became Arizona law" includes everything from a statute banning cloning and the creation of "human hybrids" to requiring filters for Internet porn on library computers.
The group also backed a failed initiative in Scottsdale to restrict strip clubs, and it periodically attempts to restrict adult businesses via legislation, though its zeal for such blue-nose bills has waned somewhat in recent years.
CAP also takes credit for the creation of "covenant marriages" in Arizona, which are more difficult to get out of than ordinary marriages.
It opposes gambling of all forms, including the lottery, advocates for "school choice" and "judicial reform," and rails against gay rights and sex education.
But the group's antipathy to the right to choose, as enshrined in Roe v. Wade, is equal only to its abhorrence for the LGBT community.
In 1992, while still AFRI, the organization helped put an abortion ban on the Arizona ballot as a citizens' initiative.
The effort would have amended the Arizona constitution to prevent all abortions, except those in the case of rape, incest, or a dire threat to the mother's life.
Arizona Prop 110 failed stupendously, 69 to 31 percent.
So the organization, which changed its name to Center for Arizona Policy in 1994, began a scorched-earth war of attrition against abortion that continues to this day.
In 1995, Munsil began his 10-year-plus run as CAP's president, with Herrod starting as a volunteer, then becoming its full-time lobbyist.
CAP scored significant victories on the abortion front, including requiring parental consent for minors seeking abortions, a ban on partial-birth abortions (though this was overturned by the courts), and a law prohibiting physician assistants from performing surgical abortions.
But pro-choice Democrat Janet Napolitano's accession to governor in 2003 was the beginning of a six-year dry spell for CAP. Napolitano vetoed a string of CAP-sponsored bills that would have limited access to abortion.
Munsil and CAP fumed that Napolitano was "out of touch" with mainstream Arizonans.
However, Munsil's disastrous run for governor in 2006 signaled that he was the one who was out of touch. (Munsil currently is president of Arizona Christian University in Phoenix.)
Election year 2008 saw a shift in CAP's fortunes. The electorate approved a revised constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
And the election of Barack Obama as president meant his supporter Napolitano soon would be on her way to Washington.
In 2009, Napolitano was tapped to be Homeland Security secretary. Her successor, Jan Brewer, a Republican and avowedly anti-abortion, was much more to CAP's liking.
During Brewer's governorship, CAP arguably attained the zenith of its influence over public policy when it came to abortion.
A new CAP-backed partial-birth abortion ban became law and was upheld by the courts.
With Brewer's signature practically in its pocket, CAP scored laws requiring a 24-hour wait for abortion-seekers, mandatory ultrasounds, and a law preventing all non-doctors from performing abortions.
Even CAP proposals that state lawmakers believed would be overturned in court were approved, such as a ban on abortions after 20 weeks and a law preventing Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding.
And, as anticipated, both efforts later were overturned in federal court.
As a supporter of CAP I feel you have misrepresented CAP starting in your title "Cathi Harrod's Center for Arizona Policy Hates Gays..." There is no gay bashing done by Cathi or her organization. On the contrary Christians are asked to love others. The Bible does say that sex between men is not the way God has intended sex to be. CAP is not out to hate gays. They are out to promote a society with strong moral values and liberty for individuals.
Arizona's SB1070, and SB1062 was passed by legislators belonging to a church that still worships a child molesting Poligamist leader that had about thirteen wives half of which were under the age of thirteen.
Brewer only vetoed SB1062 out of fear of lost revenues for the State, not for her lack of Hate.
This criminal has coledges in his name and fled justice for his crimes in Illinios.
What a "Saint"
And to think that millions of Dollars are being wasted just to push other people's beliefs down other people's throat, we need to force the Government and Supreme Court to stop allowing all of these religious groups which do not amount but to sect groups, and have a whole bunch of legislators both at State and National levels in their pockets, to push for enactments like these to enable these groups to push the envelope to the maximum and all they do is create doubt, hatred anxiety and anguish, and all for what!! to allow a bunch of politicians to give them a bigger podioum, and to give these religious zealots more freedom to create Havoc???
If being religious means that you have to be intolerant and to hate others most people don't want to be part of that. Our government has to deal with everyone. This has absolutely no place in our government.
James777: I do not Hate anyone -- just feel sorry for the way "these people" feel about other human beings. .
Mr. Lemons, Outstanding cover story, that's been needed to be told for years. Husband a Maricopa County Superior Court judge? How is all this supposed to work?
All you have to do is read the comments below to appreciate the true hate that people like Herrod, Huckabee, and Palin represent and inspire. The insults operate on a 6th grade level, which appears to be the mentality of the people that organizations like the Tea Party and the Center for Az Policy represent.
Apparently Cathi Herrod doesn't understand "religious freedom". Freedom of religion doesn't equate to freedom to discriminate. While she is free to practice her religion any way she chooses (go to church, pray, dance with the devil, etc), she, nor anyone else, is not allowed to prevent my religious activities and as an equally-righted American Citizen, I am/will be allowed anywhere in public she chooses to be. We Americans call this Liberty.
She can survive and thrive only in a shithole like your state of Arizona. In normal states on the Coast, this woman would be no more paid attention to than a bag lady screaming on the L train or Market Street.
As always, when attempting to persecute others in the name of their religion, the religious reich does not shrink from anything, no lie, no matter how stupid, egregious, or hateful is too much. Nothing is forbidden, no matter how illegal, distasteful, ridiculous, or lacking in human decency is something they will not use joyfully.
Christians are the most judgmental and unforgiving people in the world.
As you correctly stated, most all of Arizona can ALREADY discriminate against the LGBT community. SB 1062 would not change that. So where is all this horrific discrimination NOW?
Lets pressure these wacko politicians from the other side. Why can't a groups of sensible, good, sane people of AZ organize. Then like the wackos lead by these Bible freaks find sensible people to oppose these crazy right wing politicians not only in the primary but in the general election as well? We might be able to get rid of Biggs, Yarbrough, Reagan, Crandell, Kavanagh, Montenegro, Ugenti, DiCiccico, McCain, Franks, Flake and the other embarrassing nuts that now represent AZ. The sane and sensible people of AZ already had success we got rid of Frank Antenori and his clone Ron Gould.
Sadly, these people are still out there. Have they met a gay person? Spent any time with this person? And, how about their (the anti-gay group) RELIGION. Where in their Bible does it mention gay men and women? I thought there was a "love thy neighbor," "judge not lest ye be judged," etc. The way some people spout their religion can be rather disconcerting. No, I have no religion. But then I have no prejudice nor any hate for anyone who is different.
Don't hate the player, hate the game! Gays have the problem but I still interact with them, professionally. I choose not to socialize with them because God has claimed that it is wrong. I believe that is what this lady is all about. Homey don't play dat!
@FJSmith What we see, could be described as "wolves in sheep's clothing". Who's been hiding behind the curtain pulling the strings for all these years?
@dkessler4 Well said. Couldn't agree more. Arizona, land of the hypocrites.
@Artaud49 Americans for Prosperity. Citizens for Decency in Law among other "feel-good" titles of non-profits.
@slrman just shows you that there is NO god and they know it or they wouldn't be doing and saying the things they do and say
@slrman Christian hypocrites damage the good Christians and Jesus.
@LaMano that's because the party of choice is the nazi fascist party of NO (repugs)
Except, perhaps, for "these people" who are so judgmental, prejudiced and hateful due to their religion?
@rockdog48 gawd claimed it was wrong? so he doesn't have any proof? You theists are whacked out.
@rockdog48 Yes, you do hate gays because you use your evil religion to condemn them.
I choose not to have anything to do with people as willfully ignorant and hypocritical as you are.
@rockdog48 I assume you wait by the fireplace each December 25th for Santa as well? There are many books that proclaim Santa exists, even books to tell children to behave or Santa won't visit them. It sounds a little bit like the bible huh? Be good, follow what we say or you won't be resurrected into heaven. All fairytales and scare tactics, luckily some of us are still rational people.
I agree. It's become so bad that "hypocrite" and "christian" are semantically equal.
FYI, there is no evidence that the mythical Jesus ever existed.
As stated by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of religious studies at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC said, "In the entire first Christian century, Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman scholar, politician, philosopher, or poet. His name never appears in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. Zero! Zip references!"
I also have an essay about it at:
It's not an anti-christ piece but one with which I think you might agree.
Finally, instead of putting christ back into Christmas, how about putting christ back into christians?
Does your "rationality" ever cause you to question your simplistic views of religion? Does it ever make you wonder, if Christians are merely following such an obvious behavior control system, why are scientists, physicians, artists, highly imaginative and successful entrepreneurs, and many other people who are smarter and more successful than you, followers of such a system?
They are mostly very wealthy cults, too. I read that, if all religions paid taxes like any other business, it would result in 71 Billion dollars of revenue in the USA alone. I'm not certain about that number, but it would certainly go a long way toward health care and education.
@James777 If it were a true statement that many scientists, physicians, and artists did follow Christianity then yes it would make me wonder. The fact is most physicians and scientists believe in evolution, hence the basis of their career so no I don't ever wonder about that.