CNN's Wolf Blitzer hounded Rep. Michele Bachmann over Arizona's
religious freedom bill on Wednesday and "disagreed" that religious
beliefs of business owners are being violated when they are forced to
act against their consciences and serve all customers.
"Americans are very tolerant people. And there is religious freedom in our country," Blitzer insisted. When Bachmann responded that "This is not tolerating people's religious beliefs," he chimed back in, "On this one, I disagree."
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Blitzer didn't even acknowledge the conservative argument that
religious freedom is under attack from ObamaCare's birth control
mandate, as well as from lawsuits against businesses who won't serve gay
couples for religious reasons.
Bachmann said as much: "But remember, we are treating people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs differently than other Americans either. This isn't one side or another. What we're talking about is tolerance on both sides. And it is not tolerant to force people to violate their religious beliefs. That's not tolerant."
Blitzer didn't offer much of a rebuttal, other than that he disagreed. He focused on the gays and lesbians affected by the law: "But if gays and lesbians won't be able to get services like all other Americans, that's discriminatory against them."