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Friday, May 26, 2006

Utter Hypocrisy from Georgia Republicans

Over the past few years, the ongoing controversy of Augusta National not allowing female members has cropped up each spring during the Masters. And conservatives have been among the strongest defenders of this private organization's right of association. Georgia conservatives have also defended the Druid Hills Country Club in Atlanta, which barred same-sex partners from membership priviledges. Both of these issues have highlighted the fact that conservatives are generally opposed to government trying to tell private organizations how to operate.

Into this environment comes one of the most hypocritical and inconsistent pieces of legislation I have ever heard of. State Representative Earl Erhart and State Senator John Wiles are proposing legislation aimed at Bank of America that would bar the state from conducting business with companies which invoke non-discrimination policies against organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America. Earlier this year the Bank of America Charitable Foundation rejected donation requests from the Boy Scouts of America because of the Scout's ban on homosexual leaders.

So we now have "conservative" legislators trying to tell a private business how to operate and who it can associate with. Am I the only one who can see the hypocrisy here?

I used to think that conservatives generally rejected using the force of government to further conservative causes. It is now evident that there is an unraveling of the connection between Republicans and conservatism, both at the federal level and now at the local level. There is nothing conservative about the Republicans in control of Congress and it now appears that there is nothing conservative about some leading Republicans here in Georgia.

I don't believe in karma, but if I did, I would hope that this piece of legislation would pass and then be used against "conservative businesses" when Democrats gain control of the State Legislature again.

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