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Louie Gohmert Backs AZ Anti-Gay Bill For Confronting 'The Religion Of Secularism'

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"These are religious beliefs and how have we gotten so far afield from the Constitution that we say, 'Well, if you're not willing to embrace a -- the liberal beliefs that we have then your religious beliefs are not protected.' It doesn’t say that in the First Amendment." Gohmert told the Janet Mefferd Show in an interview Tuesday. "It avoids the establishment of a religion. Well some are establishing the religion of secularism and everybody else's religion has just got to basically go to blazes."

Gohmert said Americans should have the freedom to "follow the teachings in the Bible." He lamented that "it's incredible that we have gotten as far as we have away from nature's God."

The legislation, which permits business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians, sits on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk. She faces considerable pressure to veto it, including from Arizona's two U.S. senators, both of whom are Republicans, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and several state senators who were critical to its passage through the legislature.

The interview was flagged by the liberal blog Right Wing Watch.