Michele Bachmann: Veto of AZ bill means ‘terrible intolerance afoot’ against Christians

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 16:07 EDT
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Michele Bachmann speaks to ABC News
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) this week said that the veto of an anti-LGBT bill in Arizona was evidence that there was “terrible intolerance afoot” against Christians in the United States.

During an interview with ABC News, Jeff Zeleny asked the Minnesota Republican to react to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) decision not to sign a bill that would have protected Christian business owners who discriminated against LGBT people.

“I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone’s rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann remarked. “There is no price that you can put on constitutional liberties.”

Zeleny noted that Bachmann’s view was in the minority, even among Republicans, who feared that the bill would have been bad for business in Arizona.

“Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right,” Bachmann said, disagreeing with the likes of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States,” she added. “And it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”

“I believe it goes both ways. You have to tolerate people who you don’t agree with but people who hold religious beliefs need to be tolerated.”

Watch this video from ABC News/Yahoo, broadcast Aug. 5, 2014

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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