Gail Collins on How Arizona Explains Politics

Monday, March 03, 2014

All of sudden, Arizona may be our weirdest state. Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and the author of As Texas Goes... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, 2012), talks about Arizona's gay marriage and immigration laws, and how its local politics became a national story.


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Comments [13]

Gary from Brooklyn

Arizona is not in fact unique as Collins' book about Texas makes clear. The "crazy" right that has redistricted the country and taken over the House represent a significant minority of Americans. So let's give them what they want - their own country. Let's join with Rick Perry and start a real conversation about secession. The extreme conservative U.S. can have its own constitution that allows lots of guns, pay as you go health care, discrimination against whomever it wants, no taxes, prayer in school, creation science in school, etc. God bless 'em.

Mar. 03 2014 11:11 AM
Estelle from Brooklyn

Since many White Supremacists hold that their beliefs are based on Christianity, should they be allowed to refuse to serve African Americans on the grounds of religious freedom? According to them, all civil rights laws violate their rights.

Mar. 03 2014 11:09 AM
jgarbuz from Queens


The Seven Laws of Noah - Wikipedia

"The seven laws listed by the Tosefta (dated to 220 CE) and the Babylonian Talmud (dated to 300 CE) are:[6]

The prohibition of idolatry.
The prohibition of murder.
The prohibition of theft.
The prohibition of sexual immorality.
The prohibition of blasphemy.
The prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive.
The requirement of maintaining courts to provide legal recourse.

According to Rabbinic tradition,[7] the Noahide laws are derived exegetically from the six commandments which were given to Adam in the Garden of Eden, Gen 2:16,[8] and a seventh precept, which was added after the Flood of Noah. According to Judaism, the 613 commandments given in the written Torah, as well as their explanations and applications discussed in the oral Torah, are applicable to the Jews only, and non-Jews are bound only to observe the seven Noahide laws".

Mar. 03 2014 11:00 AM

@jgarbuz from Queens

Only Jews need to obey the Old Testament? That would be news the the 7th Day Adventists....

Mar. 03 2014 10:57 AM

@jgarbuz from Queens

"Why is opposition to gay marriage have to be painted by liberals as having to do with religion?"

That's just a BizarroLand reading, isn't it? Those seeking to constrain or deny marriages based on love rather than the sexual orientation are the ones who introduced a 'religious exception' law in AZ. A similar bill is up for a vote in GA. American government and business have moved passed the issue, time for the states to catch up.

It's just amazing how you blame liberals for the actions of the other side...

Mar. 03 2014 10:55 AM
jgarbuz from Queens


The Mosaic Law does not apply to non-Israelites. According to JEWISH theology, only the 7 laws of Noah apply to all of humanity with the exception of the Jews who are supposed to live according to the 613 "mitzvot" that comprise Mosaic Law. There is no requirement that Gentiles keep the sabbath, nor any proscription against homosexuality. It only applies to Israelites and hence Jews.

Mar. 03 2014 10:52 AM

Another reason for 2010 is that Obama replaced Howard Dean with pusillanimous Obot Tim Kaine, who then replaced many of the local organizers Dean hired with more pusillanimous Obots.

Mar. 03 2014 10:48 AM
Suzanne Hopkins from Bergen County NJ

Reading Gail's "As Texas Goes..." and don't know whether to laugh or cry!

Mar. 03 2014 10:48 AM

Increase the number of seats and lots of this gerrymandering goes away....Ms. Collins view on passing Article the First, please.

Mar. 03 2014 10:48 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why is opposition to gay marriage have to be painted by liberals as having to do with religion? My initial opposition to gay marriage was based on competition in the adoption market for babies. But I have changed my mind. I no longer oppose gay marriage, because that will reduce the chances of a heterosexual marrying a homosexual as was the case in the past and then learning of it later on. In any case, marriage itself is a meaningless relic of the past that will probably cease to exist by the end of the century as more babies are produced outside the female womb. The primary raison detre of marriage will then be gone.

Mar. 03 2014 10:47 AM

For those that consider the veto of the AZ law an attack on religious freedom and expression, please demonstrate for me why this ONE of God's proscriptions yet you all work on the Sabbath, do NOT tithe to the church, eat pork and shellfish, charge usurious rates of interest and (for the most part) do not beat your wives and children.

Why this one and not the others? Admit it. You are being hypocritical cause you find homosexual unions icky.

Mar. 03 2014 10:46 AM
Tom Crisp from UWS

For the record, Brian & Gail, there is also a Surprise, Nebraska.


Mar. 03 2014 10:42 AM
Xtina from E. Village

Can someone wake up Gail Collins before she goes on the air? If she's bored with herself what are we supposed to think?

Mar. 03 2014 10:39 AM

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