Ariz. Legislature Passes ‘Birther Bill’ Demanding Obama’s Birth Certificate

April 21, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a state Democratic lawmaker from Phoenix, says her state’s extreme right-wing legislation such as the recent draconian immigration measure and now, a “birther” bill is making Arizona “the laughing stock of the nation.” And she may be right. On the heels of an immigration bill, institutionalizing brown-skin racial profiling and making it illegal to be in Arizona without carrying residency papers; the legislature has now passed a bill demanding to see President Obama’s birth certificate.

The birther bill passed through the House and next requires final approval and a vote in the senate, before being sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.

“The bill originated from a group that believes President Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the U.S. and is ineligible to be president. Rep. Judy Burges amended Senate Bill 1024 to include a requirement that Arizona’s secretary of state inspect a presidential candidate’s birth certificate before that candidate could qualify for the ballot.”

But Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett believes the bill is unconstitutional. “While everyone has an interest in ensuring that only eligible citizens run for president, there are obvious issues with states implementing what could become a patchwork of different tests for a presidential candidate to prove his/her citizenship,” said Bennett’s spokesman.

And the state’s immigration bill, which allows police officers to stop and question brown-skinned residents to check their residency papers, is also expected to face constitutional challenges.

The conservative and heavily armed state of Arizona seems to be moving further and further towards the crazy fringe of the Republican Party.


26 Responses to “Ariz. Legislature Passes ‘Birther Bill’ Demanding Obama’s Birth Certificate”

  1. Beast on April 21st, 2010 1:14 pm

    Who wrote this nonsense? Birther Bill? Really? Serially?

  2. Eligibility Activist on April 21st, 2010 1:52 pm

    (Sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”)

    Mine eyes have not yet seen
    Obama’s birth certificate.
    It is in the Devil’s Vault,
    Where only God’s Right Hand can get.
    Obama’s C. O. L. B. is a
    Lousy counterfeit.
    It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

    Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
    Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
    Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
    It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

    We shall fight the Masked Usurper
    On the beaches, in the hills.
    We shall fight this Painted Joker
    On the seas and in the fields.
    We shall fight to Hell and back
    And into court and with appeals.
    It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

    Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
    Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
    Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
    It’s truth we’re marching for!!!!

    (Author grants permission to reprint on web or in print and to perform in public

  3. MarkD on April 21st, 2010 2:01 pm

    Arizona. A nothing state run by retards. Join Texas and seceed please.

  4. Thad on April 21st, 2010 2:05 pm

    Jesus Christ. We’re facing the prospect of laying off thousands of firefighters and teachers, and our legislators want to waste time and money on, to be frank, stupid bullshit like this. To say nothing of the vicious immigration bill they just passed, which, unless Brewer vetoes it, will waste God knows how much of the state’s money fighting a constitutional challenge it can’t possibly survive.

    This week I am genuinely embarrassed to be from Arizona.

  5. Dave on April 21st, 2010 2:16 pm

    @Beast: The sound pretty serial to me.

  6. HansT on April 21st, 2010 2:19 pm

    We all had to show a valid birth certificate to get a drivers license, passport or draft card. Why is this such a problem? And why did this become some kind of crypto-level state secret. He’s got one or he doesn’t. Either way, it’s easy to clear up.

  7. XiroMisho on April 21st, 2010 2:50 pm

    To be a natural born citizen, you need a birth certificate. Obama, probably laughing, isn’t going to care about getting this, as it’s real legitimate, and he’s got nothing to hide here.

    you can be natural born in this country by even giving birth in a US Embassy.

    In fact many US citizens have done just this, making sure to give brith to their child, if their water breaks when over seas, at a US Embassy. My father was born this way, in Germany while my grandmother was in Germany, at the US Embassy… he is a US citizen.

    The fact that the State of Arizona is going to humiliate itself this way, when they have a legitimate bill being passed (to be honest… if I need my drivers license on me at all times, Immigrants should be carrying their green card at all times… also a drivers license, as a note, will prove citizenship just as easily.) is sad. The bad part of this bill is NOT it’s purpose – it’s purpose is picking up the slack the INS seems incapable of dealing with and making it enforceable by local government, but the fear that this will cause racial profiling to those here legally.

    My end result here? The cops are not going to be doing anything more than asking for ID on those that MAY be illegal immigrant, the only people who have anything to fear here are those illegal immigrants… so honestly? I don’t care – if you have the proper ID, then good for you, if not, go home, and come into this country legally and pay the same taxes on your income that I have to pay.

  8. Crowe on April 21st, 2010 3:29 pm

    Any Alterations invalidate this certificate! So…
    Whats the certificate number?

  9. wallace Torbert on April 21st, 2010 3:41 pm

    Did ya see Bush’s? yuk yuk..well did ya huh..did ya….droooollll

  10. wallace Torbert on April 21st, 2010 3:42 pm

    We need to put the mining company and the Gulf oil folks in charge of nuclear power plants in Republican states. hahahaahlol

  11. vinnie on April 21st, 2010 3:42 pm

    Are you serious. They should first pass a bill on how educated you must be in order to write these bills. Az. is going straight downhill…at this rate they will be the hillbillies of the US.

  12. Bryan on April 21st, 2010 3:55 pm

    It suprises me that there are objects to a presential canadate needing to prove the he/she meets the requirements of the US Constitution.

  13. Anna on April 21st, 2010 4:26 pm

    This is a GREAT idea! Make sure that it is done to every single person in Arizona! If they were not born in the USA they have to leave- (Did you see the irony yet?Make it retroactive back a few geneations as well! Wonderful! It’s not like Arizona is made up of only Native Americans, is it?) I suspect that 97% of the state will have to leave. John McCain will ALSO have to leave since he and I were both born in Panama. If I have to leave since I was not born here, I will take my jobs with me as well.

  14. James Kelley on April 21st, 2010 4:28 pm

    I don’t see a problem with the bill. He lawyers up when people ask to see the certificate, why? If he is legit, I can only guess he doesn’t want people to see the name on the certificate.. since he has changed his name. I could understand that, so show it to a judge or something.. someone who can reliably say it is real without telling everyone his birth name.

    That is the only thing I’m coming up with..

    I have one other point to make, when I first heard the term “birther,” I figured it was a slam on anti-abortion people or people who pump out babies. I didn’t connect it to the people who wanted to see a certificate. Use of the “birther” term strikes me as an attempt to discredit people without any discrediting evidence. Kind of like calling a kid a doo-doo head on the playground.

  15. Mike dansen on April 21st, 2010 4:59 pm

    Please see

    Then if you still want to argue about it please argue it with your other ignorant friends.
    Yes you had to show a birth certificate to get a drivers license so did Obama.

    The document we looked at did have a certificate number; it is 151 1961 – 010641

    And if you really want more prove pay the 2 bucks to get the announcement page of the Honolulu paper reprint of Aug 6th but of course if you saw that it would just be your proof that this conspiry started a few days after Obama’s birth and the announcement was planted way back then.

  16. Read This on April 21st, 2010 5:47 pm
  17. Old Man Dotes on April 21st, 2010 7:26 pm

    NEWSMAX.COM one of your advertisers is clearly a radical right-wing “birther” site, and refused to accept my poll results when they were favorable to Obama.

    Just thought you should know. Oh, and they are also spammers.

  18. Laura on April 21st, 2010 10:58 pm

    Good for them.

    Who needs a faker anyway? Why is it so HARD for Obama to show the proof that he was 100% American -regardless of the race- and the fact that he was born in Hawaii (yes that’s the one of 50 states after all). I don’t see why Obama refused to show the real proof and yes it’s our damn businesses as long as we’re some citizens abiding the laws. If there is no proof that Obama is USA citizen/birther, then he needs to come out and tell the truth and pass his job on Joe Biden. I know for sure that Joe is more than anxious to take on the presidency role.

  19. Laura on April 21st, 2010 11:01 pm

    Crowe on April 21st, 2010 3:29 pm
    Any Alterations invalidate this certificate! So…
    Whats the certificate number?

    Crowe- you’re exactly right. The birth certificate has to be original as the proof before running for presidency. The picture of the birth certificiate seems too brand new and neat (fake).

  20. tye brown on April 22nd, 2010 5:52 am


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  24. Karen Georgia on May 1st, 2010 11:09 am

    I agree with ty brown. Why would a president spend two million dollars to hide his birth certificate, plus his background, if he had nothing to hide. Who is that man that’s running our country, and commiting fraud among other things? We need to stand up and demand to see a real birth certificate, and the government needs to do a complete background check on him.

  25. We Are Change NOLA on May 5th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Um…you don’t think thousands upon millions of dollars are wasted catering to illegals? If you actually read the bill instead of being a tool of the talking heads on TV you would know the bill never mentions anything even remotely racist. Albeit police officers will be more inclined to target people who are obviously from the area where our target illegal immigration issue stems from. That is a no brainer. If you would use your heads for a second and think for yourself and get your own facts instead of regurgitating the BS news agencies (who are not bipartisan nor have your interest at heart) you might realize there is more to this bill than alleged racism. Or maybe you should just go wait at the hospital to be treated, but not before the two dozen illegals with a head cold.

    Research for yourself before you open your mouth. And use your freedoms to verify and research the information before even that right is taken from you.

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