Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:
I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.
II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.
The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle.
Open Letter to Notre Dame Alumni & ParentsApril 27, 2006
Please ask Fr. Jenkins to reconsider his tragic decision and to instead protect the Notre Dame family from the misguided efforts of those who would promote homosexuality (Gay Film Festival) and vulgar expressions of the arts (V-Monologues) in the name of the university dedicated to the holiness of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Please also convey your concerns respectfully but with firmness to the University Board of Trustees as well. Contact info for both is on the www.NoSpecialRights.Net website. It appears that the real discussion among Alumni and Parents is just beginning and that Fr. Jenkins "Closing Statement . . ." has merely become the end of the beginning of the Parents and Alumni review of the promotion of inappropriate sexual behavior at the University.
Did you know that former University President Monk Malloy authored a book entitled "Homosexuality & the Christian Way of Life"?
Did you know that we now have a Gender Relations Center led by Heather Rakoczy operating as a program under the Office of Student Affairs which is under the oversight of Fr. Poorman? Do you know what is being taught about controversial issues such as Gender Identity and Homosexuality? Do you know if your sons and daughters are being encouraged to explore their so-called gender identity? Did you know that there are events scheduled such as "Lesbian Tea" gatherings? Do you know what the University is teaching every Rector's Assistant in the University about homosexuality? Did you know that rainbow adorned materials expressing solidarity with the homosexual cause permeate the dorms? Did you know that rainbow cards, rainbow posters with Scripture verses on them and Rainbow flags are being posted and passed out to students in spite of the fact that the Church teaches that homosexual acts are "disordered"?
Do you know if any of these efforts ever acknowledge that homosexual acts are sinful? Did you know that rainbow prayer cards are passed out at certain Masses which suggest that with respect to homosexuality we should all "Call upon the Holy Spirit that we might celebrate the diversity in our midst" in order to "value lesbian and gay members" of this family and to "implore the Holy Trinity to make us one with our brothers and sisters"?
In spite of the fact that the Scriptures warn that we are not even to eat with those who claim to be a brother and keep on sinning sexually, these prayer cards suggest celebrating homosexuality.
Did you know that a "Pledge of Community" with homosexuals is printed on the back of the Prayer Cards distributed at Mass that reads "Because I have so much to learn from someone who has a different experience and perspective of life from mine; I will attempt to be open minded before all people I meet. I will stand with Christ in community with all my brothers and sisters"?! This confuses the generally good characteristic of being open minded until being convinced of absolute Truth by the Church and the Scriptures, with compromising the absolute Truth to make people feel more comfortable about their sin.
Did you know that openly practicing homosexuals and lesbians have been hired into influential positions in the University? And that high profile members of the administration appear to endorse their lifestyle choice? Did you know that some have suggested that the apparent promotion of homosexuality may be creating a hostile environment for employees and students who do not go along with the agenda? Did you know that some in the Notre Dame Family have or are considering lawsuits to rectify these aggressively pro-homosexual situations?
It is time for everyone with a stake in the Notre Dame Family to respectfully ask tough questions, not allow anyone in leadership to ignore them, and really find out what is happening at our University and whether or not things are on track or off. Many Alumni and Parents are beginning to question Fr. Jenkins' future at the University, as well as Notre Dame's future as a "Catholic" university as a result of these recent events.
Go to www.NoSpecialRights.Net for important updates and information. Please encourage and support Ft. Wayne / South Bend Bishop John D'Arcy who called the controversial events "an abuse of academic freedom". His courage and convictions to keep Notre Dame accountable to the Church and its' Catholic roots is the only bright spot at this point. Please pray for the Bishop as he is the local authority representing the Church . . .
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