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.
Just say No to Homosexual Activists . . . Campaign against the Scouts is an attack on their Constitutional Rights!July 22, 2006
Council Members who voted "No" on Bill #29-06 are protectors of the community! Don't be swayed by the verbal tantrums of the homosexual activists. The Community stands behind the Council Members who said "No" to SBE, the homosexual agenda and Bill # 29-06. If this discussion is now going to be an unending debate, then sobeit. It will be much easier to remind voters in next year's City Elections just where every elected official made their stand. I am confident that Hoosier Families will embrace Hoosier values in their public servants.
Opponents of the legislation warned that if passed it would trigger unintended consequences. (See the article below.) That is why we also oppose an Executive Order from Steve Luecke. The Boy Scouts in Philadelphia and Catholic Charities adoption program in Boston are glaring examples of the aggressive, bullying tactics being used by the homosexual movement to punish those who disagree, when they have even temporarily achieved special status in the law. Offering legitimacy in law for aberrant sexual behaviors is bad public policy. It is also bad policy for the governance of social services which is why I publicly opposed efforts in 2000 during a United Way of St. Joseph County Board of Directors Meeting where it was suggested that we change the nondiscrimination language for the United Way as well.
Every time this issue is brought before the Council it will be opposed by an ever growing coalition of citizens. Perhaps a growing number of Hoosier families will now begin an effort to repeal all of the special rights for homosexuals ordinances recently established in Indiana as well as any misguided Executive Orders as well. Why should Indiana become the trophy of homosexual activists, who point to recent events in our state and promote the idea that if Indiana voters in the Heartland of the nation will allow special rights for homosexuals, then who can oppose them?
At best the efforts to promote special rights for homosexuals are well intentioned, but incredibly misguided. At it's worst they are a vicious attack on the Constitutional Rights of all individuals to live consistent with their Christian Faith based on the Bible. Christian citizens have the same rights as the rest of Americans. The attempted character assignation of Christian leaders by homosexual activists is both unethical and mean spirited.
Homosexual activists are not seeking "fairness". They already have the right to advocate their position and are using that right continuously, which demonstrates that their constitutional rights are fully operating.
What they are seeking is a legal guarantee that no one can disagree with them without being punished. The whole notion is childish. "If you don't agree with everything I do, then you reject me as a person". This is a false premise. No responsible parent could or would accept this premise from their own child much less from an employee or coworker in situations of public accommodation. It is the height of manipulation and what one attorney called the tyranny of the individual. And no matter how loud the tantrum by homosexual and GLBT activists, very few businesses are going to accept a guy in a dress to market their company, even if the guy "perceives" that his "gender identity" is feminine.
If we have the tax money to retrofit the City County Building with transgendered restrooms and if we have hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay out to strip bar operators behaving badly and their attorneys, maybe we should find the money to pay our police a competitive wage in light of the dangers they face.
Some have suggested that it is "un-Christian" to oppose the special rights being promoted for homosexuals. Some have even suggested it constitutes mistreatment of the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Yet Jesus said in Matthew 12:50 "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven are my brother and sister . . ." The will of the Father as expressed in the Holy Scriptures clearly condemns homosexual sex acts in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It is impossible to be intellectually honest as a Christian Believer and support homosexuality.
It is perfectly consistent for a Christian to reject the sin of homosexuality and lovingly offer the promise of the Gospel of Jesus to be forgiven to men and women caught in the sin of homosexuality. It is precisely what Jesus did when he encountered those entangled in sexual sin.
Jesus died on the Cross for homosexual sins too! True Christians should say what Jesus said, "I don't condemn you, now go and sin no more ". . . Jesus, without condemning their personhood, and with love in His eyes rejected their sexual misdeeds as sin and told them not to do it anymore. It is those individuals who wish to be completely identified with and by their sexual practices and those who want to wallow in the mud of pornography who are obsessed with sex, not those who believe in sexual purity and want to be identified with a crucified Jesus.
Bearing false witness against Christians and faith leaders by calling them bigots is clearly an "un-Christian" thing to do. Anyone claiming to be a Christian should be held accountable to the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit. Those who speak against the Scriptures, against the integrity of faith leaders falsely and against sexual purity cast great doubt on their claim that the are in fact Christians.
It is un-American and unconstitutional to force Christian citizens and taxpayers to acknowledge homosexuals as a special protected class. Special Status =Special Rights -- Special Rights are not Civil Rights!-- Special Rights are the Enemy of Constitutional Rights . . .
Patrick Mangan, NoSpecialRights.net
Jul 22, 3:30 PM EDT
Philadelphia May Evict Boy Scouts CouncilPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The city said it will evict a Boy Scout council from its publicly owned headquarters or make the group pay a fair rent price unless it changes its policy on gays.
The Boy Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council, the country's third-largest, has been battling with the city for more than three years over the policy, which like the national Scouts organization forbids gays from being leaders.
City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. wrote a letter to William T. Dwyer III, president of the Cradle of Liberty Council, stating that the council's "discriminatory policies" violate city policy and law, and that city officials have not been assured the group will not discriminate.
Unless the city gets a "fair-market rent agreement," the council will be evicted, the letter says.
The group has made its headquarters on a half-acre owned by the city in the upscale Philadelphia Art Museum area since 1928, when the city council voted to allow the Scouts to use the property rent-free "in perpetuity." The Scouts pay for building upkeep.
Council spokesman Jeff Jubelirer questioned the timing of the city's move.
"With an epidemic of gun violence taking the lives of Philadelphia's children every day, it is ironic the administration chose this time to destroy programming that services 40,000 children in the city," Jubelirer said.
Stacey Sobel, executive director of Philadelphia's Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, said she's pleased the city is taking action.
"If they are going to discriminate, the taxpayers shouldn't be subsidizing it," Sobel said.
The Boy Scouts of America's policy on gay leaders was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000.
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