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.
Unintended Consequences: Post Sugarcoats Homosexual Thuggery Against Philadelphia Boy ScoutsNov. 26, 2007
To: The South Bend Common Council
From: Patrick E. Mangan
The special rights ordinance was a bad idea in 2006 and it is still a bad idea today . . . The Council was right to turn down the ordinance then and will be right in turning it down again. If you truly care about those suffering from same sex attraction as we do, join us in lovingly opposing the homosexual agenda and offering help and healing to those willing to experience freedom through Jesus Christ. I have been ministering to homosexuals for many years and have lost friends to Aids too. There are many former homosexuals living happy healthy lives today. Those who continue in this dangerous, destructive and deadly lifestyle are likely to suffer the consequences of an unnecessarily early and painful death through medical and biological complications associated with the addictive sexual behaviors of homosexuality.
The unintended consequences of promoting the homosexual agenda in Philadelphia and Boston has been the persecution of and demise of organizations who formerly performed great service for their communities. The article below from my good friend Robert Knight highlights the plight of the Boy Scouts in Philadelphia who are now in the cross hairs of a militant homosexual City Solicitor. The cardinal sin of Catholic Charities in Boston and the Boy Scouts in Philadelphia was that they disagreed with what homosexuals believe and what they do. Most people not only disagree but are actually repulsed by the specific details of homosexual sex acts. The obvious health risks and widespread repulsion are why there is very little public discussion of these practices. The details are not pretty or harmless. That is why Dr. Sergio opted not to present you with the graphic details of the precise addictive behaviors during his presentation last year. And the truth is that the psychological harms may be even more destructive than the obvious physical and biological problems.
The alleged discrimination against the GLBT community is a myth. The only real pattern of violence against homosexuals is from other homosexuals. And this seems to stem from the many addictive behaviors engaged in and synergized by the homosexual lifestyle. Namely psychological problems and substance abuse charged by sexual practices that turn violent. That is what is supported by the facts. When you lay aside the emotionalism of the addiction and consider the real facts, no one can make a serious argument that we ought to promote this lifestyle. And it is a particularly spurious argument to compare these repugnant practices to the dignity of one's racial and ethnic heritage. That is why many minority leaders reject the comparison with understandable disdain. It is why leaders like Ed Henry, Ray Thomas, Juan Manigault, and Michael Patton have already voiced their opposition to this bill.
It is not discrimination that the GLBT community is experiencing from the community at large, it is disagreement. No one has denied their right to come forward and make their case. No one has tried to outlaw their speech for promoting dangerous and aberrant sexual behaviors. They on the other hand want to outlaw disagreement and punish it. Most people disagree with what homosexuals do and what they believe. In a pluralistic society, disagreements are to be expected and accepted. Trying to force people to agree is not an exercise in diversity, but rather a deceitful and militant attempt to enforce uniformity through persecution. This is simply not supported in our Constitution. There is no Constitutional right to 'not be disagreed with'.
However well intended some of our Council Members may be who support this, they are wrong. The unintended negative consequences to our constitutional freedoms of speech , assembly and worship far outweigh the outlandish and unsubstantiated claims made by GLBT activists and the Mayor that this will benefit the community.
While the initiation of this discussion during the holy season of Christmas seems particularly offensive and insensitive, citizens of faith will engage the discussion as an opportunity to offer the hope of a new beginning this Christmas to those seeking to be free of the chains of homosexuality and the GLBT lifestyle. We encourage those seeking freedom to visit CCV's website www.VictimAssistance.info or to call on a Bible believing Church or faith based ministry who can help them.
Post Sugarcoats Thuggery Against Philadelphia Boy ScoutsThe Post's description is a classic example of moral equivalence, in which aggressor and victim are co-belligerents.
By Robert Knight
The Washington Post this week stepped delicately around the thuggish tactics employed by Philadelphia City Solicitor Romulo Diaz, who has engineered a coup against the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
In the November 19 article, “Philadelphia Gives Boy Scouts Ultimatum,” Post staff writer Dafna Linzer noted that Diaz had given the Boy Scouts until December 3 to agree to pay $200,000 or lose the headquarters the Scouts have had in a city park for nearly 100 years.
The local Scouts, who serve 64,000 mostly minority boys in Philadelphia and in two adjoining counties, had an agreement to lease the building for a dollar a year. Urged on by Diaz, the City Council on May 31 invoked a “sexual orientation” law and reneged on the agreement.
Here’s how the Post summarized the city’s crackdown: “The confrontation between the city and the nation’s third largest Scouts chapter has been building for four years, with each side blaming the other for backing out of previous agreements and for escalating tensions.”
So who’s the bully? Egged on by local homosexual activists, city officials are clearly the aggressors, not the Scouts. But the Post’s description is a classic example of moral equivalence, in which aggressor and victim are co-belligerents.
The Post also noted that the city “has invited the Boy Scouts to remain in the nearly 100-year-old building as paying tenants.”
“Invited?” That’s a little like saying a mugger “has invited” his victim to remain unharmed as long as he forks over his wallet.
Here are a few things the Post story left out:
It might be nice to know what the mean, bigoted old National headquarters thinks of this.
How about a Gay Pride Center? No problem there with a lack of money or connections. And it would make a fine kick-off to Gay Pride Month, which the city celebrates annually in June with taxpayer-sponsored activities. Diaz could be the first guest speaker.
As for the ongoing slaughter in the streets, Philadelphia had 406 homicides in 2006, courtesy of fatherless barbarians who could have benefited from character building offered by the Boy Scouts.
“It's a disturbing statistic, we're very concerned about it, and we're going to do everything we can to reduce it,” Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Over at City Hall, the City Council and the mayor are doing their part by blessing the city solicitor’s ambitious social agenda. If the Scouts are forced out of town, it might not make Philadelphia a more livable place.
But let’s look at the bright side. Taxable champagne sales will soar in some circles.
Maybe the city can put the money toward building a more efficient morgue.
Robert Knight is director of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.
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