Friday, May 08, 2009

I'm Getting a Different Response to the Referendum

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Since an all out effort has been made to derail a referendum to overturn SB 5688 during the past few days, just as it was being filed, and that effort has been taken to the press and widely reported in both the local and some national press, we decided to take a survey which includes the question "Do you support referendum 71?"

We are getting a different response than the one being reported and used as a measure of "sea change" by Danny Westneat at The Seattle Times and others.

The survey referenced by Westneat was, according to the report, taken among "right leaning political or religious activists." Westneat calls the survey a "revealing memo." Indeed it is.

Our survey is being taken among "right leaning political or religious activists" and some ordinary people who go to church, believe the Bible teaches against homosexual relations and really don't think those relations should be enshrined into law. Particularly by redefining marriage through an incremental expansion of domestic partnership legislation.

You can read the material Westneat references. It refers to 34 people who were contacted. Of the 34 the "revealing memo" says were contacted, only 6, says the memo, were favorable toward a referendum. It involves lengthy quotes of those contacted.

This has led Westneat, and others, to agree that, "It's dumb to try to repeal it. [ SB 5688 ] We'd lose. We'd set our cause back." And conclude with some who said that many within the Republican Party have moved on from these kinds of issues and feel that "we Christians don't understand that 'gay marriage' is just fair and Christians should get over it."

The "revealing memo" reveals that leaders and elected officials were contacted among the 34.

Faith and Freedom is getting a little different picture. With several hundreds filling out our survey, it is running, as of this morning, 98.8% who favor the referendum and 6.7% who oppose it. The other 1.5% aren't sure.

Ironically, I received a call yesterday from someone quoted in the"revealing memo" as one who does not support the referendum, telling me a check was in the mail to help.

Perhaps those who desperately want the gay agenda advanced, such as most in the press, or those who may not be listening to enough people, could be wrong.

Joel Connelly, at the Seattle PI says he doesn't think the referendum has a chance. He says those who are advancing it are doing so "on a wing and a prayer."

I can go with prayer every time. Maybe, just maybe, more wings will sprout on the biblical believers and conservatives than some can even imagine.

If you have not yet filled out the survey, please do and forward the link to as many friends, family and community contacts as possible. Click here for the survey.

Have a great weekend. Talk to people at church this weekend about getting involved and helping---growing some wings.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. Lord I pray for the awakening of your people to true repentance and turning from their wicked ways. Please forgive me of my prideful ways, my self-centeredness, my thinking I can do anything without you.

    Help Gary and his staff to forge ahead as he spearheads this effort back to some sanity. The battle is fierce Lord and your enemy of your word spews hatred for you and your ways. Help us all to stand on your truth, your word is truth.

  2. What you fail to acknowledge, Mr. Randall, is that America is not and never has been a Christian nation, despite what you WANT to be true (as the inherent nature of religion goes- the WANT for something to be true somehow makes it so..?) The beauty in that freedom allows for both freedom of and from religion- America is a FREE nation (I think we can agree, at least, on that point.) Church and state need to stay separate or the very foundation of America will crumble beneath our feet. The fact that over a thousand rights are being denied millions of American citizens is nothing short of legal discrimination and is outright unconstitutional. If the law were to discriminate you on the basis of your faith then I would be fighting right along side you for your right to freedom, despite that I don't share your faith, because we all, as humans and American citizens, deserve the right to liberty.

  3. Gary,
    I strongly support what you're doing. For some reason the survey link refuses to let me vote (says I've already voted).

    Please fix the math in your blog entry:
    "Faith and Freedom is getting a little different picture. With several hundreds filling out our survey, it is running, as of this morning, 98.8% who favor the referendum and 6.7% who oppose it. The other 1.5% aren't sure."

    God's Peace,

  4. People of faith who want to follow Jesus will always be against what's wrong doing what they can whenever they can, giving what they have to give, speaking up against sin and corruption whether or not anyone thinks things will change or not. They will do so because they know that what God has done is good and right and it matters not to them how many people want to redesign nature or the conscience of man. They will do so and continue to do so because Jesus is the Lord and God's way is right. If there is just one, one will speak up against a thousand because God is watching over them.

  5. your numbers don't add up to 100% they add up to 107%

  6. Church and state must come together in Christ and abide in him in order to remain, for all things that are not in Christ shall come to their end.

  7. Yes, churches need to step up and realize their resposibility to stand up to these 'moral issues' that are running amuck, and are affecting OUR lives within our lives and churches. Politics have gotten into OUR lives with our churches, thus we need to keep speaking up, before like Canada, our ministers are kept from preaching from the Holy Bible those subjects that don't 'jive' with our society!

  8. It looks like I can only complete your survey if I agree with your position on same-sex marriage and agree to support Ref. 71. Not really an accurate survey, I think.

  9. Post 1:23 above. First, you don't have to agree with our position or support Referendum 71 in order to fill out the survey. Others have disagreed with our position in filling it out. There is a "yes" and a ""no" on the referendum question. Just click one.
    Secondly, it is very accurate. It exactly reflects how our readers feel about 4 questions. It was never presented as anything other than that.

    Faith and Freedom Staff

  10. F&F Staff,

    Yes, it will take a NO on the first question, but then it FORCES you to answer how you WILL support it - Financial, Petitions, or Prayer. You can't continue without selecting one of those three options.

    If you answer no, you obviously wouldn't support it at all.

    Therefor, it's a very poorly designed survey for accurately capturing opinions. However, if the true primary intent was to collect email addresses and donations - it's design is ok.

  11. However, if the true primary intent was to collect email addresses and "donations - it's design is ok."

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

    Seriously the entire intent of this referendum is gathering mailing list info and making money.


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