Friday, June 12, 2009

Seattle Businessman Tours State for R-71

I realize that you will rarely find comments from someone other than Gary Randall on this blog. I am grateful for the chance to share my recent experiences with all those who read the Faith and Freedom blog.

I am a business man in the Seattle area and I can tell you that times have been tough in business recently. However, there is tremendous reason for hope in the state of Washington. Why? Let me tell you.

During the past week I have traveled the state distributing petitions to those who wish to support Referendum 71. The requests have come in like a flood, some asking for several hundred petitions at a time, enthusiastic to get them to friends, family, and their community.

Why do I have hope? My hope stems from what I have seen in these people.

Who are they? They are from all walks of life in our state, from voting age to well over age 80, all economic levels, various ethnic and racial backgrounds, from small communities on the Peninsula to Walla Walla to the biggest cities in the Puget Sound area, they are asking for copies of the petition.

Some voices in our state and the media have characterized these people as hateful, bigoted, bitter people who enjoy taking rights from others. Some would call them "right wing extremists." Those are not the people I have seen this past week. I have met respectful, hard working, courteous, dedicated - in some cases driving hours to get a petition - clear eyed, "salt of the earth" people who believe marriage is truly only between one man and one woman. No one has been bitter, none have been anxious to deny anyone's freedom to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

They are concerned, however. They are concerned that our State legislature could quickly and forcefully pass a law that will affect all families, all children, all employees and employers, without a vote of the people. The people I have met this past week are also firm in their belief, taking action, and strong in their will. So, they are following the democratic process we follow in our state and supporting this referendum.

This is why I have great hope for our state. If we in Washington continue to respectfully, resolutely take action, and don't sit on the sidelines, then our Faith and our Freedom will remain strong. If we sit on the sidelines and assume we cannot win, or believe it is not our place to act, then they are in peril.

After this week, I believe most will chose to have a voice, and choose to let the state legislature know that we deserve a chance to vote on such an important issue.

Many, many people are working hard on this petition drive. My thanks to everyone. The momentum is growing quickly. My thanks also to Gary for this time, and his leadership, and for reminding us of what is truly important in our culture.

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Rick Wilson
Secretary, Treasurer
Faith & Freedom

9 comments:

  1. Calling a wolf a sheep does not make it one. Rick, you are just as homophobic and hateful as Gary.

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  2. I was reading from The Pilgrim's Progress and came to the part where the trial of Faithful began
    to play out as he and Christian would not buy anything at Vanity Fair.

    I took interest at the words of one named Envy, who being a proper
    name for this character, we thus see his name capitalized. And so if I may by the grace of God proceed to give the following report on this part of the book:

    Envy took his place before the court. (Now it was this Envy who also was among other two witnesses
    and they were Superstition, and Gainglory.)

    Envy claimed before the judge to have known this man Faithful for a long time, and so Envy was sworn
    in by this judge, and Envy continued. He told the judge that
    though the name of Faithful was indeed credible, he was actually one of the vilest men of their country.

    Envy testified that Faithful had no regard for either ruler, people, law, or custom, but rather
    would do all he could to instill in every man the things that were of his disloyal notions, such as Principals of Faith and Holiness,
    for Envy himself heard him declare
    that Christianity and the customs of their Town of Vanity were wholly and completely opposite and contrary.

    Envy reasoned that by saying so, Faithful had not only condemned their noble acts but also them for
    doing them.

    Envy was more than willing to elaborate on his testimony against Faithful if indeed it was
    needed by the court in order to dispose of the man after hearing from the other witnesses, but he did not wish to be tiring or tedious to the court. He then was asked to stand by.

    Next, Superstition was called to take the stand on behalf of their lord the king. He claimed to not really know the man but found him to be very unpleasant and offensive due to an earlier discussion with him, for he heard
    him say that the religion of their town was nothing and that no man could please God by it.

    And so he encouraged the judge of what must follow by such reasoning, that they worshiped things to no benefit, were yet in sin, and would at last be damned.

    Gainglory was next. He told the court how he was quite familiar with the man, and heard him talk of things that shouldn't be said...



    And I began to wonder what might happen if things got turned around. I believe God will save any nation that repents of it's sins, and does instead the things that please him. If they put off worthless things and pursue righteousness, justice, and true
    discernment, with mercy and faith,
    holding the truth as it should be held, while not accepting anything
    less, will he not be willing and able to save it by Jesus Christ?

    And isn't the same grace of God unto individuals too, because of the sacrifice that Jesus gave for
    the sins of the world, forgiving all?

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  3. I was reading from The Pilgrim's Progress and came to the part where the trial of Faithful began
    to play out as he and Christian would not buy anything at Vanity Fair.

    I took interest at the words of one named Envy, who being a proper
    name for this character, we thus see his name capitalized. And so if I may by the grace of God proceed to give the following report on this part of the book:

    Envy took his place before the court. (Now it was this Envy who also was among other two witnesses
    and they were Superstition, and Gainglory.)

    Envy claimed before the judge to have known this man Faithful for a long time, and so Envy was sworn
    in by this judge, and Envy continued. He told the judge that
    though the name of Faithful was indeed credible, he was actually one of the vilest men of their country.

    Envy testified that Faithful had no regard for either ruler, people, law, or custom, but rather
    would do all he could to instill in every man the things that were of his disloyal notions, such as Principals of Faith and Holiness,
    for Envy himself heard him declare
    that Christianity and the customs of their Town of Vanity were wholly and completely opposite and contrary.

    Envy reasoned that by saying so, Faithful had not only condemned their noble acts but also them for
    doing them.

    Envy was more than willing to elaborate on his testimony against Faithful if indeed it was
    needed by the court in order to dispose of the man after hearing from the other witnesses, but he did not wish to be tiring or tedious to the court. He then was asked to stand by.

    Next, Superstition was called to take the stand on behalf of their lord the king. He claimed to not really know the man but found him to be very unpleasant and offensive due to an earlier discussion with him, for he heard
    him say that the religion of their town was nothing and that no man could please God by it.

    And so he encouraged the judge of what must follow by such reasoning, that they worshiped things to no benefit, were yet in sin, and would at last be damned.

    Gainglory was next. He told the court how he was quite familiar with the man, and heard him talk of things that shouldn't be said...



    And I began to wonder what might happen if things got turned around. I believe God will save any nation that repents of it's sins, and does instead the things that please him. If they put off worthless things and pursue righteousness, justice, and true
    discernment, with mercy and faith,
    holding the truth as it should be held, while not accepting anything
    less, will he not be willing and able to save it by Jesus Christ?

    And isn't the same grace of God unto individuals too, because of the sacrifice that Jesus gave for
    the sins of the world, forgiving all?

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  4. I was reading from The Pilgrim's Progress and came to the part where the trial of Faithful began
    to play out as he and Christian would not buy anything at Vanity Fair.

    I took interest at the words of one named Envy, who being a proper
    name for this character, we thus see his name capitalized. And so if I may by the grace of God proceed to give the following report on this part of the book:

    Envy took his place before the court. (Now it was this Envy who also was among other two witnesses
    and they were Superstition, and Gainglory.)

    Envy claimed before the judge to have known this man Faithful for a long time, and so Envy was sworn
    in by this judge, and Envy continued. He told the judge that
    though the name of Faithful was indeed credible, he was actually one of the vilest men of their country.

    Envy testified that Faithful had no regard for either ruler, people, law, or custom, but rather
    would do all he could to instill in every man the things that were of his disloyal notions, such as Principals of Faith and Holiness,
    for Envy himself heard him declare
    that Christianity and the customs of their Town of Vanity were wholly and completely opposite and contrary.

    Envy reasoned that by saying so, Faithful had not only condemned their noble acts but also them for
    doing them.

    Envy was more than willing to elaborate on his testimony against Faithful if indeed it was
    needed by the court in order to dispose of the man after hearing from the other witnesses, but he did not wish to be tiring or tedious to the court. He then was asked to stand by.

    Next, Superstition was called to take the stand on behalf of their lord the king. He claimed to not really know the man but found him to be very unpleasant and offensive due to an earlier discussion with him, for he heard
    him say that the religion of their town was nothing and that no man could please God by it.

    And so he encouraged the judge of what must follow by such reasoning, that they worshiped things to no benefit, were yet in sin, and would at last be damned.

    Gainglory was next. He told the court how he was quite familiar with the man, and heard him talk of things that shouldn't be said...



    And I began to wonder what might happen if things got turned around. I believe God will save any nation that repents of it's sins, and does instead the things that please him. If they put off worthless things and pursue righteousness, justice, and true
    discernment, with mercy and faith,
    holding the truth as it should be held, while not accepting anything
    less, will he not be willing and able to save it by Jesus Christ?

    And isn't the same grace of God unto individuals too, because of the sacrifice that Jesus gave for
    the sins of the world, forgiving all?

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  5. 11:24 In response to your words, I cannot speak for others, but I can relate as to how I feel, and do feel many Christians feel the same way!
    We are NOT homophobic, we are concerned about our 'authentic' marriages, and the 'changing the laws concerning our authentic marriages.
    However, we also are 'concerned' for those 'caught up' in this movement of same sex relationships. We care for this group as fellow citizens. We are all God's people. All 'made' by Him. Thus, we DO care! We pray for their 'enlightenment' someday. WE in the meantime, have 'love' for them, and yes, prayerfully have the 'hope' that someday the understanding of us NOT having conficts between us, but actually friends as fellow citizens. We just need the protection of our authentic marraiages. We don't hate. We LOVE, and pray for mutual understanding between us! Yes, you have choices with your life style, as you always have had, but, not at the expense changing the laws of authentic marriages! This is not hate, this is our conviction, and unfortunately, one of those situations where we don't agree. That is what is neat about our country, we can have the freedom to disagree, but yet have respect for each other, We respect you as our fellow citizens, prayerfully you can do the same for us!

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  6. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a group calling itself "Faith and Freedom" is engaged in a single-minded endeavor to deny to some of our fellow citizens the most basic of freedoms? What is freedom if not the ability to live a life in a manner of one's own choosing, free of the arbitrary restraints imposed by those who hold a popular viewpoint.

    What a wonderful world it would be if we could all just learn to mind our own business. What a difference you could make if you channeled all this passion and energy toward making the world a better place, rather than running to the government to insure your psychological comfort. And what of the principle of limited government? Surely, you must believe Jefferson when he said "that government is best which governs least." Or Thomas Paine, who said "those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." It is not easy work, defending this freedom, but I believe it is worth it. A person who would expend this much time and energy (and money) to deny freedom to his neighbor, clearly does not know the meaning of the word. He who would trade his liberty for comfort deserves neither.

    I would recommend you change the name of your group. I'll give you "faith" but the last thing you care about is "freedom."

    Eric B.
    Seattle, WA

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  7. 2:58 PM, June 14, 2009
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    11:24 In response to your words, I cannot speak for others, but I can relate as to how I feel, and do feel many Christians feel the same way!
    We are NOT homophobic, we are concerned about our 'authentic' marriages, and the 'changing the laws concerning our authentic marriages.
    However, we also are 'concerned' for those 'caught up' in this movement of same sex relationships. We care for this group as fellow citizens. We are all God's people. All 'made' by Him. Thus, we DO care! We pray for their 'enlightenment' someday. WE in the meantime, have 'love' for them, and yes, prayerfully have the 'hope' that someday the understanding of us NOT having conficts between us, but actually friends as fellow citizens. We just need the protection of our authentic marraiages. We don't hate. We LOVE, and pray for mutual understanding between us! Yes, you have choices with your life style, as you always have had, but, not at the expense changing the laws of authentic marriages! This is not hate, this is our conviction, and unfortunately, one of those situations where we don't agree. That is what is neat about our country, we can have the freedom to disagree, but yet have respect for each other, We respect you as our fellow citizens, prayerfully you can do the same for us!

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    I think that it is fear first and then hate. Fear that God is going to zap you for the actions of homosexuals.
    It must be very uncomfortable to be in a situation that you can not control and believe that you will be punished for the the actions of others.
    We will all be judged, fairly I might add, for our own actions and not the actions of others.

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  8. Ralph, twisty twisty twisty, is what have have done to my 'words', and trodden on my heart felt words of Love and Concern for my fellow citizens, whom I have had the priviledge to call 'my friends' many times during my life, when we had meaningful, great friendships! AGAIN, it's NOT about us as individuals 'life style', it's about the LAWS-both man's and God's!
    It's comparable to a person's choice of politics! We live in a free land of choices! We have the ability of respecting each others beliefs, and yet disagree in some area of our lives. Yes, live and let live, but NOT when it changes the very foundation of our families and marriages. GoD has set up one man/on women marriages, for the purpose of having children HIS way! In today's world, it's more complicated, with the 'pee dish' artificial ways to have children, etc. But, God is STILL the same yesterday, today and forever! His principles will NEVER change! Many of us stand by HIs principles! Prayerfully you will come to 'understand' what that means! In the meantime, our Love and Concern and Prayers are for us all--and yes, for the Gay commumity also!

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  9. Ummm, how many wives did Abraham have? Isaac? Jacob?

    The Bible clearly DOES NOT support the idea that marriage is between ONE man and ONE woman, so please stop pretending it does.

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