Monday, October 19, 2009

R-71: Developing Story

We entered an appeal to Justice Kennedy last Friday asking the US Supreme Court to hear our case on sealing the names of those who signed R-71. Justice Kennedy ordered that the State of Washington file a written response by Monday---today. They have done so a few moments ago.

In appealing to Kennedy to intervene, we said that signers and leaders of the R-71 have been exposed to hostile confrontations and threats. We feel there is merit in keeping the names of signers sealed from homosexual activists who are literally standing at the door of Secretary of State Sam Reed's office, promising to publish the information so these people can be "contacted," as soon as Reed will release the names.

Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed appealed Judge Benjamin Settle's ruling to seal the names to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week. They were successful and the 9th Court ordered Reed to release the names.

Rob McKenna's office successfully argued to the 9th Court that there is little evidence of threats or harassment other than a couple of rude phone calls.

It is difficult to understand how McKenna and Reed are making their case with integrity, when advocacy to kill Stickney and myself as well as destroy church and government property has been posted on the Internet.

We receive a flood of email directed toward Faith and Freedom and myself on our website that reflects the same tone.

Harassing calls have already been made to donors who have contributed to Protect Marriage Washington by a person associated with a homosexual newspaper.

The explanation for the actions of the Attorney General and Secretary of State is that they are simply defending the state's public records law.

Forget me and Stickney for the moment. It is a travesty when citizens cannot express themselves in the political process of our country without fear of retribution from unrestrained homosexual activists.

Intimidation and bullying around the ballot box is normal in third world countries. It is sad that it has become one of several action items for the homosexual activists in the most developed country in the world.

God help us.

Thank you to all who attended the R-71 rallies over the weekend. I was in Spokane, but have heard reports from the others and was told that we were strong and gave a respectful strong message to REJECT R-71/ SB 5688.

Someone shared with me in Spokane that they had been visiting with some friends who had just received their ballots who indicated they were unsure as to how to vote on R-71/ SB 5688 so didn't plan to vote on either of the referenda. This person said they explained R-71, their friends thanked them and promised to vote REJECTED.

There is still time to get out our message as people are receiving and mailing their ballots. If everyone who signed the petition would make a point to talk to 10 people over the next week or so, over a million people would be contacted.

Some are working tirelessly to get the message out to their friends and colleagues in their community, some are thinking about it and some are so busy, it has not occurred to them how much actually hangs in the balance on this one single vote. I trust all of us will be so inspired as to have the will to resist the attempt to enshrine perversion into law and treat as normal, that which is not.

SB 5688 elevates homosexual relations to that of marriage, including redefining spouse, making "husband" and "wife" gender neutral and a long list of redefinitions.

Be active. Be prayerful. Be strong. Do not be afraid.

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11 comments:

  1. Forget me and Stickney for the moment. It is a travesty when citizens cannot express themselves in the political process of our country without fear of retribution from unrestrained homosexual activists.

    Which is exactly why I signed the petition. I plan to vote Approved (not because I favor gay marriage, but because I think it's not the government's place to define marriage at all), but I wanted the brown-shirted yahoos to know exactly what I thought of their tactics. They're welcome to my name and address; in fact, it's not hard to work out from my blog. I despise bullies.

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  2. If you despite bullies as you say, then how can you not reject a referendum that was forced upon the people of this state through legislation fiat rather than respond to the will of the people. That is exactly what has happened.

    You ARE for bullies. It is OK with you that the legislature rises up and says it knows better than the vast majority of its citizenry.

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  3. It is OK with you that the legislature rises up and says it knows better than the vast majority of its citizenry.

    That's what legislators do. It's what they're elected for in a representative democracy. The referendum process is doing exactly what it's intended to do, as well, in allowing the people to overrule the legislature if they former acts too egregiously. If the vast majority of the citizenry believes that this bill is unjust or wrong, then they'll reject it.

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  4. It is a travesty when citizens cannot express themselves in the political process of our country without fear of retribution from unrestrained homosexual activists.

    It is likewise a travesty when citizens cannot express themselves, their love, their peaceful choices in the political and social processes without fear of retribution from unrestrained theocratic "activists". HOWEVER, this is exactly the situation that has been dominant in America almost from the beginning.

    The theocratic bully's are unrelenting in their desire to oppress and destroy - using the sword of the state to oppress and destroy peaceful human beings and their families with whom they disagree about ideas and various sexual, religious and other peaceful behaviors that are variant from their own humanistic behavior.

    A travesty indeed....

    How sad!

    Patrick

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  5. What about all the people who thought they were signing a petition FOR homosexual marriage? Are they going to get harrassed by the homosexuals too? Bet that turns their minds around about how "tolerant" those homosexuals are.

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  6. The names of the R-71 signers should remain sealed for the same reason that our voting ballots are anonymous in the USA. It would not be appropriate for the names and addresses of people who voted for a certain candidate to be published on the internet, so they could be harrassed or threatend by people who disagree with them.
    Keep up the good work!
    Linda Dillon

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  7. Matthew 25:40

    "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"

    Let me forget for a moment how hypocritical it is for you to accuse others of corrupting the democratic process (so that you can carry on with your own abuse of it) so that I can ask you a question.

    What will you say when you face your Creator and he wants to know why there is so much hate in your heart for his children, why you abused your place as a citizen of what is supposed to be the freest nation in the world to suppress others in their own pursuit of happiness? Will you feel like His servant as He looks at you with tears in his eyes, saddened by how venomous man is?

    You have a lot of work ahead of you. I have been in enough churches in my life to know that your misguided attitude comes from the mouths of imbecile preachers and not from your own true understanding of God's word. Open your Bible to Leviticus, the home of the "man shall not lie with man" verse so often quoted in this sad debate. And then examine some of the other rules there. For example, Moses was told not to allow multiple breeds of cow to graze together, not to eat fruit fallen off the tree, not to wear clothing made of more than one fabric. Hear that? If you own a sweatshirt made of both cotton and polyester, you're going to the same Hell as gay people.

    (As a side note, these same chapters contain the following passage: "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong." Strange that Leviticus is so often quoted in the gay rights debate, but not in the immigration debate.)

    Lucky for you, these offenses are not "sins", they are "abominations"... that is, violations of the Hebrew CULTURAL CODE. It's got nothing to do with morality and it's got nothing to do with the modern Christian. Do you restrict yourself to kosher food? Did a mohel perform your circumcision? Do you observe Yom Kippur? No? Then why do you select one obscure passage, pretend it has anything to do with the religion that you adhere to, and make it the political focal point of your movement?

    It is time to stop perpetuating such ignorance and allow religious people to rejoin the modern world as a relevant political force. It starts with you.

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  8. These rulings by the courts seem to suggest that the policy of the state outweighs the rights of the individual.

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  9. The names of the R-71 signers should remain sealed for the same reason that our voting ballots are anonymous in the USA.

    Maybe so, Linda, but the law prescribes that they be part of the public record. That's always been the case; it wasn't just enacted for this particular referendum.

    In California, the homosexuals tried to pervert the democratic process by first enforcing their will through judicial fiat, and then trying to prevent the people from voting on it as the law allows. In other words, they perverted the law when it failed to suit their agenda. I don't want us to do the same thing when it suits us.

    However, I don't make a big issue out of that because I live in a part of eastern Washington where there simply aren't enough homosexuals to make up a good lynch mob. So I won't criticize those who have more to fear from the gay brownshirts than I do.

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  10. The names of the R-71 signers should remain sealed for the same reason that our voting ballots are anonymous in the USA.

    This comments shows how limited the thinking of these people are - simply talking points that they readily fall for because independent, objective thinking is something that is oppressed in the Evangelical right community.

    Patrick

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  11. Hully gee, us iggernet godbags cain't think fer our ownselves, huh?

    Which is kind of a shame for our soi-disant intellectual superiors, because we still have a franchise. And that, neighbor, means our rights count as much as yours. Even if the slander about "oppressed" thinking were true, that would have no bearing on whether we were right or wrong, let alone on whether we had a right to vote our consciences without fear of retaliation.

    However, as it happens, it's a long way from true. I'm no longer an Evangelical, but my experience is that such people usually think long and hard about their opinions, rather than merely following the one that looks most appealing on the surface. They merely measure things against a different yardstick.

    Moving on to practical matters, Patrick, my link makes it possible to determine my identity. Is yours equally accessible, so we know who spoke out against the referendum? Or should anonymity be only for people you approve of?

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