From: stufire@q.com
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Subject: DEFEAT SB100 AMENDMENTS, VOTE NO, STOP IT
Date: Thu Feb 13 17:06:15 MST 2014
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PLEASE Stop/Vote NO on SB100 amendments. 

Fight the immoral onslaught the LGBT crowd continue to perpetrate on our nation. If we don't fight for our rights to a decent society here in Utah, we will get what we deserve. Our rights to freedom, family, and faith were hard fought sacrifices that required the blood and toil of the pilgrims, the founding fathers of our nation, and Utah's LDS pioneers. 

SB100 will discriminate against  persons of conscience and religious conviction. It will open the door for normalizing the LGBT lifestyle and it will only be a matter of time before their lifestyle will be taught in our public schools to our children. Once this type of law is on the books, the LGBT people will sue for access to the schools to normalize their lifestyle and the courts have already shown that they will rule in their favor. We will have immorality and the same sex lifestyle taught to our children at school. It  would allow people of any gender to have access to any intimate facility by saying that they "Identify" with that gender.  That means that boys COULD NOT BE PREVENTED from using girls' bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. and vice versa.  This is very discriminatory to  persons of conscience and religious conviction and is an affront to all things moral, decent, faith and family. 

We do not have a discrimination problem in Utah. 

Since 72% of Utahns  (Supposedly 72%...Its all in the wording and the broad or narrowness of the general public surveyed, plus the understanding, or lack there of, of the surveyed  individual and what will be the end results of the legislation or question they are agreeing to.)  believe it is ideal to house and employ gays and lesbians (an estimated 3-8% of the population,) why do we need a bill to force 28% of Utahns to do the same?  The bill is not about stoping non-existent animus.  The bill is simply designed to redefine gender as an emotional state

Troubling Text from the bill SB100:

"Gender identity" means an individual's internal sense of gender, without regard to the individual's designated sex at birth . Evidence of gender identity may include an individual's self-identification, as well as the individual's gender-related appearance, mannerisms, and other gender-related characteristics." (lines 83-86)
"Sexual orientation" means an individual's actual or perceived orientation as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. (lines 119-120)
"It is a discriminatory and prohibited employment practice to deny an employee access to restrooms, shower facilities, or dressing facilities that are consistent with the employee's gender identity"  (lines 517-519)

 

In reality, this wording is a sleeper cell for the ACLU.  Once we redefine gender, those who opt in to this new gender will only be recognised in housing and employment.  This bill literally creates second class citizens, who have half the rights of males and females; They will immediately sue for full rights under the law; another backdoor approach to destroying man woman marriage in Utah, and other gender based protections, like privacy and public decency standards.

Look to the below example from Massachusetts to see what the future holds for Utah if this or similar legislation passes that normalizes or gives special rights as a protected class to the LGBT.

 
Exerts from the article:
  • At my own children's high school there was a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex "marriage" in earlyDecember 2003. It featured an array of speakers, including teachers at the school who announced that they would be "marrying" their same-sex partners and starting families, either through adoption or artificial insemination. Literature on same-sex marriage - how it is now a normal part of society - was handed out to the students.
  • Within months it was brought into the middle schools. In September 2004, an 8th-grade teacher in Brookline, Mass., told National Public Radio that the marriage ruling had opened up the door for teaching homosexuality. "In my mind, I know that, 'OK, this is legal now.' If somebody wants to challenge me, I'll say, 'Give me a break. It's legal now,'" she told NPR. She added that she now discusses gay sex with her students as explicitly as she desires. For example, she said she tells the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys.
  • By the following year it was in elementary school curricula - with hostility toward parents who disagreed. Kindergartners in Lexington, Mass. were given copies of a picture book, Who's in a Family?, telling them that same-sex couples are just another kind of family, just like their own parents. When David Parker - parent of a kindergartner - calmly refused to leave a school meeting unless officials agreed to notify him when discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and jailed overnight.
  • The next year, second graders at the same school were read a book, King& King, about two men who fall in love and marry each other, ending with a picture of them kissing. When parents Robb and Robin Wirthlin complained, they were told that the school had no obligation to notify them or allow them to opt their child out.
  • In 2007 a federal judge ruled that because of "gay marriage" in Massachusetts, parents have no rights regarding the teaching of homosexual relationships in schools. The previous year the Parkers and Wirthlins had filed a federal civil rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judge dismissed the case. The appeals judges later upheld the first judge's ruling that because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children; and schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt out their children. Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter of good citizenship! 

Quote from The Family: A Proclamation to the World The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

"THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity."
"WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

The LDS Church has set up this Web site  promoting and encouraging all people to understand and stand up for religious  freedoms:  
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/official-statement/religious-freedom

Here are some quotes from that site:

"Challenges to religious freedom are emerging from many sources. Emerging advocacy for gay rights threatens to abridge religious freedom in a number of ways. Changes in health care threaten the rights of those who hold certain moral convictions about human life. These and other developments are producing conflict and beginning to impose on religious organizations and people of conscience. They are threatening, for instance, to restrict how religious organizations can manage their employment and their property. They are bringing about the coercion of religiously-affiliated universities, schools and social-service entities. They are also resulting in reprimands to individuals who act in line with their principles - from health practitioners and other professionals to parents. In these and in many other circumstances, we see how religious freedom and freedom of conscience are being subtly but steadily eroded. And of equal concern, the legal provisions emerging to safeguard these freedoms are often shallow - protecting these liberties only in the narrowest sense. In many aspects of public life, religious freedom and freedom of conscience are being drawn into conflicts that may suppress them."

"Religious freedom, or "freedom of conscience," has long been the bedrock of democracy. Long buried and taken for granted, it is now an elevated concern. There is need for Americans - Latter-day Saints included - to become reacquainted with this freedom and recommitted to it. A free society committed to religious freedom and freedom of conscience means that all its members are vigilant in protecting the freedoms of each other. Maintaining this most basic of human freedoms and the harmony it brings is imperative for us all."

"The fact that religious freedom is public and that it involves more than mere belief does not, of course, mean that it overwhelms all other considerations in society. The purpose of a democracy is to accommodate the diverse interests of all its members. Religious freedom and freedom of conscience are vital because they help sustain this system of peaceful coexistence, and they must be balanced against other considerations, such as the rights of others, the law and public safety. However, because these freedoms are so fundamental to human dignity, and because they contribute so much to society, they merit careful protection."


"Such protection is the responsibility of all citizens who value their freedom and recognize that one's own freedoms are only as secure as those of others. Protecting religious freedom also requires that it is understood fully and respected in its entirety. An inadequate understanding of religious freedom can be problematic if it leads, for example, to policy and laws that define it too narrowly and protect it too feebly. Ignorance of religious freedom can also, without care, allow for it to be slowly and subtly eroded, leaving this fundamental liberty exposed or compromised. A robust sense of religious freedom - an appreciation for its full meaning - is required for it to endure and to flourish."


The LGBT community are winning the fight to take away our religious freedoms. We will not be able to chose for ourselves who we serve or who we associate with if this so called anti discrimination bill SB-100 where to become law. There are many cases across this country where these laws have forced persons of conscience and religious conviction to do things against their religious beliefs.  This bill and any bills relating to Amendment 3, same sex marriage, and anti discrimination bills were supposed to be tabled this year while the Supreme Court weighs the same sex marriage law suit. That was the agreement so as to not unfairly sway the court in any one direction but, as usual, the LGBT community does not, nor will they ever play fair or stop until they have rooted Christian values out of America and taken your religious rights away.


Homosexuals are here at the Capitol, linked arm in arm, blocking the governor's door, blocking the door to Senator Stuart Reid's Committee Room, getting arrested, and receiving a lot of media attention!  And Senator Dabakis is quoted in the Tribune as saying, 

"This was dead.   Because of these wonderful folks, the discussion is back on the table. ... The powers that be are just going to have to recognize that gay people are not just going to go back in the closet and be quiet anymore."


THE REALITY IS, anti-discrimination laws actually create discrimination against people with religious convictions, such as:


-A California doctor who refused to perform artificial insemination on a lesbian due to his religious convictions
-A social work student in Missouri who refused to sign a letter advocating for adoption by same-sex couples
-A Colorado baker who was ordered to bake cakes for gay "weddings" or face fines or jail
-Catholic Charities of Maine which was required to extend spousal benefits to employees with same-sex partners
-A New Mexico photographer who was ordered to photograph a gay "commitment ceremony." 
That list could go on and on. In fact, it does at our coalition's website www.fairtoall.org.

The New Mexico Supreme Court actually said that the Huegenins are "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.... it is the price of citizenship." (You would think we're joking, but the New Mexico supreme court actually said that!) 

WE ARE AT THE THRESHOLD OF A VIOLENT SHIFT IN THE FABRIC OF OUR SOCIETY!  WE MUST NOT TAKE THOSE STEPS THROUGH THAT DOOR!

We must defeat this bill to preserve . . . 
  • our right of conscience . . 
  • our right to use our property to best benefit our business and NOT in conflict with our religious beliefs . . 
  • our right to  protect our children from gender identity laws which will force our children to share bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms, etc with people of the opposite sex . . 
  • our right to protect our children from being exposed to situations and behavior which directly violates the moral foundation of our homes and families!  
  • This kind of policy discriminates against the many to protect the few!
  • Not only is this a bad law, but this is very bad timing!   While the appeals on Amendment Three are working their way through the courts, it would send a very strong and negative  message if, in the meantime, Utah passed a non-discrimination law.  It could put our entire case in jeopardy. 
  • If passed, it would allow people of any gender to have access to any intimate facility by saying that they "Identify" with that gender.  That means that boys COULD NOT BE PREVENTED from using girls' bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. and vice versa.
  • 18 cities in Utah have non-discrimination ordinances already, and yet, in all of last year a total of three complaints were issued and NONE of them were substantiated.  So, if discrimination against gays isn't the a real problem, what is the real goal?   It is to eliminate our right to freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, the right to make a living, the right to privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of association.   If legislation like this passes, these rights will only exist for the protected class!   We already have laws to protect homosexuals from real discrimination. If this "anti-discrimination" law passes, who will protect us? 

"THE DEVIL LAUGHETH AND HIS ANGELS REJOICE!"  A descriptive line of comment on the aggressive nature of the LGBT "special interest/special rights" mob and their allies! That "engine of attack" on the traditional family, foundational marriage, shelter for children and national common welfare MUST be stopped!  THEIR bigotry is more than biological!  It is a not-so-subtle worm of confusion in the body politic!  IT IS TIME THE "SILENT MAJORITY" defend THEIR rights and develop a correct intolerance for the manipulation of THEIR agency via proposed ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ploys. SUCH ARE PATENTLY DISCRIMINATORY AGAINST THE NORM!

HOW WILL APATHY AND INDIFFERENCE ABOUT THIS ATTACK BE ANSWERED TO THE RISING GENERATIONS?  SUPPORT OUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES WHO UNDERSTAND THE SUBTLE THREATS OF SUCH DISCRIMINATORY "ANTI-DISCRIMINATION" PLOYS/LAWS.


Here are some quotes from our founding fathers on freedom and how virtue being the only true support to those freedoms:

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."

George Washington


"[V]irtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government."
George Washington


"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin


Laws without morals are in vain." 
Benjamin Franklin 


"To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea."

James Madison


"A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society."
Thomas Jefferson


"It is in the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. . . . degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats into the heart of its laws and constitution."
Thomas Jefferson
". . . Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed . . . so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger."

Patrick Henry


". . . Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed . . . so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger." 
Patrick Henry 


"Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."

Patrick Henry


"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
John Adams


"Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics."
John Adams


"[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue."
John Adams


"Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty." 
John Adams


"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
Samuel Adams


"The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals."
Samuel Adams


"No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
George Mason


"...if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded."
Noah Webster


"So true is this, that civil liberty cannot be long preserved without virtue."
John Witherspoon


"The only foundation for... a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."
Benjamin Rush


"No free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of partiotism." 
Andrew Jackson


"[I]f we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity."
Daniel Webster


"What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint."
Edmund Burke


"[P]erfect freedom consists in obeying the dictates of right reason, and submitting to natural law. When a man goes beyond or contrary to the law of nature and reason, he . . . introduces confusion and disorder into society . . . [thus] where licentiousness begins, liberty ends."
Samuel West


"Unless virtue guide us our choice must be wrong."
William Penn


"[R]eligion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall be forever encouraged."
Northwest Ordinance of 1787


"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster." 
Douglas MacArthur


"[Liberty] considers religion as the safeguard of morality, and morality as the best security of law and the surest pledge of the duration of freedom."
Alexis de Tocqueville


"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her comodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies; and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast commerce, and it was not there. Not until I visited the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." 
An old adage attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville


"Somehow strangely the vice of men gets well represented and protected but their virtue has none to plead its cause -- nor any charter of immunities and rights."
Henry David Thoreau

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
Theodore Roosevelt


"No government at any level, or at any price, can afford, on the crime side, the police necessary to assure our safety unless the overwhelming majority of us are guided by an inner, personal code of morality. And you will not get that inner, personal code of morality unless children are brought up in a family -- a family that gives them the affection they seek, that makes them feel they belong, that guides them to the future, and that will build continuity in future generations. . . . the greatest inequality today is not inequality of wealth or income. It is the inequality between the child brought up in a loving, supportive family and one who has been denied that birthright."
Lady Margaret Thatcher


"A state is nothing more than a reflection of its citizens; the more decent the citizens, the more decent the state." 
Ronald Reagan

"Today it would be progress if everyone would stop talking about values. Instead, let us talk, as the Founders did, about virtues." 
George Will

"The ultimate success of this government and the stability of its institutions, its progress in all that can make a nation honored, depend upon its adherence to the principles of truth and righteousness." 
John Lord

"Righteousness exalteth a nation." 
Proverbs 14:34


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom mustlike men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value." 
Thomas Paine

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." 

James Madison

  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION AND DOING THE RIGHT THING, Stuart Wallace , South Jordan, 801-352-7353