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Subject: DEFEAT SB100 AMENDMENTS, VOTE NO, STOP IT
Date: Thu Feb 13 17:06:15 MST 2014
- 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!
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.
THE REALITY IS, anti-discrimination laws actually create discrimination against people with religious convictions, such as:
- 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?
"[V]irtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government."
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Laws without morals are in vain."
"To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea."
"A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society."
"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."
". . . 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."
"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."
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
"Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics."
"[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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"...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."
"So true is this, that civil liberty cannot be long preserved without virtue."
"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."
"No free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of partiotism."
"[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."
"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."
"[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."
"Unless virtue guide us our choice must be wrong."
"[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."
"[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."
"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."
"Today it would be progress if everyone would stop talking about values. Instead, let us talk, as the Founders did, about virtues."
"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."
"Righteousness exalteth a nation."