Stand for Marriage! Vote With Your Dollars

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Stand for Marriage! Vote With Your Dollars!

Stand For Marriage Maine needs help! Their coffers have run completely dry and we still have a month to go in the campaign.  Maine is the second state that has had the opportunity to actually vote on their marriage law.  If we lose in Maine, the opposition will be able to say that people voted gay marriage in.

I was on twitter yesterday and saw a link go by with the comment “I’m obsessively compulsively hitting refresh—donations are pouring in for equality!”  I went to the link and they had a goal of 30,000.00 with a graphic showing how much had been donated.  I looked at the number and hit refresh.  Every time I refreshed, the number increased.  In the five minutes that I monitored the page, the amount had risen thousands of dollars.  Imagine what damage they can do with that kind of firepower unopposed.

The opposition is martialing it’s forces and donations are pouring in to their coffers from gay marriage advocates all over California and other states nationwide.  After their stinging loss in California, they can’t afford to lose Maine.  They’re pouring all their attention and resources into the state hoping to tip the election.  There is a dire need for donations.  We can’t afford to lose this fight.  You can’t protect marriage with empty air.  Please forward this message to friends, neighbors, churches, ANYONE who can help! and let’s get them the help they need to win.

Stand for Marriage Maine’s Campaign page is here, click to donate: http://www.standformarriagemaine.com/

Send this out to anyone you know who also might be able to help!  A little from many can go a long way.

Preserve Traditional Marriage for Benefit of Future Generations

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Roger Crouse
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
09/28/2009

Just 12 years ago, in 1997,the Legislature defined marriage and added that definition to Maine law. Section 650, Title 19-A, of Maine law reads in part:

“The union of one man and one woman joined in traditional monogamous marriage is of inestimable value to society; the State has a compelling interest to nurture and promote the unique institution of traditional monogamous marriage in the support of harmonious families and the physical and mental health of children; and that the State has the compelling interest in promoting the moral values inherent in traditional monogamous marriage.” [1997, c. 65, §2 (NEW).]

Nothing has changed in our society in the intervening years that invalidates this definition. In fact, society needs the benefits of traditional marriage now more than ever.

Earlier this year, however, the Legislature and the governor determined Section 650 is no longer valid or true. They removed it from law at the same time they granted same-sex couples the right to marry.

Instead they have added a statement that changes the meaning of words such as “bride” and “groom,” “husband” and “wife” to be gender-neutral. In essence, they have said that male and female are completely interchangeable and neither gender provides any unique benefit to society.

In addition to saying gender does not matter, the Legislature and governor have redefined the social institution of marriage. For thousands of years, marriage has represented the union of a man and a woman. Our governor and Legislature believe they have the wisdom and foresight to know the social impacts of this change.

The future prosperity of our society, state and nation depends upon our ability to raise stable and self-reliant children. Research and statistics repeatedly show the best environment for stable families and children is one with an opposite-sex union of a father and mother.

Many people today misunderstand why the government began legalizing the marriage relationship. Marriage existed originally as a religious institution. Governments saw the societal benefits of heterosexual marriage and adopted policies to promote marriage.

Marriage is not a civil right. Societies have always regulated marriage. A man cannot marry his daughter or mother. A woman cannot marry her brother or nephew. Marriage is a tool of the society to ensure that the next generation is stable and self-reliant.

The legal right to marry is not about love. If love is the determining factor as to who should be able to get married, there would be no end to the variations of relationships that would qualify for marriage.

The social institution of marriage is centered on children. Allowing same-sex couples to marry radically alters the social institution of marriage. Same-sex marriage is centered on adults and what is best for the adult rather than children. The two definitions of marriage cannot co-exist.

Thirty or 40 years ago. few unmarried couples lived together. If they did live together and had children, they generally married because of social expectation. The social expectation of marriage, however, has eroded and now more children are being reared without their married biological parents.

If marriage becomes an adult-centered institution, the social expectation of raising children in a home where the biological parents are married will continue to erode and fewer heterosexual couples will marry.

We cannot know the impact on society when, a generation from now, fewer children are being raised in this ideal environment.

Keeping marriage defined as the union of one man and one woman is not about discrimination, intolerance or denying civil rights, it is about ensuring our society continues to reap the benefits of marriage between a man and a woman.

Alternative relationships do not provide the same benefit to society. Therefore, government should not provide legal standing to these alternative relationships.

If you disagree with our governor and Legislature, you will have the opportunity to make your opinion known by voting in November.

Send a clear message that traditional monogamous marriage remains “of inestimable value to our society” and does provide the best environment for rearing children.

Vote “yes” on Question 1.

Roger Crouse is a father of four children and lives in Central Maine. He is actively involved in his church and scouting. He loves the hiking and being in the outdoors.

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Marriage and Morality: It’s Not a Question of Inclusion

In the battle between tradition

"Here I stand...like a fiddler on the roof..."

Natural Marriage Vs. “Change”

It’s not a Question of Inclusion. Is it About Replacement?

As voters discuss the nature of marriage and morality with Question 1 on the ballot in Maine, the question has to be asked: What’s really at stake?

Most people just want to get along, but for some, getting along is not enough. One of the deceptive ideas in the culture wars is “So what if you’re apples and we’re oranges, can’t we all share the fruit bowl together?” In the battle of ideas, two diametrically opposing views of society cannot co-exist peacefully side by side…. Or can they? In my mind I picture Tevye, the Jewish dairyman from the play “Fiddler on the Roof”, standing in the middle of the road, cow in hand, pondering these diverging moral paths.

Where is the Traditional Family?

Where is the Traditional Family?

On the one hand, we have traditionally proven societal models, based on the basic principles of the ten commandments. Don’t steal, don’t kill, honor your father and mother, don’t lie…do unto others, and so on….basic Judeo-Christian values, handed down from Heaven for the stability of man.

On the other hand is the belief that morality doesn’t matter, that religious values are passé. There is no morality but the morality of convenience. Society determines it’s own morality, subject to change.

I’ve been considering the idea put forth by some that the apples and oranges should just get along. There’s room in the bowl for all. Physically, that is true. All different races and kinds of people live together and get along, even different religions can get along, because at heart, they have common morals and ideals. They ultimately strive for the same goals. What if there is no common moral ground? Is morality different than race? Is morality a zero sum game? or is there really room for all?

At first, there may appear to be room for all, but over time, the reality shows that there is not. For one side to gain ground morally, the other has to lose.

In looking over the globe, the obvious evidence is that there are no cultures who have successfully incorporated multiple sets of moral ideals, especially when it comes to marriage. Surely in all those independently evolving societies, there must be some reason for this. Perhaps it is because it is human nature for some fringe elements to constantly push against the barriers of society. Civilized society is called “civil” because we control our impulsive natures in order to be better people. There are always some who believe it is an imposition on them to require civil behavior in a civil society. The boundaries of civility can move, but only at the loss to the greater civility of the whole. Zero sum game. I believe that is happening here.

To illustrate this point, I point to Massachusetts and the curriculum changes being made there since same sex marriage was introduced. I just got a good look at the book, “King and King“, by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, that was read by a second grade school teacher to her entire class in a segment teaching about marriage. This book’s inclusion in the Massachusetts elementary school curriculum is shocking not just for the obviously inflammatory ending where the prince marries another prince instead of the princess, but in the way that it tears down and denigrates traditional marriage and women.

By the time I was your age, I’d been married TWICE!” a horrible looking, overweight, crooked toothed figure tells her son.

How is this portraying marriage to our little ones? Dirty, Cheap? Meaningless? One by one, the princesses are brought in, “No!” the prince says and goes on to comment about how one princess is too fat, one has crooked teeth, one is black and her arms are too long….and the prince ends up marrying another prince. The book sends a message that replaces traditional marriage, it’s not just including, it’s tearing down and replacing.

“Who’s in a Family?” by Robert Skutch is another book used by Massachusetts schools to teach about the family. Not only does it deal with gay families, but it does NOT include traditional, nuclear families on it’s cover. A quick glance illustrates the main point of the book. There are no pictures of what most of us would consider a family. As I look at the arguments of the opposition I have to ask, why the exclusion if there is no anti-traditional agenda?

In the battle of ideas can two opposing views of society co-exist peacefully side by side? No. Not when the views of society are based on completely diametrically opposite moral views, because for some, and there are ALWAYS some…inclusion is not enough. By spreading their version of the core societal values, they reject and replace the time proven, traditional values that made our nation free.

Marriage is the basic element of society. Destroy it or change it, the end is the same. Marriage needs to be strengthened, not redefined. Which version of society do you believe? Is marriage pre-defined? or open to definition? Is morality pre-defined, or open to definition? Which do you want? Both versions can’t live together. One version must dominate. This November, citizens of Maine are being asked to choose.

There are those who say it’s all the same, fire won’t rain from Heaven, the birds will still sing in the morning. No need to worry! Yet all we need to do is take a look at the fight in Canada or Massachusetts to peek into our future. The tables are turning in those societies.

We are at a crossroads, we are the frontlines in the culture war right now.  If we allow the definition of natural marriage to fail, our kids and families will be affected for generations.

—Beetle Blogger

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Proponents of Gay Marriage Hide School Agenda From Voters in Maine

“It’s Elementary!” …Yet Gay Lobby Denies Agenda in Schools

Check out the propaganda being pushed in this clip intended for school use.  Interesting isn’t it? And here I thought the gay marriage campaigns in California and Maine both promised that this sort of stuff would not be taught in school.

Just this last week the No on 1 campaign issued a letter condemning pro-marriage ads as false and misleading when they talked about gay issues being taught in the schools, yet here it is again—more evidence pointing to the gay lobby’s attempts to gain access to our schools.

It’s Elementary?!  It’s False!  The very premise on which the film is based is biased. If you have a problem with bullying, teach them about kindness and the golden rule, not lesbianism. To disagree with the gay lifestyle is not to hate. How is telling kids that if they disagree with the gay lifestyle they are homophobic or bigoted going to teach them tolerance and love for their neighbor?

A friend of mine commented in defense of this teaching saying:

“Would you prefer that gay and lesbian children in schools continue to get beat up?”

False logic!  Is teaching lesbianism to children the way to promote kindness? Or is teaching kindness the way to promote kindness?

This leap of logic happens in mainstream media all the time, but I believe you can teach children respect for others and their differences without teaching them they have to agree with other’s choices.

The subtle nuance displayed here promotes the gay lifestyle as normal, healthy and good.  It is being pushed in grades where it is too difficult for our young, impressionable children to identify and reject. That is why propaganda such as this should never be allowed in our schools.

What do the Gay Activists have to say?

Don’t buy the lies!  What is the truth of the issue?  Here is the truth, openly displayed even as it’s proponents deny it.

This is what every parent should see because this is what the gay lobby is trying to push in our classrooms across this nation.  It’s being pushed in every state, not just Massachusetts, California or Maine.

—Beetle Blogger

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Top Ten Ways to Spot the ‘Turf in Maine

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Is it ‘Turf????

Starting in October, Gay marriage activists from all over California are going to be pouring into Maine hoping to stop the People’s Veto.  Cleverly disguised as legitimate grass roots participants, Astroturf are paid or compensated plastic grass imitations.  Do not be fooled!  Here are some tried and true methods to determine if your caller is true Maine grass roots or imported CALIFORNIA ASTROTURF.

TOP TEN Ways to Spot the ‘Turf in Maine!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….1. Check the tan, if it’s deep with no lines, 10-1 it’s turf. Reject the turf! Stand for Marriage Maine!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….2. Check the shoes, flip flops?? 10-1 it’s turf. Reject the turf! Stand for Marriage Maine!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….3. DUDE!  Run Away!! AAAAAAAA!!!!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….4. Thinks Piscataqua is a rare type of sushi.

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….5. Check the highlights, severe blonde, pink or purple? 10-1 it’s turf. Reject the turf! Stand for Marriage Maine!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….6. Like man, you’ll just know k?

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….7. Has a nose ring, belly ring and toe ring and despite the weather you can still see all three. Reject the turf!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….8. Check the teeth, magazine ad white? Turf!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….9. The area code on the caller ID is anything but yours ’cause everyone knows Maine only has one!  ‘Turf Alert!  Stand for Marriage Maine!

How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….10. They get nervous when you confess you’re really a MAINIAC.  WOOO HOOO!!! Yeah BABY!  Stand for Marriage Maine!!!

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Sorry ‘turf babies, voluntourists and staycationers!

You Don’t Own the People’s Veto!


Help a State Out: Maine’s Marriage Question 1

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What you can do to help Maine

From the Digital Network Army:

The battle in Maine is heating up. Earlier this summer, the state legislature voted to neuter marriage in the state. Because enough signatures were gathered, the citizens will get to vote this November to veto the law. But they need help.

Because most/all of us do not live in Maine, our goal is to help get information out.

One way we can do this is by bumping up pro-marriage sites (so that when Maine citizens do a Google search, they are able to find good sources of information).

What you can do:

1. The most important thing we can do is donate to the Stand For Marriage cause. Click here and then here.

2. Post the Stand for Marriage button on your blog. Because it links to the "Stand for Marriage" site, it will help its rankings and searchability. Copy and paste the following code into a text box (for wordpress), or an html box (for blogger):

<a href="http://www.standformarriagemaine.com/"><img src="http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp287/digitalnetworkarmy/yeson1small.jpg" border="0" alt="maine"></a>

3. If you don’t want the button, you can just link to the site in your sidebar: http://www.standformarriagemaine.com/

 

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Equality Maine—Epic Grass Roots FAIL!

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First came the news that Equality California (EQCA) was uprooting activists and moving them to Maine to fight against the People’s Veto.  Now this.

Today as I was tweeting my heart out on Tweetdeck, I came across many pleas for assistance from the Equality Maine group, and then there was this reply:

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Click the link provided and voila!  A map appears with precise location targeted for the phone bank.  Sure enough, it’s Redlands California, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest port in Maine.

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But Wait, There’s More!  Here’s example #2 of EPIC Grass Roots FAIL:

Free Maine Vacation! Courtesy of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Meetup in Maine” By Lisa Neff

“Well, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has taken on the role of travel agent and is lining up GLBT folks from across the country for an October holiday.

This is a New England holiday, a meet-up in Maine, where, next month, Mainers and their out-of-state allies will be courting votes to defend marriage rights against a wrong-wing attack.

“We need volunteers who can commit to spending at least a week in Maine in October to be part of an unprecedented get-out-the-vote operation,” reads the action alert from the NGLTF. “We have several shifts to choose from, each lasting one week. If you can, feel free to take more than one shift.”

And, for those who can’t trek to Maine, join the stay-cation volunteer campaign. Pledge support or donate to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality.”

Our friend gabegonz must be a “stay-cation” volunteer.  Thank you to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and @gabegonz for your tweet display of honesty to the people of Maine.  But I can’t say the same for the “No on 1″ Campaign.

What about the promises made in the beginning of the campaign that this would be a local deal?  It looks like a grass-roots FAIL of epic proportions as I looked into the issue deeper and found that the “No on 1″ campaign is actually ADVERTISING for astroturfers on their website!

“The countdown is on. In the weeks ahead, volunteers will be needed in key places throughout the state. Join us by taking a Volunteer Vacation and if you live in Maine, we also need help finding housing for our out-of-state volunteers.” —“No on 1″ Campaign Website

Epic FAIL.

Stand for Marriage Maine!  Stand up and hold back against the tide of the opposition!  Truly, this is an issue that will affect us all for generations.

—Beetle Blogger

Voice of the Nation—Taking A Stand

Join Heather and Angela for

Voice of the Nation

Family Values Blog Talk Radio

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If you don’t stand and help in the fight who will? “  —Mike Duff

On Thursday– Join us on “Voice of the Nation” today as we talk with United Families International President Michael N. Duff about the urgent need to stand for the family.  Everyday new attacks on the family surface and we cannot stand aside any longer.  If we don’t stand and help, who will?

Guest: Michael N. Duff –  Michael N. Duff has spent his professional career in government, politics, international trade, economics, and pro-family advocacy.  He has experience in the United States Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and was appointed by former Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush to work in their administrations.  He also served under Vice President Dan Quayle on the National Space Council.  Mike has managed political campaigns for various elected offices and operates a government relations consulting firm.  He and his wife Kandi have been married 26 years, are the parents of six children, and grandparents of one.

TUNE IN HERE

The Family Values Blog Talk Radio show is a joint effort between United Families International, the Digital Network Army, and other Pro-Family organizations in highlighting current issues facing families in the Pro-Family Movement.

Call in to VOICE OF THE NATION every Thursday at 2pm PST.  The call-in number is

347- 215-6801

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More Indoctrination? The “Story of Stuff” Debunked

Debunking The Story of Stuff

Glenn Beck: September 22, 2009

Indoctrination? Actually, the progressives are starting much younger these days…there is a video being played in schools all across America — that lays out the ‘story of stuff’ a loving, anti-capitalist tale that unfortunately has virtually no facts correct. Visit THIS site to watch the video (if you can stomach the entire thing) — when you are done, check out this thorough debunking of the video, in which the commentator investigates the footnotes used in the ‘story of stuff’ video.

Story of Stuff, The Critique Part 1 of 4

Story of Stuff, The Critique Part 2 of 4

Story of Stuff, The Critique Part 3 of 4

Story of Stuff, The Critique Part 4 of 4

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Public School Children Replace Anthem Words With Praises to Barack Hussein Obama

This was filmed around June 19, 2009 at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington, NJ.

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be clear today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said Red, Yellow, Black or White
All are equal in his sight Mmm, mmm, mm!

Hello Mr. President, we honor you today, for all your great accomplishments we all must sing hooray! Hooray Mr. President, you’re number 1! The first black American to lead this great nation. Hooray Mr. President we honor your great plans to make this economy number one again! Hooray Mr. President we’re really proud of you and you stand for all _________ red white and blue. So 3 cheers for Mr. President for all you do is great! So here is _________ President. Hip Hip Hooray, Hip, Hip! Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!”

These are public school children, singing not in praise of the country, or praise for the office, but praise for the man, AND for his policies.  This is indoctrination.

When parents stood up and said they would not stand by while their children were dragged into participation in Barack Obama’s cult of personality, who was overreacting?

—Beetle Blogger

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