NOM: New Bill to Protect Marriage in Washington D.C., Support Needed!

URGENT ALERT: Urge Congress to Support Bill to Protect Marriage!

Breaking news from Washington . . . .

9 U.S. Senators have agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would guarantee the right of DC residents to vote on same-sex marriage.

The bill will be introduced shortly and will complement a similar bill introduced in the House in January.  The House bill is HR4430, and I’ll keep you posted when the Senate Bill is introduced and assigned a number.

The next few days are crucial as we meet with legislators and seek support on Capitol Hill! We need your help right now.

Use this link to send an email to your Senators and Congressman. Tell them you want them to join as co-sponsors of the DC Marriage Initiative bill / HR4430, and even more importantly, push to ensure that the bill gets a vote on the Senate and House floors.

Sending Your Letter
The 9 Senate co-sponsors are Senators Robert Bennett (UT), Sam Brownback (KS), Jim Bunning (KY), John Cornyn (TX), Mike Enzi (WY), James Inhofe (OK), Pat Roberts (KS), David Vitter (LA), and Roger Wicker (MS).  The 2 House co-sponsors are Representatives Jason Chaffetz (UT) and Jim Jordan (OH).

When you use the link above to send your email message, you’ll see two letters. If your senator or congressman is one of the existing co-sponsors to the bill, they will receive the “Letter for Co-Sponsors.” Otherwise, your senators and congressman will receive the “Letter for All Others.”  Either way, your letter will be going to your own elected officials in Washington.  Please take a moment to personalize your letter to let your representatives in Washington know how important this issue is.

Your Voice Makes a Difference!
We face an uphill battle, and the next few days are extremely important as we gather support in Congress. NOM and Stand4MarriageDC are in meetings almost daily with various House and Senate offices, and we need your support. Your legislators need to hear not just from us, but from you — their own constituents who care about this important issue.

The Senate leadership just wants this issue to go away, and will do whatever they can to bury it in committee. That’s why every Senator needs to hear from people in his or her own state, urging him to stand up for the voting rights of DC residents.

An out-of-control city council tried to do an end run around the DC Charter, refusing to recognize the rights of DC voters to file an initiative petition on marriage. Regardless of where your representatives stand on same-sex marriage, tell them that we ought not stand for this sort of government abuse against the residents of our nation’s capital.

Tell your Senators and Congressman you want them to publicly stand for marriage and civil rights by co-sponsoring the DC Marriage Initiative Bill / HR4430. Tell them how important this issue is both for the future of marriage and for the rights of everyday citizens trying to stand up against a government machine.

Then tell them you want them to champion this issue, push for a vote, and not let Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid bury it in some subcommittee!

Please click here to send your message to Congress today!

Then forward this message to friends and family all across the country! Together we can stand up for DC voters and make sure they have a chance to be heard on marriage!

Brian BrownFaithfully,

Brian S. Brown
Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ  08542
bbrown@nationformarriage.org

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Gay Activists Pile the Hard Spin On Catholic Charities in D.C. to Cover Their Own Intolerance

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Realms of Inexplicable Evil

The Huffington Post today berated the Catholic Church as an ‘Inexplicably Evil Organization’. Why? Because it will soon be forced to stop providing services to the poor, homeless and needy on D.C.’s streets if same sex marriage legislation is passed.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if same-sex marriage as it was currently worded, was passed.

The reaction?  Fix the law!  Provide religious protections!  Reject the normalization of homosexuality right?  No Sir, the spin is all on Catholic Charities for scrooging the poor out of spite.   See this from the Venerable Huffington Post:

“Yup, that’s right. If gay folk can marry, the Catholic church refuses to feed the homeless….Beyond being simply mean and intolerant, this is just a stupid strategy for the Catholic church to employ. It may be a symbol of religion, but the church is also a business that needs to expand its customer base, or it will become extinct like Greek polytheism or New Coke.” —Allison Kilkenny, Huffington Post

Yet unlike the characterization so eagerly given, the Catholic Church is not moving out of spite or political maneuver.  It’s a legal reality.  A legal reality, I might add, that was predicted was going to be a necessity if gay marriage was passed.

  • The issue came up in California during prop 8, and gay activists said:  “NO!  That would never happen.  You guys are fear mongering!”
  • The issue came up in Maine during Question 1, and gay activists said: “Lies!  Churches are exempt!  There are religious protections!”
  • The issue came up in Massachusetts and when no one stood to defend marriage laws, Catholic Charities, a public fixture for 100 years, was forced to close its doors.

Now we come to Washington D.C. and what are the gay activists saying now?

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Not only are they forcing Catholic charity groups out of D.C., but they’re BLAMING the the Catholics for it!

“What ever happen to loving all of God’s creatures? I hope (and pray) they will see how unfair it would be to strip the needy of it’s services in an effort to stop gay marriage.  I was raised Catholic and was raised to be a compassionate Catholic and this action by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is beyond non-compassionate.” —TakePart.com

Unbelievable!  The D.C. City Council was warned by legal experts that the same sex marriage legislation they were considering lacked adequate protection for religious freedom. Rather than heeding these concerns the D.C. City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary actually made the accommodations for religious freedom even more narrow than had been previously proposed.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington responded:

As a result, religious organizations and individuals are at risk of legal action for refusing to promote and support same-sex marriages in a host of settings where it would compromise their religious beliefs. This includes employee benefits, adoption services and even the use of a church hall for non-wedding events for same-sex married couples. Religious organizations such as Catholic Charities could be denied licenses or certification by the government, denied the right to offer adoption and foster care services, or no longer be able to partner with the city to provide social services for the needy.

“It is our concern that the committee’s narrowing of the religious exemption language will cause the government to discontinue our long partnership with them and open up the agency to litigation and the use of resources to defend our religious beliefs rather than serve the poor,” said Edward Orzechowski, president/CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Catholic Charities serves 68,000 people in the city each year. The city’s 40 Catholic parishes operate another 93 social service programs to provide crucial services.

The Washington Post characterizes this as the Church giving the city an ultimatum, but we’re not talking ultimatums here.  We’re talking realities.

Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. explained that it is the city that is giving the ultimatum.

“We are not threatening to walk out of the city,” Gibbs said. “The city is the one saying, ‘If you want to continue partnering with the city, then you cannot follow your faith teachings.’ “

Catholic Charities has served the D.C. poor for years.  Their services are needed.  Why the hard line?  The intolerance for religious belief? Why the hard spin?  Isn’t the whole reason we’re told gay couples want to marry is so they can be included?  Why push Catholic Charities out?

Bottom line: In the culture war, the progressive movement is about replacement, not inclusion.  It’s about winning no matter what the cost to freedom or humanity—and that is what is inexplicably evil.

—Beetle Blogger

Gay Activists Disenfranchising the D.C. Vote

Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage had an interview this week with News Channel 8, Washington DC.  It was a joy to watch.  Brian basically ran circles around the interviewer in a point after point match up against the talking points of the gay agenda in D. C.

There’s no question that the shady politics going on in D.C. are meant to single handedly thwart the will of the people.  Reactions to the DC Board of Elections’ unilateral decision to deny citizens a vote on redefining marriage came in swiftly:

“Today’s announcement by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics to deny a referendum on this issue has once again disenfranchised the residents of our city. The DC Catholic Conference is deeply disappointed by the decision to deny voters a voice…. As part of an organization that serves thousands of children and families throughout this city, it would be our hope that residents be given an opportunity to be heard on an issue with widespread implications for children and families. The DC Catholic Conference will continue to strongly advocate for the long-standing and proper definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”  — Catholic Archdiocese of Washington,  D.C. Catholic Conference

“This is a second blow to the the ability of citizens to express their views in this matter. As the Statement above notes, last month the DC Council railroaded this measure through and refused to allow citizens to testify in a significant matter before the City Council. Now the DC Board of elections has once again refused the general populace a chance to be heard. Some will argue that we cannot simply run everything by plebiscite. This is true but this issue impacts on the most basic elements of any nation or civilization: marriage and the family.  This is not simply a referendum on which contractor to choose to pave the roads. This is about marriage and the family.

Advocates of the “new morality” will likely cheer this decision but they should examine their cheerfulness. They have long marched under the banners of tolerance and freedom. Now many of them wish merely to impose their views by judicial fiat and will not tolerate dissent or even discussion. Whatever the motives of the members of the Board elections were I do not know. But no one should cheer a silencing of the voice of the people in this matter whether it is by refusing to hold hearings or refusing a referendum.—Msgr. Charles Pope

Pastor Patrick J. Walker of the New Macedonia Baptist Church also reacted to the Board’s decision to quash the vote:

“Simply put, I feel as a citizen of the District of Columbia, once again we’ve been disenfranchised. Our right to vote has been taken away…”

This sort of under the table, behind closed doors manipulation has no place in a free society, especially on an issue of this magnitude.

—Beetle Blogger

Can You Hear Me Now?—2 Million March on D.C.

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Today
3,000 Marched in my hometown
2,ooo,ooo Marched on Washington D.C.
30,000,000 Marched Nationwide…..

I am America.

Can You Hear Me Now?

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Washington D.C. Hiding From Public on Same-sex “Marriage”

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Washington D.C. Hiding From Public on Same-sex “Marriage”

While same-sex marriage is a political issue that crosses all socio-political boundaries, democrat leadership seems to have taken a particular interest in promoting the issue in the north eastern states and now in Washington D.C.

The District of Columbia Council has voted 12-1 to recognize homosexual “marriages” from states where homosexual marriage is now legal – Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut.

The bill now goes to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate for their approval. If approved by both, it will then go to the president for his signature.  If Congress does not act on the bill by June 6, it automatically becomes law.

It appears that Democrats will not allow a vote on the bill.

Watching these kind of shenanigans go down, the question has to be asked, why play the shell game?  Why not go on the record for “equality” if that’s really what this is about?  Let’s have a debate!  Go on the record!  Stand up for what you believe in!

As Abraham Lincoln said:

“I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond
of service — the United States Constitution; and that, as such,
I am responsible to them.”

If it’s not worth standing up for, it’s not worth believing.

—Beetle Blogger

See this from AFA:

What you can do:
1. Send an E-mail your representative and two senators today and tell them you want a recorded vote on the D.C. homosexual marriage bill. Tell them if no vote is allowed, then it is clear the Democratic Party is promoting homosexual marriage despite President Obama’s public announcement that he is opposed to homosexual marriage.
2. After you have sent your e-mail, make a phone call to your representative and senators to tell them that you want a recorded vote. The number to call is 202-224-3121.

Penny For Your Thoughts

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IF A GREAT MUSICIAN PLAYS GREAT MUSIC BUT NO ONE HEARS . . .

WAS HE REALLY ANY GOOD?

It’s an old epistemological debate, older, actually, than the one about the tree in the forest. Plato weighed in on it, and philosophers for two millennia afterward: What is beauty? Is it a measurable fact (Gottfried Leibniz), or merely an opinion (David Hume), or is it a little of each, colored by the immediate state of mind of the observer (Immanuel Kant)?

A Most Interesting Story

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

The original Washington Post story is here.  It has video.  It’s worth reading.

—Beetle Blogger