In a recent press release (copied below), made available to the local bloggers by Dan Turkette of Fort Wayne News, Micah Clark, President of the American Family Association of Indiana Political Action Coalition, has issued a hateful, misinformed, irrational, radio commercial and campaign. Their latest attack on liberty violates the innocence of a child, lambastes GLBTIQAS citizens, and strives to cow toe legislators into pushing this Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, known as SJR7, (which should never be heard by the General Assembly to begin with let alone passed) by the General Assembly, to a referendum by the people. This is bad law and "it don't get mo' simpler th'n that"! (*updated 11 February 08)
"Why shouldn't it be given to the people to decide?" You wonder. Because unlike the common convenient knowledge and presumption by the media, we don't live in a democracy but a democratic representative Republic. Part of the job of a representative government is to stop the idiots within either a majority or minority of the citizenry from having false force in what actually gets signed into law. We elect representatives to not just govern but to protect the individual citizen's Divine endowed rights as well as the collective citizens guarantee of those Divine endowed individual rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The minute you reduce the individual rights of someone based on a social classification or association system you automatically deny their equality and nobility as a human being and relegate them to a status as a beast of burden. That, Mr. Clark, makes you no different than Lucifer to deny the Divine's love for, image in, and likeness portrayed by, all mankind. (ref: Sir Francis Bacon)
Furthermore, and my primary issue with the advertisement, by exploiting the innocence of a child in your commercial, asking him to present outlandish and unfounded questions, and focusing the listener to deny the power of love being more powerful than anything else, you should be ashamed of yourself and "tie the mill stone around your own neck (Gospel of St. Luke 17:1-4)".
Mr. Clark, keep your political religion out of my childrens' personal relationships with LORD Joshua-Emmanuel of Nazareth, aka "Jesus Christ". By the way, just to answer your advertisement's second question, my four sons have three fathers and two mothers combined. You do the math Mr. Clark. That is five times the love and care, for each one of them!
Calling on Legislators to Protect Marriage in Indiana
by Micah Clark, President AFA of Indiana PAC
Now that Mr. Clark has gotten his fifteen minutes, let me clarify what Indiana Equality is addressing at its annual rally at the State House. This years rally is entitled “Equality IS a Hoosier Value!” and will be held President's Day, Monday, 18th of February, 2008 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm @ The Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium.
(Indianapolis) - The AFA of Indiana PAC has launched a groundbreaking radio ad campaign urging Hoosiers to contact their legislators in support of traditional marriage. The ad titled “Confused Children” features children questioning the implications of same-sex marriage in Indiana.
These powerful new 60-second spots are, have or will air on radio stations in the following cities across Indiana: Anderson, Booneville, Elkhart, Evansville, Franklin/Greenwood, Greenfield, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Michigan City, and South Bend. The ads are appearing on talk, country and Christian formats on both AM and FM bands.
The ads are designed to generate phone calls into the Indiana House urging legislators to pass the Marriage Protection Amendment (SJR 7), which recently passed the Senate for the fourth time with broad bi-partisan support. House Speaker Patrick Bauer and House Rules Committee Chairman Scott Pelath hold the fate of SJR 7 in their hands. If moved through the Rules Committee, the amendment would pass with strong bi-partisan support of the Indiana House.
“This ad is designed to urge people to contact their legislators about the importance of protecting our marriage laws. It is also designed to challenge those who mistakenly think that allowing two men to marry is no big deal. Because both mothers and fathers matter, the definition of marriage matters,” said Micah Clark, AFA of Indiana PAC President.
The Indiana House must pass SJR 7 this session, or the amendment dies, and the entire process must begin again leaving Indiana’s marriage laws unprotected until 2012. Twenty-seven states have already enacted Marriage Protection Amendments. Many of those without amendments have faced legal challenges from gay rights groups attempting to use the courts and activist judges to force state governments to embrace same-sex marriage. Next week homosexual activists are gathering at the Indiana capitol for a rally for same-sex marriage, the second such rally in less than four months.
It is more important than ever to help educate your legislators on its hidden dangers. While increasing numbers of representatives are becoming aware of growing problems with “marriage discrimination amendments” passed by other states, we need your help to let them know how they can make the best decision for Indiana .
It is also important to tell our legislators that we want bias crimes legislation to be enacted, and civil rights protections expanded. All Hoosiers deserve not to live in fear for their lives or in fear they might lose their job. Help us cast the widest net possible by ALERTING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS to this important opportunity to make a difference and voice your concerns. Show our legislators that words do matter! Help ensure that Indiana:
· recognizes that HOOSIERS deserve to be PROTECTED from BIAS-BASED CRIMES
· expands its CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS to include ALL HOOSIERS
The Indiana Senate has once again passed SJR-7, and it now makes its way to the Indiana House of Representatives for consideration in the coming days. The Senate had all but decided to not give SJR-7 a hearing this year, but the so called "pro-family" organizations like Advance America, the Indiana Family Institute and the American Family Association of Indiana put extreme pressure on the Senate leadership, and they changed course.
Indiana Equality continues to work closely with leadership of the House of Representatives to make sure that this harmful bill does not see the light of day again this year. While we expect victory again this year, it's clear, as evidenced by the attempt to put marriage language into the proposed constitutional amendment on property taxes, that the proponents of the Marriage Discrimination Amendment will not stop their questionable tactics to keep this hurtful bill in play. Passage of SJR-7 by the Indiana House of Representatives will keep this harmful legislation in play and set the stage for a possible ballot initiative this year.
If approved by the electorate, SJR-7 will forever write discrimination into the Indiana Constitution, affecting thousands of Hoosier families. Other ideas you can do to take action:
· Write the editor of your local newspaper to express your support/opposition to legislation.
· Hand write a letter to your local elected officials letting them know about unfair legislation or practices.
· Talk to your friends, family and neighbors how unfair legislation affects all Hoosier families.
[F6 EDITOR'S NOTES & ADDENDUM:]
+ To hear the statewide version of AFA's new ad, click here (http://www.afainpac.net/Audio/IN-FebAd.mp3)
+ There are many things you can do to stem the tide of the rhetoric of our detractors. For more information, visit Indiana Equality. You will find a wealth of information that will assist you in making a difference.
+ "They that deny a God destroy man’s nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature."
(Sir Francis Bacon)