Only three days remaining in the Utah State Legislative session. But why should you care?
Because a very bad SOGI bill (sexual orientation – gender identity “nondiscrimination” bill) is making its way on the fast track to passage in Utah.
It is being promoted as the model for the rest of the nation. Indeed, next week a liberal think tank is hosting a meeting in Washington DC to promote it in all 50 states.
If you are in Utah, please contact your legislators and ask them to vote NO, SB 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Liberty – Urquhart-Adams-Dee
Here is a brief report, plus a report from Family Research Council and why SOGI bills are NOT a matter of civil rights.
You won’t believe who’s who on the liberal Left funding this entire campaign. We must stop it now, and we need your help right away.
About SB 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Liberty
This bill redefines SEX, does NOT protect individual religious liberty and would seriously harm individual business owners.
It was announced on last week and within 24 hours was on the fast track in Senate hearings. We were not given enough advance notice to research who is behind this bill last week – nor time to bring in our expert witnesses from around the country.
But now we are putting the pieces together. We know who’s behind this bad bill. The organizations backing this measure as a national model are liberal, Leftist, socialist think tanks that support the Democratic Party with millions of dollars.
Yet, Republicans have been carrying their spears in the Utah State Senate. How could this happen?
These liberal think tanks are not only circling around SB 296 to pass it first in Utah, and not only are they involved in promoting it nationally, but they have been involved in its very development!
This bill does NOT protect the rights of individual religious liberty and conscience.
We will continue to get you as much information as we can as soon as we are able. We must stop passage of this bill before it gets to your state.
Here’s what Family Research Council said in its Washington Update, Monday, March 9, 2015
While other states slam the brakes on local SOGI (sexual orientation-gender identity) ordinances, Utah is moving stubbornly ahead. Leaders in the state have managed to convince people that they can do something no one else has: strike a balance between special sexuality rights and religious liberty. While small businesses across America continue proving Utah wrong, the Mormon church is intent on pulling the legislation over the finish line.
On Friday, the state Senate voted in a landslide 23-5 to ignore the cautionary tales of the Houston, San Antonio, and Springfield ordinances and give government the license to punish anyone who doesn’t believe in their radical ideas of sexuality. While the LDS church insists the measure carves out exemptions for religious groups, the bill offers about as much coverage as a fig leaf. As usual, the Left trotted out their familiar — but misguided — comparisons between the homosexuality and the racial persecution of times past. “This is the civil rights issue of our time,” one of the Democratic senators exclaimed.
That didn’t sit well with his African-American colleague, Alvin Jackson. Like many, he’s tired of the false — and offensive — comparison between race and sexuality. “To me, their collective efforts have been minimized, when you take that list that has race on it, and you put sexual orientation and gender identity right next to it. I cannot accept that,” he fired back. “I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’m proud to say that. But my black Baptist roots won’t allow me to accept what’s in this legislation.”
FRC has tried to put these arguments in perspective, even writing an entire policy brief called, “Homosexuality is not a civil right.” As Peter Sprigg explains, “The stories of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. have become an inspiring part of American history. It’s not surprising that homosexual activists have tried to hitch their caboose to the ‘civil rights’ train… [But] when homosexual activists talk about their ‘civil rights,’ they are not talking about their constitutional rights, which have never been systematically denied to them as a class (unlike the historical experience of black Americans)…”
Unlike skin color, sexual behavior isn’t immutable, inborn, or involuntary. While homosexuals can change their behavior, a person can’t change his ethnicity. As such, there is no compelling, logical basis for treating homosexuality as a protected category under civil rights laws, or for granting special protection against “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation.” In the civil rights movement, African-Americans were unable to bring about political and cultural change because they were disenfranchised through laws restricting their vote and their voice. The homosexual community that regularly boasts of their political power and financial influence can make no such claim.
Who’s Who Behind Utah’s SOGI Bill, the “national model?”
A Deseret News article sited the Brookings Institution.
Brookings published this article in support of the LDS Church’s bill the day following the Church’s announcement, entitled “Mormon-LGBT civil-rights deal breaks new ground in Utah.” It is a glowing report of the “compromise” and it announces that Brookings is even holding a special event on March 16 to promote the legislation nationally. The event will feature “key players from Utah as well as national experts.” It gives this link for sign up.
It might be good to know more about Brookings. Some like to call Brookings a “centrist” organization. The group of Republicans in Utah behind Count My Vote, the campaign to destroy the constitutional republican form of elections – the neighborhood caucus – also calls themselves the “centrists,” “mainstream Republicans.” They don’t regard the party platform with any more allegiance or loyalty than they do this founding document we call the U. S. Constitution.
Those who oppose the “centrists” are trying to preserve a system that has its roots in the philosophies of the Founders of this nation, which were truly the “centrists” – on the center right of the political spectrum.
These same Utah centrists typically call the Founders old dead men with dead ideas. To them the US Constitution is in need of constant revision and is a “living” document.
According to this source, in 1916 Brookings originally supported Republican economics and developed the Marshall Plan to help Europe and Japan rebuild after World War II, totaling about $160 billion in today’s dollars.
Today, foreign aid today has become the vehicle for redistribution of the wealth globally, negotiated at the United Nations. I’ve been in those negotiating rooms. I can testify first-hand that they hate the U.S. The primary reason they come to the U.N. is to grab some of that American “wealth.”
Thank you, Brookings?
By the 1960s Brookings was known as the establishment Democrat think tank and supported “Keynesian economics,” Keynes himself being an English Fabian socialist. Keynesian economics is the economics of debt- based federal budgeting and deficit spending.
Today it is alarming to know that Republican politicians so widely accept this liberal, Big government economic concept, the catalyst of the trillions of dollars of debt the United States has built.
This source calls Brookings a “principal Democratic think tank.” Records show that Haim Saban, although pro-Israel, is 155th largest donor to the Democratic Party and has contributed between $5 and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The DNC shows that in the year 2001-2002 Saban “exceeded $10 million, the largest single source up to that time.”
On another front, Brookings was among the front-runners in the 1980s to promote education reform through “school choice,” a popular “Republican” idea. But wait. Read this:
The intent was not to keep private schools in the equation of choice, a truly free enterprise concept, but instead to create a new public school that combined private with public vouchers and which would destroy the private school option.
The Brookings website gives an overview of its pro-Big government stance, especially in education – advocating for growing the federal role in Washington, additional funding for early childhood education or pre-kindergarten and more global education, all goals of advocates for what is called “common core” reforms today.
In 1990, Terry Moe and John Chubb wrote a definitive work, Politics, Markets and America’s Schools.
On the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, John Chubb said of their research, “The government is not looking for the privatization of education, bur rather for a system of full public school choice where people will be able to choose among schools that all are playing by the same ground rules. So, the future of private schools that don’t play by the rules is that they will be phased out because they will not be accredited and the children will not be allowed to get into higher education or get jobs.”
Not surprisingly, Brookings has long been an advocate for common core standards. Need we go further in our longstanding assertion that common core reforms and the annihilation of private schools was all part of the voucher and charter school strategy?
Back to the Deseret News article, citing Jonathan Rauch, a Senior Fellow at Brookings. Who is he?
Rauch is a radical homosexual, pro-LGBT activist who believes that without marriage no gay person can be whole. Here’s what he said about this “LGBT – Mormon civil rights deal – breaking new ground for Utah.
Here’s the pro-marriage Witherspoon Institute’s commentary on Rauch’s personal memoir Denial: 25 Years Without A soul.
Another LGBT Activist on Stage with Utah’s New Gay Deal
The news conference endorsing SB 296 also included another person of interest: Troy Williams. All smiles he stood on the platform and praised the supporters of this bill, religious leaders and politicians. Then afterward in his own LGBT press conference, he commented that it was “the first step to getting everything we want,” which he predicted will happen in the next two years.
Praytell, what more do they want beyond being included in a special protected class with those other groups that actually qualify to be there because their characteristics are immutable?
Here is the transcript of the video of Troy speaking at a rally on April 10, 2006 near the Brigham Young University campus and comments by the people that provided the video and transcript:
We all have an opportunity to experience a much-needed dose of reality in the form of Troy Williams, a homosexual (he calls himself queer) who spoke at a Soulforce Equality Ride rally in Provo’s Kiwanis Park April 10, 2006. We were there and videoed the gathering in its entirety.Troy was the first and by far the most confident and zealous of several speakers who came up to the stage and spoke in the microphone to an audience of over 100. He was introduced as the producer at KRLC of a new local radio show called “Now Queer This.”He spoke up loud and clear (there’s only one line I couldn’t make out) and what follows is a written transcript I made from our camcorder. Troy appeared to be an all-American, regular kind of guy in his twenties with a shock of blond curly hair, wearing jeans and a BYU parody-type t-shirt under a loose-fitting, faded denim jacket. He seemed at ease in front of people and spoke with a lot of energy and movement, throwing his arms clear out to the sides. These are his exact words (I have added a few emphases and crowd reactions in accordance with his delivery):“Oh my God, I feel like I’m a latter-day Samuel the Lamanite up on the wall! Don’t throw any arrows at me okay? It’s so cool to be here with you today.I’m a former BYU student, I’m a returned [LDS] missionary and I’m an out-loud, active queer man. But I have to confess I only attended BYU for one semester after my mission because it was very evident to me very quickly that I didn’t fit in there and the least of those reasons was because of my latent queerness. And when I kinda look around I don’t think it’s a bad thing not fitting in, I think it’s a pretty damn good thing not fitting in.I’m somebody who chose to be queer. I don’t believe I was born this way. I chose it. And if I was reincarnated tomorrow I would choose it again. (Applause) Being queer is something that I totally want to be. I love it. I don’t believe that being queer is a genetic accident. I don’t believe it’s something I need to apologize for. And I don’t need to make excuses about it. And I don’t believe it is a sin. And I don’t believe that it’s something I need to work to overcome. It’s not a trial, it’s not a burden. Being queer is a blessing, it is a privilege and it is a gift from God.I want to get this message out to everybody. Queer is good and queer does good for the world. We have so much to teach people about love and compassion. My queer friends are artists, we are musicians, we are actors, we are filmmakers, we are yoga instructors. We are everywhere. We are a powerful creative life force and we will not deny and we will not squelch that. And I think that being queer and the people who are queer around me have an unparalleled understanding of humanity.I think there’s a big problem that we get into when we start enforcing a victim narrative. We are not victims. Yes, BYU, and yes, the LDS Church may oppress us. They may excommunicate us. They may try to legislate away our freedom. They may work to deny us our civil liberties. But we are not victims.The Church is a victim of its own fear and its own myopic vision. They cannot see the beauty and the power of those people who they cast from the fold. They can’t remember that they were once a despised minority that were driven, persecuted and killed and we need to remind them of that.The LDS Church sees us as deviants, sinners, and perverts and I believe that those are some of our best qualities! (Laughter and applause). Don’t buy into their story. Don’t buy into their narrative. You are a powerful, passionate people and you are a conduit for revelation, for spirituality and for life. So own that and be that, all right?Okay, my last closing comments, this is very important, I need all the cameras to do a zoom-in, this is the dramatic moment,’kay? (Laughter.) I have a proclamation to give to the world. (Derisive laughter.) As a young Mormon boy growing up and some, many, of you have experienced this I’m sure as well, we were all taught that at one time in the future the prophet would once again command his people to live plural marriage. Now we’ve all been taught this, it’s part of Mormon folk theology, it’s Church doctrine, right?So I want you all to know that when that time comes you latter-day saints when the prophet calls you once again to take multiple wives we in the gay community will stand in solidarity with you to repeal Amendment 3! We will stand in common cause with the Mormons so that you can practice and live your faith according to the dictates of your hearts. We and then we too can marry according to the dictates of our own desires and passions!We will stand with the latter-day saints when that day comes, right? Right? God bless you all, Queers, Mormons, you are the queerest people out there! (Laughter) I want you to embrace that. . . (now shouting) You have a legacy of plural marriage! You were cast out, you were despised! Join with us! Join in solidarity with the queers! Be one with us and we will be one with you! Thank you.”
Stay tuned for the next segment of who’s who and who’s influencing politics in Utah – and the nation: The Williams Institute at UCLA. Who are they and why are they contributing to Utah’s New Gay Deal?
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Only three days remaining in the Utah State Legislative session. But why should you care? Because a very bad SOGI bill (sexual orientation – gender identity “nondiscrimination” bill) is making its way on the fast track to passage in Utah. It is being promoted as the model for the rest of the nation. Indeed, next […]Read More