Upton Sinclair, a famous American muckraking journalist of the early 20th century wrote a book titled The Profits of Religion. Things haven’t changed much since then. The slimeball, scam artists of Focus on the Family are still peddling hatred and ignorance and are using it as a scam to beg money from ignorant bigots. This is one of their latest scary letters. Prior to my editing the html it had a half dozen or so links in it that took you to places where these con men for Jazzus would hit up the sheeple for bucks for bigotry.
I think these so called hucksters for Jazzus should pay the same taxes on their business of hatred as say the local hardware store pays on the actual nuts and bolts they sell.
March 26, 2009
The reality of “change” has hit full-force in Washington, D.C., and in many respects, it’s a nightmare. But as bad as things are in Washington, for many pro-family Americans the greatest political danger lurks much closer to home.
From Albany to Sacramento, state capitols are the flash points for the most aggressive efforts to redefine family and “re-norm” cultural standards—all the while undermining religious freedom. And changes at the state level often cause the biggest impact in our daily lives . . . and the state of Colorado has served as a testing ground for strategy now being exported across the country.
Sex, lies and the truth: The rest of the story
I told you last summer about a new Colorado law that gave special “public accommodation” protections to people who self-identify as homosexual or “transgender.”1 I shared with you how Focus on the Family Action warned lawmakers that this legislation would reap a whirlwind of social problems. We specifically warned them that their vote for this bill would even allow men to use women’s restrooms—right alongside women and even young girls.
And, with your support, we certainly got their attention. As The Denver Post reported, “No bill this year has seen the kind of heated pre-signing attacks leveled at SB 200. Focus on the Family [Action] launched radio ads and a media campaign urging [Gov. Bill] Ritter to veto the bill.”
Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled Legislature and governor were in no mood to listen. In fact, they forcefully denied our claims and essentially called us liars:
A Denver legislator protested that the measure “has nothing at all to do with allowing one gender in another gender’s restrooms.”
The senior staff attorney for the legislature solemnly intoned, “I do not see any basis whatever for an assertion that [the bill] requires that men be admitted to women’s bathrooms or vice versa.”
And, following an ad campaign from Focus Action, a Colorado daily newspaper editorialized: “Contrary to what a few radical interest groups have tried to lead people to believe this election year, the . . . [new law] has nothing to do with the use of public restrooms.”
Now, months later, a state agency has issued regulations to enforce the new law, and a lot of politicians and media folks are cleaning egg off their faces.
You see, a number of the new rules deal specifically with restrooms, locker rooms and other locations where “nudity is customary.” But instead of being concerned with public safety and protection of children in these vulnerable public situations, the regulations read more like social engineering that reaches far beyond the sensibilities of the average Coloradan. For instance:
“Transgender status” is defined so vaguely that only a mind-reader could know whether a man is actually “transgendered”—or if he’s really a Peeping Tom, or worse. In other words, a “transgendered” man entering a women’s restroom might display obvious signs (such as cross-dressing), or he might appear like any other man.
All businesses and most nonprofit organizations in the state are required to allow “transgendered” people—which under the vague definition could be anyone—to use whichever restroom or locker room they choose.
The rules make clear that questioning an individual about his or her gender identity “suggests discriminatory conduct”—making it virtually impossible to stop anyone from entering an opposite-sex restroom or locker room.
Not surprisingly, a number of alarming incidents have already been reported to us:
A female intern at Focus on the Family® encountered a man in a women’s restroom in a local airport.
A teen girl saw a man in a women’s restroom at a Colorado Springs-area Wal-Mart. The man then exposed his genitals to the girl.
Two teenage girls discovered a man undressing in a women’s locker room in a Denver-area fitness facility.
A mother and daughter in a Colorado mall bathroom were intruded upon by a man who spent several minutes in the bathroom.
But those will likely represent just the tip of the iceberg as this “bathroom bill” policy becomes known.
And for anyone found guilty of discrimination, the punishment is severe—not only civil and criminal fines, but also up to a year in jail. For a businessman who simply wants to uphold his religious beliefs—or for a mother trying to protect her child—that’s a stiff price to pay.
Frankly, while we have deep compassion for those who struggle with their sexual identity—and long to assist them in truth and love—there is no place for these politicians’ counterproductive, so-called “solutions” that sacrifice safety and decency in the service of political correctness.
In at least a dozen states, religious freedom is being threatened by existing “nondiscrimination” laws. From the photographer couple in New Mexico that was fined more than $6,000 for refusing to shoot a lesbian “commitment ceremony” . . . to the church camp in New Jersey that lost part of its tax-exempt status for refusing to host another “commitment ceremony” . . . the homosexual agenda is running head-on into Americans’ freedom of religion.
And in many other states—even family-friendly states like North Dakota11—similar legislation is being introduced and strongly pushed, with a big assist from friendly media. We’ve prepared a special Focus Action UpdateTM online video about several “bathroom bills” now being considered in state legislatures.
State-by-state help from Focus Action
There are numerous ways in which Focus Action is helping local leaders fight this agenda.
Every year, Focus Action engages directly in several of these state battles to help stop such legislation in its tracks. If you’ve been supporting us for any length of time, then you’ve had a part in defeating these schemes. Your support allows us to activate pro-family citizens through mailings, e-mail blasts, telephone calls and advertising campaigns.
Right now, Focus Action staff members are coordinating work with top legal scholars and attorneys to develop a menu of options that states can use to minimize the negative effects of homosexual and “transgender” rights laws on religious freedom.
More than ever, we’re proactively assisting our three dozen associated state groups to develop more vibrant and potent political operations. For example, a Colorado legislator who was a leading recipient of pro-gay funding was defeated last year, following a major media campaign by Focus Action to expose his support for the “bathroom bill.” The Denver Post” called this legislator’s defeat “a shocking upset,” but that’s what can happen when concerned citizens get engaged.
We’re also investing in major new technological and informational tools to allow our state groups to more easily adapt and implement successful lobbying strategies from state to state. In a period when donors’ dollars are often stretched thin, this is a great way to leverage limited resources and help dozens of pro-family groups at the same time. I’m very excited about this economy of scale that your support is allowing us to provide to this network of state organizations.First, I invite you to pray for Focus Action and, most of all, for our nation. The challenges that we are facing in our cultural, financial and political arenas are so enormous that we would be foolish to think that our efforts and strategies alone will be sufficient. We need God’s intervention in the affairs of men.Second, our nation didn’t get into this situation overnight, and it’s going to take a long, committed effort to get out. That’s why I’d like to invite you to team up with us as a monthly financial partner. Your regular support—whether it’s $10 a month or $100 or more—allows us to more effectively plan, budget and carry out our work for the long haul. To set up a recurring gift, select “Monthly” in the Frequency field on our online donation page.
Of course, we most certainly welcome gifts of any form right now. Between the issue battles we are facing in Washington and in state capitols, our resources have never been spread so thin. Thanks so much for remembering us and helping out as God has enabled you.
Senior Vice President
Focus on the Family Action
P.S. Thank you for your faithful partnership. Please continue to stand with us in prayer, action and financial