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All You Need is Love

There is much talk swirling around the city of Anchorage these days about the proposed amendment which adds sexual orientation and veteran status in the non-discriminatory practices ordinance. It already includes race, color,
sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, and physical or mental disability.

There are Facebook pages, websites for and against the amendment, and the radio waves are all abuzz. I just thought I’d take a moment and delve into one of the groups who has weighed in against providing equal treatment to all people.

Jerry Prevo, pastor over at the Anchorage Baptist Temple on Northern Lights Blvd., has decided to jump into the debate by creating a website designed to whip up fear and panic.

Prevo wrote the following letter to the Anchorage Daily News to announce the site:

“Gay rights ordinance is bad

Here are just some of the reasons I am against the homosexual ordinance.

It would allow any man to dress like a woman and use any public women’s restroom. Ladies, do you want that to happen? If not then you should contact the Anchorage Assembly and show up at the June 9 public hearing.

A man in a highly visible sales job could come to work dressed like a woman.

A person of either sex who indulges a taste for extreme sexual promiscuity and pornography during working hours could not be stopped or fired even though it damages the company’s image.

Maybe, worst of all, this ordinance would allow a man who teaches a second grade class or any grade to show up as a woman in the classroom and the School District could do nothing because of this ordinance.

This is a poorly written ordinance. For more of my explanation can be found at SOSanchorage (dot) org. (Author’s note: I refuse to link to their site on moral grounds and the fact that I might get tube cooties.)

– Dr. Jerry Prevo

pastor, Anchorage Baptist Temple”

If you go to the site, you’ll find the following topics on the homepage:

* ANY MAN CAN PUT ON A DRESS AND WALK INTO THE LADIES’ RESTROOM. Click HERE to see why.

* SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS COULD BE FINED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IF THIS ORDINANCE PASSES. Click HERE to see how.

* YOUR CHILD’S 2ND GRADE TEACHER COULD BE A MAN ONE DAY AND SHOW UP AS A WOMAN THE NEXT. Click HERE to understand why.

* THE SALVATION ARMY, PERHAPS AMERICA’S MOST RESPECTED CHARITY, COULD BE DENIED PUBLIC FUNDING. Click HERE to read how.

* THE BOY SCOUTS WILL BE FORCED TO ALLOW HOMOSEXUALS (men attracted sexually to males) TO SUPERVISE YOUNG BOYS. Click HERE to find out why.

* BOY SCOUTS WILL LOSE PUBLIC FUNDING AND WILL BE FORCED TO SPEND MONEY ON LAW SUITS. Click HERE to see why.

* LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS WILL HAVE TO ALLOW CROSS DRESSERS ON THEIR SALES TEAM. Click HERE to read why.

* “SEXUAL ORIENTATION” IS A DANGEROUS LEGAL TERM TO ADD TO OUR DISCRIMINATION LAWS. Click HERE to read the proposed definition.

* EXEMPTIONS FROM THIS ORDINANCE FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ARE WORTHLESS. Click HERE to read proposed wording.

* READ WHAT AN ANCHORAGE ATTORNEY SAYS ABOUT THE HOMOSEXUAL ORDINANCE. Click HERE.

* THE NOTION THAT HOMOSEXUALS AS A GROUP CONSTITUTE A TRUE MINORITY IN NEED OF SPECIAL PROTECTION IS FALSE!
Click HERE.

* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND ARTICLES BY ROBERT KNIGHT – CWA SPOKESMAN.
How Do Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity affect public policy? Click HERE.
The Boy Scouts Will Be Only the First Casuality. Click HERE.
Sexual Orientation and American Culture. Click HERE.

* CONTACT YOUR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE. Click HERE to view list and contact information.

* WHAT CAN YOU DO? Click HERE.

* PROPOSED ORDINANCE. Click HERE.

* CONTRIBUTE TO SOSANCHORAGE. ORG Click HERE.

* DISCRIMINATION ISN’T A BAD WORD. Click HERE.

When I looked at the site, the first thing I noticed was the graphics.  There are pictures of men dressed as women, women dressed as men, and lots of lots of ALL CAPS.  This site was created to send shivers of fear down the spines of the people of Anchorage.  I have to tell you, it worked.  This site truly scares me, but not for the reasons it was created.

When you click on any of these buttons, instead of linking to another web page, a PDF file is automatically downloaded onto your computer, which I find highly irritating.

In the “Discrimination Isn’t a Bad Word” file, I found this:

“This is about a movement among activists promoting the homosexual legal agenda to persecute and prosecute anyone who won’t be coerced into fully and openly endorsing their agenda. Christians and others of different faiths are now being targeted across the country who decline to endorse, facilitate, or participate in activities that violate their conscience or religious convictions.”

Really? This is about promoting the homosexual agenda? Imagine if we substituted “sex”, “race”, or “religion” into their argument. “It’s okay to discriminate against women/blacks/Catholics because they are just trying to promote their agenda. Don’t force us to treat others equally because it goes against our religious views.”

They claim that Christians are being targeted because of their religious convictions. Let’s examine that a little further. First of all, they whine about being targeted when that’s exactly what they’re doing. Secondly, wasn’t it was Jesus himself who stated, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 14:12.  Where does it say in the bible that it’s okay to hate homosexuals? Jesus doesn’t say, “Love each other, but for goodness’ sake, don’t love the gays?” Seems to me that those who feel “targeted” for their convictions might want to read a little more of the bible they claim to believe so strongly in. On the Anchorage Baptist Temple’s webpage, it states, “Believing that the Bible is the word of God, Pastor Prevo’s preaching and teaching is Bible-centered, practical, and encouraging.”  Bible-centered.  Right.  Encouraging.  Sure.  Depends on who you’re talking to, I guess.

Another nugget:  “In the end, this is not a civil liberties issue. It is a religious liberties issue.  Infringement of those liberties is guaranteed should this ordinance be forced upon the people of Anchorage.” (emphasis mine)

I see where they’re coming from here.  What they’re saying is, “It’s not about treating you fairly, it’s about treating us fairly.”  They want it both ways.  They don’t want to be discriminated against but they want to discriminate against others.

In conclusion, I’ll leave you with a gem I found over at the Anchorage Baptist Temple website.  May you find the irony in the following:


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For all of you women (and you know who you are) who want come up here to find Mr. Right up here in Alaska, you might want to check this out.

David Traver of Anchorage, Alaska, the overall champion of the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships.

On the right: David Traver of Anchorage, Alaska, the overall champion of the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships.

That’s right, his beard is in the shape of a snowshoe. Niiiiice. There is a saying we have up here about Alaskan men: The odds are good, but the goods are odd.

Hey, I’m married to an Alaskan man. You can take my word for it.

For the ADN article and links to more pictures, click here.

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My mother-in-law sent me an ecard today. I *heart* my mother-in-law.

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When I heard that Sarah Palin had decided to stay in Alaska to deal with the flooding emergency in Eagle, I thought at first that perhaps she wanted to stay as far away as possible from the “gotcha media”. But after researching the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C, to which she will send Todd instead, it sounds more like a celebrity bash than a gathering of journalists.

I was going to give Sarah credit for sticking around during an emergency, and then I realized that she really did make a good decision here. [Did I just say that?] Sarah actually passed up the opportunity to not only hang out with the President and Vice-President, but man, look at this list of celebrities:

* CNN: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Val Kilmer, Kyra Sedgwick, Brad Cooper, Tyra Banks, Janet Napolitano.

* ABC News: David and Susan Axelrod; Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff; Peter Orszag (Director of Office of Management and Budget), Valerie Jarrett (senior presidential advisor), Jackie Norris (First Lady’s Chief of Staff), Leon Panetta, CIA Director; Susan Rice, UN Ambassador; Justice Antonin Scalia; Meghan McCain; Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi; Kate Walsh; Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel.

* CBS News: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Jon Corzine, Amb. Hector Timerman, Colin Powell, Stephanie Cutter, Tom Donilon, Arne Duncan, Michele Flournoy, Lisa Jackson, David Jacobson, Katie Johnson, Bob Schieffer, Brad Paisley.

* NBC News: Colin Firth, Jimmy Fallon, Mariska Hargitay, Mike Myers, William H. Macy, Jason Bateman, Natasha Bedingfeld, Connie Britton, Warren Buffett, Kyle Chandler, John Cusack, Ari Emanuel, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Colin Firth, Whoopi Goldberg, Rep. Jane Harmon, Felicity Huffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Jones, Sen. Amy Klobucher, Denis Leary, John Lewis, Cheryl Mills, B.J. Novak, Gov. Ed Rendell, Wilbur Ross, Jeff Zucker, Steve Capus, Phil Griffin, Brian Williams, David Gregory, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb, Amy Robach, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, Luke Russert, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz,Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinkski , Norah O’Donnell, David Shuster, Contessa Brewer, Carlos Watson, Tamron Hall, Jim Cramer, Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett.

* New York Daily News: Chesley Sullenberger.

* USA Today: Tim Daly, Justin Long, Richard Belzer, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen, Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Michelle Obama staffer Jocelyn Frye.

* Atlantic: Ed Westwick, Newt Gingrich.

* Fortune: George Lucas and Glenn Close.

* People: Sting and Trudie Styler, Miranda Cosgrove, Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Jon Hamm, Eva Longoria Parker, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Brooke Shields

* Glamour: Narciso Rodriguez, Alicia Keys, Kenneth Cole, Kerry Washington, and White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.

* Newsweek: Lally Weymouth, Donald Graham, Jon Meacham, Timothy Geithner, Eric Holder, R. Todd Bradley (Executive Vice President, Personal Systems Group, Hewlett Packard), David Brennan (CEO, AstraZeneca), Representative Eric and Diana Cantor (R-VA).; Fmr. Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig; Amb. Jeffrey Feltman (Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs), Amb. Richard Holbrooke (Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan), and Ms. Kati Marton; Attorney General Eric Holder; Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD); Arianna Huffington (Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post), Jeffrey Kindler (Chairman and CEO, Pfizer), Sharon Sullivan, Michael Kives (Creative Artists Agency), Martin Nesbitt, President and CEO, PRG Parking Management; Natalie Portman; Sir Nigel Sheinwald (Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the US) and Lady Julia Sheinwald, Puneet Talwar (National Security Council), Dr. Eric Whitaker (University of Chicago Medical Center), Owen Wilson, James Berkus (United Talent Agency).

She really passed up a good time, I think. Way to go Sarah. (I really mean it! I’m honestly not trying to sound sarcastic here. It’s just really hard to say that phrase without an eye-roll. Old habits are hard to break, you know.)

The only questions I have are, will Todd bring Bristol as his date, and if so, who will watch Tripp?

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I think I just threw up a little. I can’t believe I’m giving props to Randy Ruedrich.

Randy Ruedrich, the Republican Party Chairman, is actually bringing up a very good point in a recent article in Politico.

Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich, who tangled with Palin when both served on the state Oil and Gas Commission before she became governor, said Palin may be more susceptible to attacks on her ethics from opponents because she “raised the ethics issue years before she came into office and made a major point of working to change the state ethics laws and regulation.” –Politico, 5/3/09

Ruedrich is simply pointing out the fact that not only did Palin run for Governor as the “ethical” candidate who held herself and other politicians to a high ethical standard, but when the Troopergate investigation was launched, she specifically asked the people of Alaska to hold her accountable.

While another, perhaps more mature, Governor would have come out with a generic statement such as, “The Governor is confident that she will be exonerated of all charges when the Judicial System has had an opportunity to work”, Palin and her cronies have been spending all their energy calling the ethics charges “frivolous”, “baseless”, “bogus”, “asinine”, and even started a Twitter account. “We have to be able to correct the record instantaneously,” [Bill McAllister] went on to explain.

So, to sum up, the Governor is twelve and Randy Ruedrich thinks she brought all this on herself. The end.

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