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The Gloves Are Off!
A homosexual activist group announced that they will publish the name and address of every Oregonian who signs referendum petitions to overturn two gay-rights bills passed by the Oregon Legislature. According to the Secretary of State's office, this is legal because petitions are public information.
The paragons of virtue at KnowThyNeighbor.org (KTNO), claim they want to help stop petition fraud, so if a person “finds their name on this list erroneously they should immediately contact both the Secretary of State and KnowThyNeighborOregon.com and we will provide that information once names and addresses have been posted to our database.” How magnanimous.
These noble folk at KTNO state that they want to “inspire respectful, civil, and honest community discourse and discourages with its fullest conviction the actions by anyone to harm a person or their property in retribution for exercising their democratic right to sign the petition.”
If this gay-rights group means no harm to those who disagree with their view that engaging in sodomy (synonym for homosexuality) is “natural” and “normal,” but believe the behavior is inherently unhealthy thus harmful for society, why go to the trouble of publishing their addresses? Is it respectful to call those who oppose their agenda “a group of religious-right fringe groups” and “anti-family, anti-fairness extremists?” 
Some homosexual groups would have us believe that those who alert the public to the horrendous diseases inherent in sodomy are extremists when, in fact, they’re only trying to educate those who are not being told the truth.
Those who spread misinformation about sodomy, i.e., it is a normal and natural sexual practice, are deliberately deceiving the public, as sodomy is both unsafe and unhealthy and could ultimately destroy one’s health and well being.
Here’s how disingenuous KTNO is. They state, “Both of these referendum [see below] attempts represent a public political effort that would negatively affect the lives of thousands of families, individuals, and children within Oregon and we strongly believe that this is NOT the Oregon way.” Not the Oregon way? In 2004, Oregonians voted to amend the Oregon Constitution to state that Marriage was “between a man and a woman only.”
David Crow, Director of Restore America (http://restoreamerica.org), says KTNO’s threat to out petition signers “smacks of Nazi Germany, Stalin, Mao, Arafat, and fanatical Islam, and is the harbinger of things to come. Such an announcement supports the common view that this determined special interest group will stop at nothing to force our acceptance not only of their behavior, but our compliance to their wishes and world view.”
Without further ado, here are the referendum petitions to overturn two gay-rights bills passed by the Oregon Legislature that will purportedly “negatively affect the lives of thousands of families, individuals, and children within Oregon.”
Petition # 303“In 2004, Oregonians voted to amend the Oregon Constitution to state that Marriage was ‘between a man and a woman only’ in response to the unlawful extension of marriage licenses to ‘same sex partners’ by the Multnomah County Commissioners.
“On May 9th, this year, the Governor of Oregon signed House Bill 2007 (HB 2007), which provides all the benefits of marriage in Oregon Law to men and women who wish to live in a homosexual or lesbian relationship; hence, circumventing the will of the people, the Oregon Constitution, and our nation’s traditional moral and legal standards. In so doing, the Legislature and the Governor, created another form of marriage called ‘domestic partnerships,’ in defiance of the will of the people. Petition 303 seeks to place HB 2007 on the November 4, 2008 ballot on which voter eligible Oregonians may vote to either allow HB 2007 to become law, or make it null and void.”
Without a smidgeon of remorse, ultra liberal Governor Ted Kulongoski thwarted the will of the voters, who said “NO” to same sex marriage by signing into law House Bill 2007.
Petition # 304 states:“On the same day, the Governor Signed Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) which provides special rights, privileges, and protections to homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and those who have ‘gender identity’ issues.
“SB 2 effectively forces the citizens of Oregon to accept what has for millennia been considered aberrant and immoral behavior. It removes our right to make important social and moral distinctions that are important to parenting, the well being of children, hiring, the workplace, and education, by the threat of legal action against those who choose to make moral distinctions. By its passage it imposes a new morality on all Oregonians, and will have a chilling effect upon free speech, employer’s rights, parental rights, and what is taught in the classroom.
“Oregonians have a Constitutional means to prevent these bills from becoming law on January 1, 2008, called a Referendum. 55,179 VALID SIGNATURES on approved referendum petition forms are required for EACH Referendum within 90 days of the end of the Legislative Session in order for these bills to be placed on the November 4th, 2008, General Election Ballot. If Oregonians fail to obtain the required signatures, the bills will become law, and those elected and unelected officials who do not respect the will of the people will be further encouraged to disregard our votes in the future.”
“Americans have had enough,” says David Crow. He warns:
“Forcing acceptance of their sexual behavior against our will, at the price of our right to make moral distinctions as families and communities, has now become more than most Americans can tolerate.
“With a plethora of states and a heavy majority of voters saying "NO" to same sex marriage, along with a deepening disrespect for the will of the voters by our elected officials and this special interest group, Americans are fed up.
“By this tactic, the homosexual lobby and their sympathizers are asking for a confrontation that they alone seek, and now appears necessary.
“No more Placating, Appeasing, or Pacifying!
“The days of appeasing, placating and pacifying the homosexual community are over. It doesn't work. And neither will it work in Oregon.
“Neville Chamberlain and the English people found out that appeasing Hitler and his Nazi sympathizers did not work. And neither has it worked with the communists, the Ayatollahs, Arafat, Castro, Chavez or North Korea.”
Crow believes that Oregonians would be well served to sign petitions 303 and 304 “with a resolute determination to disallow a small, well funded, and well organized special interest group, and their friends in the Oregon legislature, from redefining marriage and morality without our consent.”
Restore America hopes to place both bills on the November 2008 General Election Ballot. Anyone who wants to sign the petitions may do so at a participating church. They may also sign the petitions August 24 – September 2 at the Concerned Oregonians Booth at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. If you live in Oregon, sign the petitions! (To find out more about the fair, see the info at the end of this article.)
For people of faith who are wish-washy regarding homosexuality, get a backbone, will ya! The Bible says it’s a sin. “The Apostle Paul, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declares that homosexuality ‘shall not inherit the kingdom of God’ (I Corinthians 6:9; 10). Now Paul does not single out the homosexual as a special offender. He includes fornicators, idolators, adulterers, thieves, covetous persons, drunkards, revilers and extortioners. And then he adds the comment that some of the Christians at Corinth had been delivered from these very practices: ‘And such were some of you: But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God’ (I Corinthians 6:11). All of the sins mentioned in this passage are condemned by God, but just as there was hope in Christ for the Corinthians, so is there hope for all of us.” 
Those who deny the authority of Scripture (liberals) are mostly responsible for all the confusion over sodomy. Moreover, conservative pastors, church leaders and people of faith who refuse to engage in the conversation for fear of being rebuked are as responsible as liberals for society’s growing acceptance of all kind of deviant behavior.
Incidentally, each and every professed Christian is answerable to God for his or her lack of spine when it comes to defending what the Bible teaches about morality.
Now, if the Bible is not the divinely inspired Word of God as liberals choose to believe, then man becomes the final authority in determining right and wrong. So, which is it, Christian? Is the Bible true (divinely inspired) and the solid rock on which we stand? Or is the Bible only a book of myths and fables, making man the final court of arbitration?
For the self-professed Christian, there’s no choice but to oppose sodomy, as there are clear biblical prohibitions against it found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. All Scripture on homosexuality is negative! The Bible condemns sodomy as sin. (Leviticus 18: 22, Leviticus 20:13, Deuteronomy 23:17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) By all means loathe the sin, but be kind to the sinner.
There are a lot of people on the planet who claim they’re Christians but, sadly, they’re only fooling themselves. Any Christian who supports same sex marriage, no matter how they rationalize it, is going against God. I’m not talking about the timid, one-size fits all, politically correct “God” so many “Christians” choose to believe in. The God I’m talking about is the One true God, who spoke this vast universe into existence, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3).
I’ll end this with a reminder that liberals are trying to control your life. They continually carp about tolerance, yet they’re intolerant of anyone else’s beliefs! “Tolerance” is nothing more than a weapon liberals use to intimidate people who oppose their secular humanist agenda.
I hope all this information on the radical homosexual agenda has not discouraged you, but will motivate you and persuade you to take action!
The gloves are off! Now go out and fight the good fight! And above all, finish the race.
OREGON STATE FAIR OPPORTUNITY:
Concerned Oregonians and Defense of Marriage Again, led by former State Senator Marilyn Shannon, are working together to ensure petitions are circulated and available at the Oregon State Fair.
Volunteers are greatly needed to man booths 534 and 705 at the Fair, which opens at 11AM this Friday and runs through September 3rd. If you wish to help, there is no better time than at the Fair, where over 300,000 people are expected. Come help! If we average 2000 signatures a day for 10 days, we move 20,000 signatures closer to our goal!
Remember, apart from Multnomah, Lane and Benton Counties, 7 out of 10 people voted for Measure 36 and those same folks are not happy with this legislature!
Contact Marylin Shannon at 503-559-3011 to volunteer at the Defense of Marriage Again Booth and Ron Breeden at 503-932-5954 to volunteer.
Homosexuality: The Christian Perspective By Lehman Strauss, Litt.D., F.R.G.S. http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=1302
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