Just in case you are wondering what Pennsylvan's Christian-flavored bigots (haters, not the lovers) have been up to:
On HB 300 (yawn). More ignorant appeals to religious discrimination. I certainly don't expect Catholic Charities to hire homosexuals. I do expect them to comply with the law if they accept public funding. This is about GREED, not religious freedom. It is about POWER and CONTROL by enforcing their view of the way things should be on the rest of us. Also note, that Ms. Gramley asks for donations, but not prayers. Hmmm. So which do you think is more important to them?
This article notes that Representative Dan Frankel, the prime sponsor of this bill (H.B. 300), is working on an amendment to offer an exemption to religious organizations. This will not fix this bill. The effort behind the bill is to validate – through force of law – the homosexual lifestyle.
A ‘religious exemption’ will not
1.) protect Christian business owners and landlords from being forced to comply with this law;
2.) protect the Boy Scouts from being banned from using government buildings and parks;
3.) protect department stores from being forced to allow men who think they are women to use the women’s fitting room to try on clothing;
4.) protect county/city pools from being required to permit sexually confused men from using the women’s locker/shower facilities;
5.) prevent a judge from using this so-called anti-discrimination law from striking our state Defense of Marriage Act and legalizing same-sex marriage.
Again, a ‘religious exemption’ will not fix this bill; but will only pave the way for passage of a very bad bill because some lawmakers concerns over religious organizations will be addressed. Once something like this is passed, the religious exemption can easily be dropped in a year or two.
H.B. 300 is still in the House Appropriations Committee, but no action is scheduled for this week. Please contact your State Representative again and ask him or her to oppose any ‘religious exemption’ amendment because that will not make H.B. 300 a good bill. Use the five reasons listed above. Also, ask your State Representative to oppose the bill as a whole. Click here for contact information. If you do not know who your State Rep is, please key in your nine-digit zip code in the upper right hand corner of the above linked page.
Opponents include the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, which says the bill would pave the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage and force religious organizations to change policies regarding homosexuals. Many Republican lawmakers from central Pennsylvania are among the opponents.
On abortion. I include the whole release so you can pick up the phone and do the exact opposite.
AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
April 2, 2009
1.) Public Comment Period for HHS Conscience Rules Ends April 9th
n Ask Senators to Support Coburn Amendment
2.) Have You Sent Your Red Envelope Yet?
1.) President Obama is expected to rescind the collection of new regulations the Bush administration put on the books to provide better enforcement of three federal laws making sure medical staff and facilities are not forced to participate in abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking public comment through April 9th. Planned Parenthood is directing thousands of comments supporting the rescission of the Provider Conscience Clause. Several steps have been taken to counter this and you can help too.
a.) In anticipation of the President’s rescission of the conscience clause, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is sponsoring an amendment that would protect the right of conscience for health care workers. His budget amendment “ensures that the funds made available through the budget’s health care reserve fund will not be used to violate the conscience of health care providers.”
b.) Additionally, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Pennsylvania’s Senator Bob Casey sent President Obama a letter last week telling him the Provider Conscience Clause should remain. These are the only Democratic members of the Senate who are not strong abortion advocates.
c.) You can send a public comment to HHS, see below for instruction.
2.) There has been an ongoing campaign to send a message to President Barack Obama. The message? Abortion kills! Have you sent your red envelope yet?
Here’s what to do:
a.) Get a red envelope
b.) Address the empty envelope as follows:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
c.) Place this message on the outside:
This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was not allowed to offer anything to the world.
Life begins with conception.
d.) Stamp it, mail it, and invite others to do the same.
If concerned, these are additional steps you can take:
1.) Contact Senator Arlen Specter at (202) 224-4254 or use the webform at http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Ask Senator Specter to support the Coburn Amendment to the budget bill.
2.)Contact Senator Casey at (202) 224-6324 or toll free: (866) 802-2833 or use the webform at casey.senate.gov/contact/ Thank him for the letter sent to President Obama last week telling him the Provider Conscience Clause should remain. Also, ask him to support the Coburn Amendment to the budget bill.
—- Click here for contact information to district offices and fax numbers.
3.) Here’s how you submit public comment to HHS. Click here to read the actual rescission order. Click here to read some talking points from the Christian Medical Association that can be used. For more information on this issue, you can read Newt Gingrich and Rick Tyler’s article “Obama’s Attack on Medical Civil Liberties.”
n Comments could include postcards, emails and letters highlighting the importance of protecting the choices of healthcare providers who oppose abortion and the need for regulations to implement laws that protect the freedom of conscience. If conscience laws are not implemented and enforced, health care providers may be driven out of the practice of medicine thereby only adding to healthcare shortages, and reducing or eliminating women’s options to choose pro-life medical care. (see the rescission order linked above for contact information.)
n However, the best and fastest way to submit comments is via e-mail at email@example.com (Include specific examples in your comments, if possible.) NOTE: Comments must be submitted by April 9th.
4.) Don’t forget you can now listen to Diane Gramley’s weekly radio program ‘American Family Focus on PA Issues’ on our website. Click here. This week’s guest is Dr. Alan Keyes and we are talking about the Tea Parties taking place around the nation. We also talk a little about his lawsuit questioning Barack Obama’s eligibility to be President.
5.) Feel free to forward this alert to other concerned Pennsylvanians. If this alert is being forwarded to you by a friend, please feel free to sign up by clicking here.
6.) Please consider supporting the ongoing work of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania. Make an online donation.
In His service,
American Family Association of PA
The American Family Association of PA is a pathetic representation of Christianity. The organizations is fueled by pompous self-righteous bigots who believe that theirs is the only way and foster a continued sense of fear and loathing for that which is different. They have no interest in understanding the world around them, only in controlling it to fit their worldview.
In His service. With your money.