How San Francisco Pride is Perpetuating a Scandal By Not Reinstating Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal

How San Francisco Pride is Perpetuating a Scandal By Not Reinstating Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 1:37 pm

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The San Francisco Pride Committee held a meeting on Tuesday night. It was their monthly meeting and the Board of Directors was well aware that there would be individuals from the community that would be attending to express their outrage at the Board’s decision to not allow Pfc. Bradley Manning to be honored as a Grand Marshal at this year’s Pride parade. However, the meeting was held in a small conference room and members of the public and press were kept out of the meeting.

Chief Operating Officer Earl Plante told KTVU that the meeting was held to “really listen to the community, share their concerns and try to move forward in a proactive way.” That is public relations gobbledygook. He also alleged that, since the decision, “Threats have been made to board members and volunteers. That was why access to the meeting was limited.”

No evidence to substantiate this allegation has been made public by Pride. Nobody attending the meeting was informed by the Pride Board of any details related to “threats” and how the Board was concerned for their safety. So, Plante’s statement is disingenuous and malevolent, as it functions as a ploy to destroy the credibility of supporters protesting the decision.

I spoke with four individuals, who were at the meeting. There are also accounts from the meeting online from Rainey Reitman, Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member; Michael Petrelis, a gay peace and social justice activist; Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a writer, singer, songwriter and activist. What follows is a comprehensive and unabridged presentation of what happened at the meeting and how San Francisco Pride continues to make this controversy worse.

What Led Up to the Scheduled Monthly Meeting

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/05/09/how-san-francisco-pride-is-perpetuating-a-scandal-by-not-reinstating-bradley-manning-as-grand-marshal/#

English: Bradley Manning

English: Bradley Manning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Gay Community Outraged: Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

Gay Community Outraged: Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

First: Many thanks to Popeye and the team at Unbound Radio for being so responsive and sensitive to this matter.

http://unboundradio.com

[Edit April 4, 2013 – Here is the link to the radio broadcast with Popeye/Down The Rabbit Hole during which I decided I had to do something: http://unboundradio.com/down-the-rabbit-hole-1269/ ]

As a man, first – I am appalled. As a gay man looking at this,  all I see is another effort to associate good people with bad. It is my hope that the gay community (whoever we are) steps forward and calls this for what it is.

“You could say I lost my faith in politicians.” No joke. We have been debating whether or not a criminal class known as our government (mind controllers) should grant us rights to be together under their unjust laws and the entire time they have been undermining our true progress by continually associating  gay men with pedophiles. It is the people making these rules who are known for these horrific acts.

It is going to take the LGBT community – and more importantly – our straight brothers and sisters,  to avert this madness.

This is a difficult subject, but I see it also as a great opportunity to unite people who have been purposely divided for far too long by the controllers in this world.

Please take a moment to read the following article posted by Popeye on Federal Jack. The timing on this was purely synchromystic.

Make some magic out of this. “It’s gonna take a lot of love to change the way things are.”_____________

Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill

April 3, 2013 by
Filed under Featured Stories, Human rights, US News

(RETHINK SOCIETY)   California Congresswoman, Rep. Jackie Speier CA (D), wants to federalize a state law to prohibit counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation. That doesn’t sound that extreme, but pedophilia is a sexual orientation according to this bill as well.

Under the bill’s language, a mental health counselor could be sanctioned if there was an attempt to get a pedophile or gay individual to change his behavior or speak negatively about their behavior as it relates to sexuality.

The bill calls on states to prohibit efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation, even if the minor requests it, saying that doing so is “dangerous and harmful.”

The text of the legislation doesn’t specifically ban “gay” conversion therapy. Instead, it prohibits attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation,” the bill says.

Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that, “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation.” However, the Democrats defeated the amendment. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law, and accordingly decided that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that should be equally as embraced as homosexuality.

“This language is so broad and vague, it arguably could include all forms of sexual orientation, including pedophilia,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “It’s not just the orientation that is protected—the conduct associated with the orientation is protected as well.”

Who Cares If Pedophilia Is A Sexual Orientation?

It also means that, if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that discrimination laws also apply to pedophiles. That means you cannot block a pedophile from being a preschool teacher or any other high-risk occupation.

Recently, a United States District Court Judge, William Shubb, sided with Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) by granting their plaintiffs a preliminary injunction against the legislation, which is known as California SB 1172.

“Because the court finds that SB 1172 is subject to strict scrutiny and is unlikely to satisfy this standard, the court finds that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims based on violations of their rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment,” wrote Judge Shubb.

“This victory sends a clear signal to all those who feel they can stifle religious freedom, free speech, and the rights of parents without being contested,” said PJI President, Brad Dacus. “We at PJI are ready to fight this battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

“This will be a long, grueling battle with tremendous consequences for generations to come. We are grateful to those who are willing to support us in this critical time to preserve our freedoms and protect our children,” he continued.

Thankfully, for the time being, this legislation has been blocked, but many questions still remain.

This bill establishes a dangerous precedent for normalizing the behavior of pedophiles while stripping parents of their rights and peace of mind.

One can certainly make the argument that homosexuals are “born that way,” and we generally would not dispute that. However, when we have legislators that want to extend the “born that way” defense to pedophiles, this crosses a very dangerous line.

Whether a pedophile is born that way or not, it still does not make their behavior acceptable in any way.

If so, then you could declare rapists are “born that way.” They can’t help that they need to rape! Poor them!

Let’s be real.

Sex between an adult and a child too young to understand what is going on is not the same thing as sex between two consenting adults.

The operative word here is “consenting.” Children—by both law and basic common sense—cannot “consent.” If Jackie Spier had a son or daughter, and an adult “had consensual sex” with him or her, we do not believe that what she would be so adamant about protecting them.

What liberals conveniently ignore is the fact that all societies who participated in pedophilia—such as the Hittites, Canaanites, Greeks, and Romans—eventually caved in on themselves due to corruption and depravity.

Further, let’s not also forget that their favorite form of entertainment was watching people get torn to shreds by lions, hacked to death, and burned alive.

Recognizing sexual ‘orientation’ is walking a razor’s edge. Unlike gay-oriented legislation, pedophilia has victims who must be protected.

We don’t put pedophiles in prison to make them stop being pedophiles; we put them there because they threaten the safety of the most vulnerable people in a society.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

http://www.rethinksociety.com/government/pedophilia-is-a-sexual-orientation-under-ca-bill/

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