Monday, June 15, 2009

Today's letter - healthcare reform needs our support, but I'm not that generous

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

During the election, then-candidate Barack Obama said about the gays, “it is wrong to hold up a line from Leviticus [condemning gays] while forgetting the whole point of the Sermon on the Mount [where Jesus teaches you to treat your neighbor as you treat yourself.]”

Then on Friday, the Administration released a memo defending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell on the grounds that homosexuality is, among other falsehoods, equivalent to incest.

Well, I am not willing to forget the Sermon on the Mount either. If President Obama wants me to respect him, he needs to respect me. The minion in the DOJ who put out this release needs to loose ALL of her Federal benefits along with her job. The dodo in the White House Press Office who defended the memo needs to loose ALL of his Federal benefits along with his job. And Michelle needs to make Barack sleep on the couch until he demands congress provide comprehensive and indistinguishable equality in employment, taxation, social security and immigration to every American citizen.

I would love to contribute to the Democrats’ health care reform plan – but all my spare change is going to fix the lies Mr. Obama is spreading.

Sincerely,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Today's letter - let's address the actual issues in the 2010 race for California Governor

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

The race for Governor is heating up. I wish one side or the other could be trusted to actually end the gridlock in Sacramento, but that hasn’t happened.

I presume that you want a Republican to win. But with the way that the Democrats are positioning themselves, it looks like it might come down to an equality-vs-apartheid competition just like Proposition 8, and I predict that will open the door for a pro-marriage Governor to take your place.

Governor, as we learned from the 1983 film “War Games,” the only way to win this game is not to play it. The only way to disarm the Democrats on the issue of same-sex marriage is to agree that Prop 8 was a bad idea and work towards marriage equality in this state and country as fast as we can.

I hope you choose to join this fight rather than just watch it play out.

Sincerely,

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Today's letter - if we are going to give "marriage" to the churches, we should at least charge a billiion dollars for it

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

There are some who are calling for the end of marriage in California. Let the churches decide who can marry, they say, and have the state call all registered partnership commitments “Civil Unions.”

I think this is a dumb idea. While it addresses the short-term problem Proposition 8 introduced – a class of citizens who cannot get married and group of churches that cannot perform the act their faith demands – getting rid of “marriage” would recklessly surrender the word “marriage” to the church.

If we are going to give the word to the churches, we should at least get something for it. A billion dollars would go a long way towards balancing the budget.

Sincerely,

Friday, June 12, 2009

Today's letter - I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is more insightful than Jesus

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Last night on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Heidi and Spencer Pratt talked a lot about their relationship with Jesus and the importance of being Christian. Heidi talked about her dream of becoming a missionary while showing that she didn’t have the skills to survive a couple of days in a relatively posh jungle. Spencer talked about trying to channel Jesus with all his heart mind body and spirit, while verbally and physically assaulting his campmates.

Daniel Baldwin had a Celebrity Monologue and called this “Convenient Christianity:”

“It’s real convenient to tell people how Christian you are, and yell out ‘Praise God’ and ‘God Bless’ ... and then climb up poles and knock water bottles out of their hands and tell them that you’re going to kill them. Where is the Christianity in that?”

I know exactly what he is talking about. I get hate mail that makes me want to wash my eyes out with holy water. So-called Christians running around shooting doctors and bashing homosexuals, preaching love and tolerance for their neighbor, but acting quite differently.

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32

Regardless of what people say, God knows what people do in the voting booths.

Please, Governor, help Californians realize that what they did with Prop 8 was wrong. Instead of just talking about doing the right thing, I wish you would actually reach out and join the fight for marriage equality.

Sincerely,

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today's letter - an invitation to speak on the anniversary of California's first legal same-sex marriages

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

On Tuesday, we will be celebrating the anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriages in California. I will be speaking at a press conference along with my father and my children.

I will be speaking about my faith and marriage, while my father will be speaking about how his dream of becoming a grandparent came true.

I hope you can come out. You could talk about how the freedom to marry would help the California economy, or how you regret vetoing AB 43, the bill that would have made this happen much sooner, or how your vision of government is disturbed when the state makes decisions that belong to individuals.

If you need a ride, just give me a call. I’ll be glad to pick you up.

Sincerely,

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Today's letter - when Athiests can marry but I can't, it proves neither Mormons nor Papists own the word "marriage"

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

In California we seem to be stuck in a world with marriages for some couples and civil unions for others. This seems to be an accommodation to religious groups who somehow feel entitled to own the word “marriage” and define it for themselves.

But religion does not own the word marriage. When two atheists of opposite genders get married, by a judge in a courthouse, it is still legally called a marriage, not a civil union. The word “marriage” Is owned by the state, and as a citizen I demand to be able to use it.

Once Californians admit that everybody deserves the same rights regardless of their gender, religion and sexual orientation, the segregation between marriage and domestic partnerships becomes instantly absurd. California crossed that line in 1999.

Those who support a system that surrenders the word “marriage” to the Mormons and the Papists are as reprehensible as the apartheid they support.

Governor, I wish you would apologize for vetoing AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act that would have legalized gay marriage through the legislature. I wish you would speak out against those who are stealing state property and using it for their own religious agenda. I wish you would make the GOP get rid of Michael Steele so Republicans can once again represent America’s promise of freedom and dignity, instead of some warped version of theocracy.

Sincerely,

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Today's letter - Traditional Marriage for Everybody

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

A new campaign: “traditional marriage for everybody.” What else would be fair?

Sincerely,

Monday, June 8, 2009

Today's letter - research proves same-sex marriage reduces HIV/AIDS, while intolerance causes it

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Hugo Mialon and Andrew Francis, Two researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, used thirty years of data to tie rates of HIV/AIDS infection to attitudes of tolerance towards lesbian and gay Americans.

They found that “a rise in tolerance from the 1970s to the 1990s reduced HIV/AIDS cases by one per 100,000 people, and that laws against same-sex marriage boosted cases by 4 per 100,000.”

"Intolerance is deadly," they concluded. "Bans on gay marriage [cause] more gay people to shift to sexual behaviors that carry more risk."

If you were truly interested in reducing the number of HIV/AIDS cases, you would support traditional marriage for everybody, gay and straight. I wish you would help educate Californians about the facts surrounding marriage. Hate is taught, but so is fairness, compassion and freedom.

Sincerely,

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Today's letter - Dick Cheny is right about freedom, but wrong about having the states meter it out

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Your Republican friend Dick Cheney said during an appearance at the National Press Club that "people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish."

He also said he does not support federal action allowing gay marriages. "Historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level," Cheney said. "It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis."

Governor, I wish you would take Mr. Cheney’s comments one step further to their obvious conclusion: marriage should not be regulated on the federal level, OR on the state level. It should be at the individual level.

The only people who should be able to decide if they should get married are the people who are involved. Individual choices of adults are not the business of the government, whether it is federal, state or local.

Anything less than that equal freedom for everybody is a violation of what it means to be American, Christian and Republican.

Sincerely,

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Today's letter - it's gay pride month again

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

It’s old news now, but June is once again Gay Pride month by proclamation of the President of the United States.

I’m tired of having the civil liberties and human dignity of my fellow Americans ebb and flow with the different political parties that happen to be in office at any particular time. I’m tired of having to wait for old Republicans to die off so human rights legislation can advance. I’m tired of being limited to just one political party because the other political party engages in morally reprehensible attacks on its fellow citizens.

Governor, I wish you would apologize for vetoing AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act that would have legalized gay marriage through the legislature, like New Hampshire just did. I wish you would speak out against Opponents of Equality and their agenda of apartheid against the citizens of our state. I wish you would make the GOP get rid of Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh so Republicans can once again represent America’s promise of freedom and dignity, instead of some warped version of theocracy.

Sincerely,

Friday, June 5, 2009

Today's letter - same-sex marriage is the only proven way to get more people to marry and fewer people to divorce

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Let’s protect marriage together.

Denmark legalized same-sex marriage in 1989. In ten years the marriage rate increased 10.7% and the divorce rate dropped 14%. In Norway, marriage up 12.8% and divorce went down 6%. In Sweden, marriage went up an astonishing 28.7% while divorce dropped 14%.



marriage statistics over ten years
since legalization of same-sex marriage
DenmarkNorwaySweden
Ten-year change in marriage rateup 10.7%up 12.8%up 28.7%
Ten-year change in divorce ratedown 14%down 6%down 14%


Anybody who says that same-sex marriage threatens heterosexual marriages is lying.

I wish you would help educate Californians about the facts surrounding marriage. Hate is taught, but so is fairness, compassion and freedom.

Sincerely,

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Today's letter - Dr. James Dobson is a liar, and sends hate mail to California addresses

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Dr. James Dobson’s latest campaign is titled “Dr. James Dobson offers encouragement to parents of teens.”

This is a lie.

Dr. James Dobson offers only a promise to parents that their children will be brutalized to suicide if they are perceived to be gay, and to gay parents that both they and their children are “deviant” and the cause of every American woe, from Hurricane Katrina to 9/11.

Dr. Dobson claims that heterosexual marriage rates have dropped in countries that allow same-sex couples to marry, and this is destroying civilization. In fact, Denmark’s marriage rate has increased 10.7% ten years after same-sex marriage became legal, 12.7% in Norway, 28.7% in Sweden. Over the same time, divorce dropped 14% in Denmark, 6% in Norway and 14% in Sweden. Dr. Dobson is a liar.

Dr. Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” ministry lies, and spreads those lies with hate mail that comes into my mailbox. If Focus on the Family were a company, they would be held accountable for the suicides they cause and the families that they destroy. If Focus on the Family were a company, they would be punished by our Attorney General for openly lying about the product they are selling.

Today’s mailing was selling magazines for teenagers that spread Dr. Dobson’s lies and hate. The harm they cause is undeniable. Hate is taught, and Dr. Dobson is teaching it.

Governor, I wish you would ask your Attorney General to investigate this organization and see if there is a way to get them to stop sending deceptive advertising to California’s mailboxes.

Thank you,

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Today's letter - what if we had to register our religion?

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

If we had a government registry for religion, what would it look like?

It would obviously require people to be a certain age, and only register once. Would it require a race, a gender, or a certain belief? Obviously not. Would it only have a few checkboxes? That would be silly. Not even our voter registration forms restrict choice or demand a specific affiliation.

The state does run a registry for marriage. Would you lease explain why same-sex domestic partners are prevented from participating in that registry?

Sincerely,

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Today's letter - our deity of choice

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Americans often celebrate their freedoms.

Why do we have the freedom to choose our deity, but not the freedom to choose our spouse?

Sincerely,

Monday, June 1, 2009

Today's letter - Pentecost is the celebration of one great church, and any real church welcomes all people

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger -

Yesterday was Pentecost, the fiftieth and last day of Easter in our church. It celebrates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles (one or more of whom was statistically likely to be gay.) “The people were amazed because each Apostle spoke in the native language of each of them.” Thus formed the “one church” doctrine summed up in Galatians 3:1 "...there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

Those who say that gay people are less worthy of marriage than straight people because of something in their Bible are committing the holy sin of dividing God’s family, as well as the most heinous of secular sins, using their own faith to deny freedom to others.

When these people come to you, Governor, asking you to support their agenda of bigotry and hatred, you are not obliged to treat them with the dignity or respect of a meeting, because they have deliberately and relentlessly denied those things to their neighbors.

Governor, I wish you would apologize for vetoing AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act that would have legalized gay marriage through the legislature. I wish you would speak out against those Opponents of Equality and their agenda of apartheid. I wish you would make the GOP get rid of Michael Steele so Republicans can be electable again.

Sincerely,