Lab News/East Coast

From: Jeff Kreines (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jun 10 2006 - 05:16:03 PDT

Well, Yale Labs in LA seems to have an East-coast fellow-traveler...

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> From: Martin McCaffery <email suppressed>
> Date: June 9, 2006 9:33:42 PM CDT
> To: email suppressed
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the same argument made to keep
> from serving black folks at lunch counters? Which I'm pretty sure
> Falwell supported then, so at least he is consistent.
>> Insider weekly newsletter to The Moral Majority Coalition and
>> The Liberty Alliance
>> From: Jerry Falwell
>> Date: June 9, 2006
>> Workplace Religious Beliefs Deemed Invalid
>> A businessman in Arlington, Va., is facing a thorny challenge
>> after he made a workplace decision based on his Christian
>> beliefs. The problem: the man's action has angered a homosexual
>> activist who is making an issue of his decision.
>> In fact, this week, a suit was filed in Arlington (Va.) Circuit
>> Court on behalf of businessman Tim Bono and his Bono Film and
>> Video, Inc.
>> Here's what brought about the need for the suit: a lesbian
>> activist named Lilli M. Vincenz asked Mr. Bono to duplicate two
>> documentaries titled, "Gay and Proud" and "Second Largest
>> Minority." When Mr. Bono informed Ms. Vincenz that his company
>> does not duplicate material that is obscene, that might embarrass
>> employees or that runs counter to his Christian and ethical
>> values, Ms. Vincenz took offense. She quickly filed a complaint
>> with the Arlington County Human Rights Commission under the
>> county's nondiscrimination ordinance, which includes "sexual
>> orientation."
>> She found a sympathetic panel.
>> In April, the commission directed Mr. Bono to "provide the
>> requested duplication service at the complainant's expense or in
>> the alternative to assist the complainant in locating a suitable
>> facility where this service can be provided at the Bono Film and
>> Video's expense."
>> Apparently one's religious views must be confined to the home and
>> at church, because the commission essentially said that Mr. Bono's
>> religious beliefs - in his own place of business - were infringing
>> on the rights of an individual.
>> The lawsuit, filed by Liberty Counsel on behalf of Mr. Bono,
>> challenges the authority of the commission to order him to provide
>> a service that counters his sincerely-held beliefs.
>> The suit alleges violations of Mr. Bono's freedom of speech, free
>> exercise of religion and sections 12 and 16 of the Virginia
>> Constitution. Further, Liberty Counsel says the state's "Dillon's
>> Rule" prohibits local governments from passing or enforcing
>> nondiscrimination laws that are not authorized by the state. (The
>> state does not list "sexual orientation" as a protected civil
>> right or class.)
>> Erik Stanley, chief counsel of Liberty Counsel, stated: "As a
>> newspaper is not required to run every proposed ad, so a
>> duplicator or printer is not obligated to reproduce every proposed
>> copy. Mr. Bono does not have to reproduce a customer's hate
>> speech, obscenity or pornography, nor may a customer hijack Mr.
>> Bono's business and force him to promote a homosexual agenda.
>> Since the state of Virginia does not recognize 'sexual
>> orientation' as a civil right, neither."
>> I see this as a very important case.
>> Should Mr. Bono lose his right to decide what takes place in his
>> own business, I wonder where this could end. Could Christian
>> schools lose the right to determine that only Christians may serve
>> as teachers and staff members? Could Christian churches be
>> compelled to hire homosexuals as Sunday school teachers even
>> though homosexuality is proscribed in the Bible? Could religious
>> schools that make use of federal education dollars be penalized if
>> they do not hire homosexual staff members?
>> I'm sure critics will say these are ludicrous propositions, but I
>> see them as legitimate concerns. Our nation has become so
>> politically correct and obsessed with "diversity" and
>> "multiculturalism" that the core values that defined America for
>> decades have now become offensive to many. When one considers how
>> the Ten Commandments, our nation's motto and the Pledge of
>> Allegiance have come under attack, it is not farfetched to foresee
>> America's pulpits becoming the next target of secularist forces.
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