Orders Mother to Stop Teaching
Daughter that Homosexuality is Wrong!
How did this Happen?
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal
than others." — Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Summary: A Colorado judge has ordered a mother who
converted to Christianity to stop teaching her son that
homosexuality is wrong. Utah officials like General Shurtleff
and Rep. Ferrin continue to deny the mounting evidence that
thought crimes and similar forms of legislation result in the
persecution of beliefs. Learn what you must do to prepare
for their upcoming assault on your family and religion.
1. Mother Told to Stop Teaching
Religious Beliefs to Daughter
2. "Group Rights" Objective: To Destroy
Families & Religious Freedom
Modern Anti-Family Elements Echo Marx’s
Thought Crimes Used to Prosecute
"Child Welfare" Statutes Used to Crush
3. AG Shurtleff & Rep. Ferrin:
Typical Leaders of Anti-Family Attacks
4. What Citizens Must Do to Defend
1. Mother Told to Stop Teaching
Religious Beliefs to Daughter
Cheryl Clark is a
former homosexual who lived with a female partner. She
converted to Christianity, left her homosexual partner, and
has since attempted to teach her daughter, Emma, that
homosexuality is wrong.
Ms. Clark was
ordered by Denver County Circuit Judge John Coughlin to:
that there is nothing in the religious upbringing or
teaching that the minor child is exposed to that can be
The judge also
punished Ms. Clark by awarding joint custody of Emma to her
former homosexual partner who has no legal relationship to the
Read the entire
story online: "Judge
to Christian mom: No 'homophobic' teaching," World Net
Daily, October 31, 2003.
"Group Rights" Objective: To Destroy Families & Religious
Karl Marx is the
modern author of the notion of "group rights," using them as a
tool to divide society into different classes and to destroy
family and traditional values. Marx abhorred the family unit
and wished to abolish it and replace it with a state apparatus
that would oversee the indoctrination of all children.Source:
The Communist Manifesto, particularly chapter two.
In contrast, the
Declaration of Independence claims that "all men are
created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable rights." Thomas Jefferson spoke in his
first inaugural address of "equal and exact justice to all
men, of whatever state or persuasion" and that if we ever
departed from this principle "in moments of error or alarm,
let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road
which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."
The rights of the
individual, regardless of his/her race, gender, or
affiliations are pre-eminent and should be vigorously defended
without regard to these characteristics. The blindfold of Lady
Justice (Justitia) represents impartiality and her scales
represent generality and uniformity. In America, Justice is
supposed to treat all victims and perpetrators equally. In
essence, this Marxian notion of "group rights" set men and
groups of men apart by their belief systems rather than by
their actions. If carried into law, it inevitably erodes
individual rights and protections.
Anti-Family Elements Echo Marx’s Battle Cry
of the homosexual political movement are determined to
undermine individual rights and have incorporated Marx’s
"group rights" recipe in order to attack those who refuse to
promote and embrace their lifestyle. They employ forceful
legislative mechanisms such as thought crimes and school
curriculum to establish their legitimacy and supremacy.
question below is taken from an
on-line survey sponsored by "Unity
Utah," the homosexual political action committee.(Note: We are aware that
many homosexuals do not concur with all aspects of this
militant agenda. See our additional note below on
homosexuality, special rights, and government force.)
"18. Although you may feel that
the following issues are equally important, please rate them
in order of importance.
[ ] Hate crime
legislation that specifically includes sexual orientation
[ ] Statewide protection from
discrimination in the workplace that specifically includes
[ ] Anti-bullying
legislation that protects youth from harassment
[ ] Legislation
to protect GLBT persons from discrimination in housing
[ ] Hospital
visitation rights for partners of GLBT relationships
[ ] The repeal of
Utah’s same-sex and opposite-sex sodomy laws for consenting
[ ] Partner
inheritance rights for all persons regardless of sexual
[ ] Legislation
that enables gay couples to adopt
[ ] Legislation
that provides the same rights and responsibilities to GLBT
couples as those enjoyed by non-GLBT couples"
2003 Progressive Agenda also highlights thought crimes
legislation as a priority, along with homosexual and
transgender anti-discrimination and deviant health and
sexuality education legislation.
Crimes Used to Prosecute Beliefs
Thought crimes is
an attempt to segregate victims into classes and attempt to
punish politically incorrect thoughts by perpetrators. It
creates enhanced penalties for defendants who select their
victim because of some "bias or prejudice" against a group or
class of people.
flier Accountability Utah shared with Republican
delegates in Utah County in April 2003, we pointed out that
thought crimes legislation is increasingly used to attack
beliefs and expression. In countries like Canada and Great
Britain, for example, the government has criminally prosecuted
people who speak out against homosexual behavior.
During a debate
on thought crimes legislation sponsored by Utah County
citizens (in Rep. Jim Ferrin’s district), Richard Wilkins,
Professor of Law, at the BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School, and
Frank Guliuzza, Professor of Political Science at Weber State,
cited many other examples of how "group rights" legislation
has been used to persecute beliefs and expression. Utah
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was on hand to hear this
testimony, yet he continues to be a leading supporter of the
"group rights" agenda.
information on thought crimes and the philosophy behind it,
alert dated February 24, 2003 and the
Thought Crimes section of our Issues & Alerts page.
Welfare" Statutes Used to Crush Families
zealots utilize other legislative tools to promote "group
rights," particularly in the realm of child welfare. Since
they can’t beat the family, they aim to destroy the family.
Loose statutory definitions of "emotional abuse and neglect,"
for instance, are used and expanded by deviant judges to grant
special rights and status to certain groups of people—and to
silence dissent in the form of free thought and speech.
Cheryl Clark and
her daughter Emma are the latest victims of government
officials who use their positions to persecute certain beliefs
and expression and to forcibly expose children to deviant
legislative trends are allowed to continue, more families who
choose to teach their children that deviant lifestyles are
unhealthy or wrong, will lose their children to corrupt state
agencies and judges. For more information on this avenue of
attack, see our alert, "Utah
Legislature Declares War on Your Family!"
3. AG Shurtleff & Rep. Ferrin: Typical Leaders of Anti-Family
anger and chastisement, willing accomplices like General
Shurtleff and Representative Jim Ferrin continue to ardently
pursue the "group rights" agenda. Last year, these supposed
Republicans vigorously pushed
House Bill 85, sponsored by Democrat Rep. David Litvack,
designed to allow courts to punish thought and to set some
victims above others. Notice the trademark "group rights"
aspect of the bill:
the race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation,
national origin, ancestry, age, or gender of any individual
or group of persons..."
information on this bill, see "'Hate
Crimes' Legislation Results in Problems, Not Solutions,"
and also our
February 24, 2003 alert on the bill.
heavy constituent attacks, General Shurtleff, proclaimed in
his piece, "We Hold These Truths... A ‘Hate Crimes’ Primer":
"Many people have asked me why, given my Republican
political philosophy and religious beliefs, I could support
including a ‘protection for sexual orientation.’ They claim
supporters of this bill are motivated by the ‘militant gay
rights movement,’ and this is just a step in their plan to
obtain special rights or status... HB 85 does not create any
legal right or status based on sexual orientation.
Therefore, I do not see this as any kind of ‘slippery slope’
to an official recognition of the gay lifestyle."
has also been a key player in attacking families through child
welfare laws and the Department of Child and Family Services.
In the recent Parker Jensen case,
his office wrote a letter to the reputable Burzynski
Clinic, ordering them to deny Parker any treatment. Shurtleff
has consistently opposed due process protections for innocent
parents, such as trials by jury, tightening the definitions of
abuse and neglect, and prosecuting government employees who
abuse families. Shurtleff is harboring employees in his own
Assistant Attorney Paul Amann, who have horribly abused
families and children.
Rep. Jim Ferrin,
Republican co-sponsor of House Bill 85 also attempted to deny
the obvious in his piece, "Why I support H.B. 85—Hate Crime
Amendments," dated February 21, 2003:
"I reject that H.B. 85 advances or is an attempt to
advance a homosexual political agenda."
Rep. Ferrin and other supporters of thought crimes legislation
continue to deny the
stated, public agenda of a militant
element of the homosexual movement, the
and evidence repeatedly brought forward by concerned citizens.
What Citizens Must Do to Defend Themselves
needs to get serious about protecting families, religious
beliefs, and expression. That will only happen if you demand
it. Here are a few things citizens should begin to do now:
this article to your family, friends, and associates. Let them
know that their freedom to worship, believe, raise their
children, and be treated equally under the law are in jeopardy
if they do not take action.
your legislator and tell him to fight for families by, among
other things, passing due process protections for families and
to defeat any legislation that attempts to establish special
group rights, including thought crimes legislation.
To find your
senator and representative, visit our
elected official contact page. For additional ideas on
necessary reforms to protect innocent parents, see our
parental rights reform ideas. To learn how your
representative voted on HB 85, "Hate Crimes Amendments," see
updated 2003 Legislative Performance Report.
Gen. Shurtleff and Rep. Jim Ferrin and demand that they
withdraw their support of thought crimes legislation. Tell
them that you value your freedoms and do not want to see them
be eroded through such schemes.
Attorney General Mark
Representative Jim Ferrin:
Main number: (801) 538-9600
Home: (801) 224-6823
Main fax: (801) 538-1121
Work: (801) 224-9867
Fax: (801) 235-9122
seriously about running for office and encourage your friends
with strong values and integrity to do likewise. It is AU’s
sad experience that many officials are callous, arrogant, and
unwilling to represent innocent families. Decent people need
to challenge them and let all officials know that bad behavior
To view which
legislative offices are up for re-election and the
requirements to run,
click here. For additional motivation, see our
Legislative Performance Report. Note that the filing
deadline is March 17, 2004, in the state elections office or
county clerk's office.
Note: If it seems a
daunting task, remember that AU and other organizations will
continue to be a resource to help citizens govern wisely.
Most officials do not utilize these kinds of resources and
have a much harder time making wise choices.
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Accountability Utah is not particularly interested in the
private sexual practices of consenting adults, be they normal
or deviant. We become very interested, however, when groups
(or sub-groups) attempt to use government to force their
beliefs on others and to obtain special rights and
dispensations that others do not have.
It is the sole
right and responsibility of parents to teach their children
about sexuality and parents should fulfill their
responsibility privately—without using government force or
settings. Discussing sexuality can be awkward and even
difficult, and some parents may indeed fail to pass on ideal
virtues and teachings to their children. But empowering the
government to assume the role of parent is to invite extreme
agendas from all sides to battle for the chance of forcing
their beliefs on others. These types of educational battles are
best left in the hands of private individuals or
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