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03/16/2010

Ya know, because why shouldn't state legislatures act like anti-gay culture warriors?

by Jeremy Hooper

You know that Manhattan Declaration, the unabashedly anti-gay, exclusively evangelical document that publicly touts signatures from folks like Scott "the gay movement is a nuclear bomb" Lively, someone who's getting growing (and more eye-opening) attention for his belief that the Uganda "kill gays" bill is a "step in the right direction"; from Andrea Lafferty and Lou Sheldon of the Southern Poverty Law Center "hate group" the Traditional Values Coalition; from Peter Akinola, a man who says "homosexuality does violence to nature"; and from Rev. Emmanuel Musaba Kolini, who has referred to homosexuality as "moral genocide"? Yea, well what if we told you that a certain state legislature has adopted by voice vote a resolution to "recognize and honor the efforts" of this particular document? Would it make you angry that a elected body of civil government was getting in bed with this nothing-if-not-controversial religious effort?

Well here's your chance to form an opinion, because that is exactly what just happened in the Kentucky House of Representatives! Here's the text of the resolution, which had 45 co-sponsors (out of the 100 total state reps):


KY Manhattan Declaration resolution

But don't worry, KY gays -- your elected reps didn't just vote against you. Just your evil "lifestyle" and "militant agenda"

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Your thoughts

It seems like an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state; they cite a document written "in obedience to God and His revelation in Christ" and then wishes "great success" for those who "advocate for truth". This goes beyond the standard civic proclamation whereby all sorts of people and organizations are recognized for their activities, and actually proclaims an explicitly religious message as "truth", which is not something a legislature ought to be doing in the name of all the people of the state.

Posted by: Dan T. | Mar 16, 2010 10:18:55 AM

Yea, it's simply unbelievably, Dan. And with 45 co-sponsors, no less!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 16, 2010 10:53:35 AM

Did they even consider the Astroglide Manhattan Declaration?

Barbara Walters prefers it.

Posted by: Evan Hurst | Mar 16, 2010 11:02:35 AM

Just curious why you didn't pick up (or on) Ron Prentice at all. Maybe I'm mistaken but doesn't he have something to do with Prentice-Hall? A company that publishes text books......

.......I think that there was a to do in Texas over it.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 16, 2010 12:18:13 PM

Jen: Did you mean to post this on the other post (the courts one with the Prentice video)?

Either way, I don't think Ron Prentice is affiliated with Prentice-Hall. I've certainly never heard that.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 16, 2010 12:39:15 PM

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