Don't Fund Strange Religious Beliefs That Promote The Destruction Of Marriage - And Response (2)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

City Council members, please do not fund strange religious beliefs that promote the destruction of marriage.

All actions ever taken by the Chattanooga City Council, or any other legislative body, are the religious beliefs of elected public officials who can be removed from office in an election and replaced by others who may legislate different religious beliefs. The religious power of the Chattanooga City Council is why the religious beliefs of our elected Council Members are important.

When voting for a candidate in an election, voters do so based on an expectation of what the candidate believes and how they expect the candidate to behave in office. So, if one or more Chattanooga City Council Members change their religious beliefs and consider legislating strange beliefs city voters will naturally pay attention.

A religious change now being considered by some Chattanooga City Council members would legislate the City giving married benefits to some, but not all, unmarried employees. The changed belief is promoted using “equal rights” terminology and even Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is quoted as saying, “I believe that everyone should be treated equally. We are examining the best ways for the city of Chattanooga to ensure the equal treatment of all our city employees.

But, the promoters of the modified beliefs, including the mayor, ignore the simple fact that the strange beliefs do not seek to treat all unmarried employees equally. Since “equality” is obviously not the issue, why modify the City’s beliefs on married benefits? The answer is a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with upholding marriage or equality. Using Chattanooga City taxes to fund marriage benefits for some but not all unmarried employees is a charade intended to mask the absence of both marriage and equality.

I call upon all Chattanooga City Council Members to be alert to the efforts of false prophets who say, “Equality. Equality” and then ask the Chattanooga City Council to legislate a strange belief that does not treat everyone equally while insulting the meaning of marriage. I call upon my fellow Chattanooga Tea Party members, and all citizens of Chattanooga, to oppose strange government beliefs that promote or fund the destruction of marriage. Contact your Chattanooga City Council Member to express your beliefs.

Donald O'Connor

Chattanooga Tea Party member 

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Huh? 

Just more gibberish being spewed from the Tea Baggers. 

Jimmy Harvey
Soddy Daisy 

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My wife and I are just scratching our heads on this. Just how will extending marriage benefits to gay couples married in other jurisdictions hurt our marriage again? Conservatives talk a good talk about wanting a less intrusive government, then turn around write a bunch laws all dealing with issues dealing with the most intimate of moments between two human beings. 

Oh yeah, the Republican house just voted to let your boss deny you contraceptive coverage at work. Way to go guys keeping people out of our private affairs.  And a great way to keep abortions down. 

The Know Nothing Party is alive and well. 

R. W. Young


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