Sunday, November 1, 2009

Maine Group says "no tolerance for dissent" | The News is

Maine Group says "no tolerance for dissent" | The News is

Maine Called 'Bellwether' State as conflict swirls around QUESTION ONE, to be voted on Tuesday, November 3. The nation watches Maine, not for what we are, but for what we may be. . . .

The story of Don Mendell illustrates exactly what happens when the gay agenda conflicts with freedom. There is no tolerance for dissent. ~Stand for Marriage, Maine

A group called Stand For Marriage in the state of Maine is claiming that within the gay marriage movement, "there is no tolerance for dissent", and no respect for difference of ideology and opinion. They claim that Maine has become the "bellwether" state: That which shows the way national winds are blowing, and what will be.

Because of the treatment of one of it's members, and the likening of those who feel, as free Americans, that they have the right to vote 'Yes' on Question One (which will give gays rights in all except marriage) and not be depicted as Ku Klux Klan members (see picture above left), the group believes that dissent is no longer tolerated as democracy demands.


“I want to alert you to a disturbing development that confirms what we have been saying about the larger threat that redefining marriage poses to every Mainer.

“Don Mendell, one of our spokesmen who appeared in a television ad for Stand for Marriage Maine, has come under attack by our opponents.

“Don is a high school guidance counselor and licensed social worker. His appearance in the television ad prompted a complaint to the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation – requesting that his license to practice social work in the state of Maine be stripped away – simply because of his personal opinion on marriage.

“It is ironic that those who claim tolerance as their highest value prove themselves to be so intolerant that they would go so far as to threaten a father’s career and put his family’s future at risk. This latest attack highlights the true agenda of those who demand that marriage be redefined.

“No one who opposes Question 1 is in similar danger from those who support marriage between one man and one woman.

“Our opponents want to shut us down. We have no interest in limiting free speech and threatening the right of conscience for those who disagree. So who’s really intolerant?

“This attack proves that a “YES” vote next Tuesday is about much more than protecting marriage. It is also about preserving free speech, religious liberty and right of conscience and about what is taught to children.

“This threat to Don and his family’s livelihood is proof that those who demand marriage be redefined seek to punish and silence those who disagree.

“It is our hope that the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation dismisses this complaint for what it is – nonsense. The Alliance Defense Fund – a legal alliance of attorneys committed to defending the right of people to freely live out their faith – is considering potential action on behalf of Don’s fundamental liberties.

“If the people of Maine vote Yes on Question 1 to protect marriage, we have hope that free speech and religious liberty will be respected. If marriage is not protected, Don will only be the first victim.

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