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New GDPR Production Premiering: Grateful Dread’s Potpourri

Every Thursday at 9am and Sunday at 11pm Eastern time, join us for GRATEFUL DREAD’S POTPOURRI, an hour-long foray into progressive news, activism info, and music that you won’t find in mainstream media. Our inaugural episode premieres tomorrow, April 7 at 9am during AM Chai… It includes an interview with Baltimore-based sound artist WOODY LISSAUER, whose newest LP, Adventures and Misadventures in Loveland is a treasure! Woody will perform April 8 at New York’s Cafe Vivaldi and April 9 at Cafe Cielo. Listen and hear what this gifted, innovative artist has to say through words and music.

Again, don’t miss GRATEFUL DREAD’S POTPOURRI each and every Thursday morning and Sunday night on Grateful Dread Public Radio, the progressive-peace radio voice of Summit, NJ. In fact, listen now!

 

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Californians Against Hate Target Northeast US

This release comes from my friend Fred Karger in CA:

Designed to counter the commercial released last week by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) “A Gathering Storm,” Californians Against Hate will launch its own advertising campaign beginning tomorrow in: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maine. 
“We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) established the National Organization for Marriage as its front group in order to qualify Proposition 8 for ballot last year in California,” said Fred Karger, Founder of Californians Against Hate. “After spending several million dollars in California, NOM recently moved into 7 Northeast States considering marriage equality. 

They lost in Vermont on April 7th, when the Legislature voted to override Governor Jim Douglas’ veto the very next day. Vermont became the 4th state in the nation to allow same-sex couples the right to marry. 

NOM was very active in Vermont, paying for a massive advertising campaign, including radio, direct mail and robo-calling everyone in the state with a recorded message. Political experts think that their heavy–handed tactics backfired, and they lost because of it. Now NOM is charging into 6 more Northeast states. 

So today, April 18th, on the 234th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride from Boston to Lexington, we will begin our online advertising campaign. Our ad harkens back to 1775 when a brave Paul Revere rode his horse to warn of the attack by the British. We wrote our own version of Longfellow’s famous poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” entitled, “The Mormons are Coming, The Mormons are Coming!” It’s easy to find and enjoy. 

“Our modern day Paul Revere is warning of TV commercials (using bad actors trying to play real people), radio ads, and robo–calls — all full of deceit and lies,” said Fred Karger. “Their ads are fueled by millions of dollars, which we believe comes primarily from the Mormon Church and its members. They set up NOM as a front group in California in the summer of 2007 to qualify Proposition 8 for the ballot, after 2 previous attempts to put a Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage before the voters failed in 2006. We are very familiar with the National Organization for Marriage and its president, Maggie Gallagher. We sparred with them a lot in last year in California.” 

“The ad that we are running is meant to be strong, but lighthearted, “added Karger. “We want all fair-minded people to know who is behind NOM’s effort to stop equal rights. We will continue to pound away at this front group until everyone knows exactly who is behind the creation of the National Organization for Marriage.”

The Mormon Church has been fighting same-sex marriage this way since 1995, when it set up Hawaii’s Future Today to fight gay marriage in that state. Mormon Church documents that we received recently show just how the Church operates. To see these documents go to our web site:http://mormongate.com/document1.html

For the full text of the banner ads and accompanying poem, please visit our web site: http://mormongate.com/

UK’s Telegraph Says the Religious Wrong Concedes Cultural War

Interesting perspective of the US war between Left and Right from across the pond: Just remember that whatever right-wing leaders say,  the struggle continues. Frankly, I suspect this “concession” is merely a “poor, poor pitiful me” approach to re-gaining momentum and support. Even if our opponents appear to be easing up or throwing towels, keep doing your part for justice. We haven’t won until everyone is equal under law.

Leading evangelicals have admitted that their association with George W. Bush has not only hurt the cause of social conservatives but contributed to the failure of the key objectives of their 30-year struggle.

James Dobson, 72, who resigned recently as head of Focus on the Family – one of the largest Christian groups in the country – and once denounced the Harry Potter books as witchcraft, acknowledged the dramatic reverse for the religious Right in a farewell speech to staff. …

“We are awash in evil and the battle is still to be waged. We are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say we have lost all those battles.”

Despite changing the political agenda for a generation, and helping push the Republicans to the Right, evangelicals have won only minor victories in limiting the availability of abortion. Meanwhile the number of states permitting civil partnerships between homosexuals is rising, and the campaign to restore prayer to schools after 40 years – a decision that helped create the Moral Majority – has got nowhere.

Though the struggle will go on, the confession of Mr Dobson, who started his ministry from scratch in 1977, came amid growing concern that church attendance in the United States is heading the way of Britain, where no more than ten per cent worship every week.

Unease is rising that a nation founded – in the view of evangelicals – purely as a Christian country will soon, like northern Europe, become “post-Christian”.

via Telegraph (UK):  US religious Right concedes defeat

Another view from Politico:

…[S]ome social conservatives believe they are on the verge of a new awakening on the political front — one driven by grass-roots activists, disdain for the Obama administration and viral Internet campaigns rather than reliance on their political leaders in Washington. 

“The more Democrats push on these issues, the more they face a backlash,” said Keith Appell, a Republican public relations strategist who has represented a wide range of conservative groups, including Concerned Women for America. “The conservative base is itching for a fight.” 

But as social conservatives try to regain their leverage on gay marriage, gun control or immigration, they risk accusations of being politically tone deaf for pushing such issues while the U.S. economy remains in a crisis. When people are more worried about health care, job security and cratering 401ks, heated debate over who’s allowed to marry whom may seem out of touch. 

“I think most people want relief from the divisive debates of the culture wars,” said Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign and GOP consultant. “Given the economic hardships most are facing, they probably view these arguments as old, irrelevant and a distraction. That said, I’m sure the cultural warriors are putting on their war paint and banging the tom-toms.”

via Politico:  Gays, Guns Put Right on Defense

UCC Celebrates Iowa & Marriage Equality

As the debate over civil marriage equality in Iowa, California, New York, and New England continues, remember this: A growing number of churches — even Christian churches — are standing alongside the notion of legal equality for GLBT people. One needn’t approve of gay people to be able to understand the need for fairness under civil law. I believe it’s WJWD…

United Church of Christ leaders are hailing a unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to reject the state’s ban on same-gender marriage as unconstitutional. Iowa now joins Massachusetts and Connecticut in becoming the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

“Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa are three states whose cultures were shaped profoundly by the Congregational experience,” said the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president. “I can’t help but believe and affirm that there is a connection at work here.”

The United Church of Christ has 179 local churches in Iowa, and Grinnell College – one of state’s most prominent liberal arts schools – is historically related to the denomination.

“Words can hardly express how delighted and relieved I am for same sex couples in Iowa – more than a few of whom are my friends – for whom the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling is a gift,” said the Rev. Rich Pleva, UCC Iowa Conference Minister. “I’m also aware that the people and churches of the Iowa Conference are not of one mind on this issue. This is a time to underscore and affirm our covenant to being of one heart and one body, even at times when we may not agree.”

via UCC.org:  Leaders hail Iowa court decision legalizing gay marriage.

NY State May Wait for Marriage Equality Bid

As always, political concerns trump doing what’s right. Our story centers around the New York State Senate and partisan battling…

More details have emerged about what, exactly, Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith had to give up to the Gang of Three in order to get them to agree to support him as leader of the Democratic majority conference when the Senate reconvenes in January. 

… A bill to legalize same-sex marriage will not be brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote this year. Smith will announce that he does not believe the measure has sufficient votes to pass – a statement that is at this point undoubtedly true, although it’s unclear how long that will last if, as Democrats are hoping, the prospect of being in the minority leads to mass GOP retirements. 

via NY Daily News:  Details Of A Leadership Deal

Prop 8: Join the Impact – New York & Dallas, TX

Let the Voter Disenfranchisement Begin…

Found this story, dated 9/30 at Brad Blog and this is serious stuff. Please, if you’re not registered to vote, get to it. If you are registered, make sure you are still on the rolls. Get it done before someone takes your vote. As CBS reported last week, in 19 states, including Maryland, the purge of voters is under way.

[The Sept. 30] CBS Evening News finally covered what may well be the November Surprise that we’ve been trying to warn about for monthshere at The BRAD BLOG: Massive voter roll purges being done in secret, with little or no oversight, and often under federal Justice Department cover, in states and counties around the country.

And the Democrats, who likely have the most to lose via such secret purges, are doing little or nothing about it.

The CBS story, posted below (appx 2 mins) starts with an elderly New Jersey voter who was suddenly removed from the voting rolls after thirty years, for apparently no reason whatsoever, before launching into findings from a new non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice study on “Voter Purges”.

We’ve yet to read this Brennan report, but the brief coverage from tonight’s Evening News notes 10,000 voters purged in Mississippi, 21,000 in Louisiana and “to top it off, another new study discovered 19 states are ignoring federal law (the National Voter Registration Act), banning systematic purges within 90 days of a federal election.”

Among those 19 are a number of battleground states. The report lists: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Masachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington, as places where massive purges have recently taken place.

CBS ends by noting that their New Jersey voter has now been restored to the rolls, but they warn, “come Election Day, don’t count on thousands of others being as fortunate”…

In other words, get to it. Rock the Vote can help get you registered and to verify your current registration. Time is of the essence. Voter deadlines are coming up fast.

New Study Details Massive Voter Roll Purges