Ah, there’s nothing like hearing from the wingnutroots here in town. Email has been dribbling in from my fellow Bull City residents to the City Council. I imagine most people are writing in to thanking our city’s leadership for taking an affirmative stand for equality, but the naysayer stuff is just golden… and now part of the public record. Here are a few batsh*ttery ramblings from them, the first from the head of the Triangle Young Republicans.
From: Theodore Hicks
Sent: Tue 8/18/2009 10:54 PM
To: Council Members
Subject: Same-Sex Union Resolution
Dear Durham City Council Members,
A few moments ago, I learned that you have passed a resolution supporting same-sex unions. I am appalled! The state of North Carolina guides the discussion of marriage and as a result this resolution that you have passed is a meaningless gesture. And more importantly, a waste of time.
That being said, it does point out your priorities. By passing this resolution you are signaling that this is an important issue that you believe in. How about the crime rate in Durham? Do you think that is something you should focus on? Or what about the graduation rates? As of February 2007, the graduation rates of Durham High Schools were 82.6% for the Durham School of the Arts, 76.6% for Riverside High, 73.4% for Northern High, 66.4% for Hillside High, and an astounding 58.9% for Southern High. For all of the schools, there were a total of 1,537 graduates out of a total of 2,132 candidates – that works out to a graduation rate of 72.09%. That is the same as a failure rate of 27.91%. When I read that the Durham City Council is voting on a resolution to support same-sex marriage, I think about this pathetically low graduation rate and I wonder . . . shouldn’t the Durham City Council be spending more time on other issues . . . perhaps an issue on which they can have a stronger influence?
Furthermore, North Carolina is considered one of the states in the “Bible-Belt.” There are quite a few of us who believe in the inerrancy of the Word of God, and thus are very much opposed to the concept of same-sex unions. The Word of God is very clear. Same sex unions are despicable to God. If you doubt me, read your Bible.
To Ms. Cole-McFadden specifically,
On your Durham City Council webpage you list your membership in the West Durham Baptist Church. You even mention that you are the Sunday School Superintendent. My question to you is simple: How can you instruct Sunday School, or guide Sunday School instructors, if you, yourself have not read the Word of God? If you have read the Word of God, then I trust that you voted against this resolution? For surely, you would not argue with God? (“Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker” Isaiah 45:9) But I know that the council voted unanimously in favor of this resolution and as a result I question the sincerity of your faith.
To Mr. Woodard specifically,
You, too, list your membership in the St. Philips Episcopal Church. Surely, you voted against this measure? But no, the council voted unanimously. Are you not a Christian? Do you not stand up for what you believe in?
By way of this email, it is my intention that you be made aware that you are not serving your constituents with the passage of this resolution. You are merely attempting to serve yourselves by passing a meaningless resolution in an attempt to pander for votes based on what you believe to be popular opinion. I would urge you all to consult the Word of God and perhaps specifically, the book of Revelation, for example see Revelation 2:14-16. By way of passage of this resolution, you are condoning sexual immorality. This is not pleasing to God, whom you serve, whether you know it or not.
C. Theodore Hicks II
Chairman, Triangle West Young Republicans
OK. This is BS questioning the faith of council members when this resolution has nothing to do with religious marriage. Doesn’t Mr. Young Republican know the difference between religious and civil law? If this is the leadership of the future, no wonder the GOP is dying a slow death in this state. Below the fold, a man who’s so incensed that he says he’s putting his home on the market and not spending any more money in Durham. Look at this laff riot…
Sent: Tue 8/18/2009 8:26 PM
To: Council Members
Subject: Same- Sex Marriage Resolution
Dear Mayor Bell and Fellow City Council Members,
I moved to Durham in 1999 to attend graduate school at Duke University. After completing my degree I chose to remain here in Durham and make this area my home.
In the last few years I have become more disgruntled with how things are run in this city and have chosen to remain here and give you another chance.
I was very upset when you made Durham a Sanctuary City a few years ago. However, I chose to provide you another chance.
Then when the it was revealed by the News and Observer of the problems which exist in the Probation System here in Durham I became a little more concerned for my safety. I thought that maybe this article might help improve this situation but it didn’t. I will provide you with a personal example. There is a house in my neighborhood in which a young man lives in who deals drugs. He has been shot at several times and has been arrested both for possession and for having a gun while on probation and our great judicial system keeps letting him out. There are quite a few families who live in my neighborhood with young children and there are young children living at this house as well. I guess that you all will not do anything about this house until some innocent young child gets caught in the crossfire and is either injured or dies. Every time I discuss this issue with a local law enforcement officer I am told they are working on getting him out of this house and put behind bars but I don’t see any progress in this area.
However, after your actions last night at the City Council meeting where you and your fellow City Council members passed a unanimous resolution showing your support for same-sex marriage I find that I can no longer live in this City. I will be putting my house up for sale and until it sells I will no longer being making any purchases in your town. I will take my business elsewhere. If my house is not sold by the next election you can be assured that I will not vote for any of you who are up for re-election. I can not accept this type of resolution. It goes against my Christian beliefs and moral convictions.
Good luck unloading that house in this market, sucka. Buh-bye. And finally, this lovely missive!
From: John Wells
Sent: Tue 8/18/2009 8:42 PM
To: Council Members
Subject: Same-sex marriage resolution
Dear Durham County Council Members,
I must say that I am appalled that the seven of you would have the unconscionable audacity to pass a resolution presuming to speak for the entire populace of Durham County on such a controversial matter. Everywhere one looks today, governments at all levels are forgetting that they are elected “for and by the people” and are pushing their own agendas and doing what the small governing body thinks is right, with no clue as to whether they are representing the voice of thier constituents. We elected you to fight crime, economize government, and take actions to improve the well-being of the citizens of Durham, not waste tax payer’s money passing worthless resolutions that very likely might even misstate the majority view of your constituents on the subject at hand.
Sometimes I wonder what our nation will stand for – exactly where the breaking point is where we finally force the right things to be done. The right choices. Do we still have what it takes to make that happen? Do we have any more Rosa Parks’ in America? Any Dr. Kings? We live in a nation where our government’s founding documents formally recognize the supremacy not of the government, but of the people. Where government exists only by the consent of the governed. Wake up and be the arm of your people and stop ramming un-voted-for resolutions down our throats. If you had proposed a referendum on this and the majority of the over 250,000 citizens of Durham County had passed it, then you would have the approved power of the people to pass such a resolution. As it is now, you have abused your elected powers and the whole lot of you should be run out of office.
Ummm…why are these homophobes always talking about ramming things down throats? Just asking. I see that Mr. Wells approves of mob rule rather than representative government. Nice. Mr. Wells, take a look at the mess California is with its proposition system and it’s all one needs to know what happens when “the (under-informed) people” take to the ballot box to determine civil rights.
And as far as citing Rosa Parks and Dr. King, that’s audacity.