By Elizabeth O’Brien
SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At a hearing on July 17, the Mayor and City Council unanimously declared July 2007 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month in the City of San Diego.
Despite the organized efforts of approximately 40 people who protested at the meeting, the city council unanimously voted in favor of the recent bill proposal by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Scott Peters, and lesbian council member Toni Atkins.
During the hearing, Council President Scott Peters gave an unfair time advantage to homosexual representatives, the James Hartline Report (JHR) alleges. Each side of the debate was supposed to have 15 minutes speaking time. Former homosexual activist James Hartline was only allowed to speak for 5 minutes and 2 seconds by the clock, with Peters claiming that Hartline had used up the full amount. In addition, while many homosexual advocates were called on to speak, none of the opposition members were called upon until Peters was challenged on this point.
Priscilla Schreiber, President of Grossmont Unified High School District, told the council, "How can you betray this city’s Christian heritage by voting every year for an event that destroys our youth?" She continued, "How can you honor an organization that has a history of hiring pedophiles?" Looking directly at Councilman Brian Maienschein, Schreiber stated, "Councilman Maienschein, I stood with you at the foot of the Mt. Soledad Cross. I ask you to search your soul as to what you have become. Why are you betraying your previously professed Christianity for a political agenda that is destroying our kids?"
Schreiber told LifeSiteNews.com that the homosexual movement, influenced by Hollywood and backed by huge amounts of money, relentlessly pushes forward new bills, about 25 each year. "They’re going to rewrite our text-books and come down against the Church," Schreiber continued. "The new bills push homosexuality in businesses, churches, through freedom of speech…across the board."
Schreiber further explained to LifeSiteNews.com, "The Christian conservative movement goes out for a battle then goes home. This movement never goes home. They relentlessly try to cram new legislation down our throats. Even in the Church people are being led away by the idea, ‘just let them live their lives’. The passivity is gut-wrenching. Young families don’t care what their kids are getting exposed to."
Although homosexuals are the minority, she continued, "What I would say is that they are winning the battle of influence. Politicians have been told ‘don’t go there if you want to save your political status’. They just compromise and start protecting what’s political correctness."
Although the Republican Party platform includes support for the traditional definition of marriage, all three of the Republican council members voted in favor of Gay Pride Month.
Cindy Seiger, Director of Concerned Women for America’s Southern Counties, who was also present at the hearing, sent this statement to LifeSiteNews.com: "Contrary to the use of familiar mantras like "hate", "bigotry" and "intolerance" by ‘Pride’ supporters, the Christian community is none of these. Our desire would be for homosexuals to understand that their validation does not come from a weekend (or month) of sexually-charged events. It comes from a Creator who loves them and wants them to live as He designed them to live. The real issue is what we will accept as appropriate public conduct in our community and what we will accept as beneficial to our society and our children."
Read previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
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