Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fitchburg City Councilor Kevin Starr: "No place" for pro-life views

As reported in the Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg City Councilor Kevin Starr, speaking of pro-life Christians who oppose Planned Parenthood opening an office in the city and who wish to express their views to local government, has said that he "will not tolerate those morals" and that "there's no place for those discussions to take place in here" [City Council meetings]. See here.

The United States Supreme Court, in its Opinion in Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District (June 7, 1993), said that, 'The principle that has emerged from our cases is that the First Amendment forbids the government to regulate speech in ways that favor some viewpoints or ideas at the expense of others." And yet, Fitchburg City government appears to be doing just that as Catholic blogger JayG reports here.
Related reading: Mayor Wong and recycling.


Michelle said...

In my opinion, Kevin Starr's attitude toward Christians and pro-lifers is arrogant. And the City of Fitchburg has engaged in unconstitutional behavior in an attempt to favor Planned Parenthood.

Ellen Wironken said...

Mr. Starr's attitude is typical of the modern liberal. As Robert Bork put it, "Modern liberals try to frighten Americans by saying that religious conservatives 'want to impose their morality on others.' That is palpable foolishness. All participants in politics want to 'impose' on others as much of their morality as possible, and no group is more insistent on that than the liberals. Religious conservatives are not authoritarian. To the degree they have their way, it will be through democratic processes. The culture would then resemble the better aspects of the 1950s; and that would be cause for rejoicing."

Mr. Starr and other members of the Fitchburg City Council are attempting to impose their morality on the people of Fitchburg through deceptive tactics.

Ann Duclos said...

I call upon Councilor Kevin Starr to do the honorable thing and either apologize or resign from office. He has brought shame to the City of Fitchburg and to the process of democratic government.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

And this from Mass Resistance:

Mass. Senate to vote on draconian bill to punish criticism of homosexuality with fine & jail term. Sneaked language into unrelated school "anti-bullying" bill. Apparently aimed at MassResistance!

Massachusetts may be on the verge being another "first" in America which could spread to other states.

On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate votes on a bill containing draconian language that would criminalize criticism of homosexuality published on Web sites and other media with fines of up to a thousand dollars and imprisonment...

The bill would write following into the Massachusetts General Laws:

"Whoever publishes any false material whether written, printed, electronic, televised, or broadcast with intent to maliciously promote hatred of any group of persons in the commonwealth because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, or disability shall be guilty of libel and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both."

This is very extreme. Similar laws have been used in Canada and other countries to snuff out critical reporting on the homosexual movement and severely prosecute offenders. Note that the word "hatred" is not defined and is thus completely subjective. And "false material" lays the burden of proof on the accused, under the judgment of a court or tribunal. So even the threat of a long, expensive trial is enough to silence just about everyone.

The strategy of labeling of people with traditional values as "haters" (or "hate groups") and their reasoned arguments (or normal reactions to blatant perversion) as "hatred" is offensive and detestable. But the Massachusetts Legislature seems to have no problem with that..."

See the full article at Mass Resistance.

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