In it's "breaking news" today, the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper web site continues to tout the Democrats' quest to tout how a small minority of people can circumvent the wish of the large majority of Oregon voters. The occasion is the sneaking through of the Senate of Senate Bill2, the bill that will grant special rights to people based on behavior.
SALEM - Today, gay and lesbian Oregonians completed a quest - begun 34 years ago - when the Senate quickly, quietly and decisively passed a bill protecting them from discrimination in housing, work and public places.
Hmmm, so why all the sneaking around? Is it because the liberals know that they are going against the clearly stated wish of Oregon's voters?
"It is a good day for Oregon," said Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, who carried the bill to the floor this morning. "This is the last step in the legislative process. We just get better and better as a state the more inclusive we are."
With little debate and four members absent, the Senate voted 19-7 in favor of the anti-discrimination bill. Senate Bill 2 passed Tuesday in the House after two hours of debate. Gov. Ted Kulongoski has said he will sign the bill, which emerged from a task force he created last year.
Sen. Brad Avakian, D-Bethany, said that despite the lack of fanfare, there was lots of emotion on the Senate floor during the vote.
"To complete a struggle that has gone on for so long was a feeling of relief," he said, "and of satisfaction that Oregon is a better place today than it was yesterday."
That depends on who you are talking to. If you're talking about conservative Christians who will have to be "educated" about how homosexuality is perfectly normal and acceptable, it wasn't a good day. If you belong to a church or provate Christian school who will be forced to hire homosexuals against your moral objections, it is not a good day. Or even if you are one of the 57% of Oregon voters who passed Measure 36 in 2004, it is not a good day, because a small group of liberals decided that your vote didn't matter, it wasn't a good day.
Now here's something interesting to note.
Opponents, led by conservative Christians, could challenge the law by collecting signatures to send it as a referendum to the ballot in the November 2008 general election. If it is not challenged, the anti-discrimination law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2008.
The Fish Wrapper (just like the rest of the MSM) is very quick to apply labels when they want to denigrate someone. Here's a question; how many times in this article - or any other article, for that matter - do you see the "liberal" label applied anywhere? That label is conspiciously absent, isn't it? Maybe it's because they don't want to give liberalism a bad name, even though it constantly gives our society a bad name.
Finally, at the end they mention the real danger of the law.
The law bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, the workplace and public places such as restaurants and theaters. The law defines sexual orientation as "an individual's actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity."
The key word here is "perceived". Does anybody else see the danger in that? If you "discriminate" against someone's "perceived" homosexuality or gender identity, even if it is wrong, you can be taken to court and sued! For instance, take a man who "perceives" himself as a woman. What's to stop him from going into the women's restroom or locker room? He "perceives" himself as a woman. Isn't that all that matters?
This is a perfect example of the liberal mindset. There are no rules, no wrong or right, no morals. It's all about what I want, what I feel, what I perceive, regardless of the damage I do to families, morals, and society as a whole. And obviously, this is the mindset of the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper.