Prop 8: How They Did It… “Oh, My God, George!” ***

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***Sandy Dennis in the film The Out of Towners

 

 

According to its own website, “Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the legal support they need.”

Uh huh. And “we” are the Royal Family. 

As part of what, presumably, is their gesture on behalf of “other civil liberties,” the president of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Pacific Justice Institute, Brad W. Dacus, used the non-profit’s web site to publicize and promote various issues related to Proposition 8—more specifically, to advance its passage. The non-profit organization’s website had urged supporters of Prop 8 to boycott Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which had given two large financial contributions to No on Prop 8.

On another area of the website of this non-profit 501(c)(3) Pacific Justice Institute, Dacus is quoted as saying:

“If this trend continues, unions, utilities and companies opposing traditional marriage will hopefully realize that they cannot expect to reap windfalls from Californians while actively undermining their values.”


Proponents of Prop 8 were urged to visit another website and download information to switch from PG&;E to another supplier. A visit to the NoToPGE site, we find this statement:

“Just a few months ago, the CA Supreme Court breached the trust of California’s voters and decided to rule that marriage is no longer only a union between a man and a woman. Similarly, PG&E breached the trust of its customers and has recently given $250,000 to oppose Proposition 8, an initiative to amend the California Constitution to once again define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Seldom do consumers have the opportunity to send such a loud message to be heard by so many! Stand up for marriage….stand down PG&E!”

And, this statement:

 “More than 5,000 customers of PG&E have now visited NOtoPGE and downloaded information to switch to a natural gas supplier which supports traditional marriage. This option is available not only for residential users, but also for churches and businesses.”

And then, we found this statement:

“Thank you for your interest in our alternative preferred supplier, Tiger Natural Gas, Inc. as a potential natural gas supplier to your residence. Tiger was founded in 1991 and has over 333 years of collective experience in all areas of the natural gas business. This vast, in-depth knowledge allows Tiger to provide the highest level of service and support to their customers and has established their solid reputation through applying the basic principles of integrity, honesty and reliable customer service.”

Out of all natural gas joints in all the little burgs in all of Oklahoma, they found this one? Let’s see if we can figure out why.

Tiger Natural Gas is a privately owned company that got its start with a series of helpful gestures from the SBA, utilizing the government-sponsored HUB zone Programs (Historically Underutilized Business zones). Hitting on two of the multiple disadvantaged groups in this country, its founder was a woman, of Indian descent. Lori Burris Johnson founded the company, named after her mother, a Creek Indian, on biblical principles. According to the Tiger company brochures, she is proud of that. During any company crisis, the Tiger brochure says, the business falls back on the Bible scripture. The phones switch to recordings, someone locks the doors, and the employees meet for prayer. “We’ve done that a number of times,” Johnson says.

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According to the Tiger Company brochure, the company works mainly with the government. Other research indicates that local, state, and federal government entities have awarded Tiger contracts, awards, certifications and official commendations. Interestingly, since the passage of Proposition 8, the company has changed its website, and a “company brochure” that was there prior to Prop. 8 is no longer on the site under “marketing materials.” But  elsewhere on the site, the following statement elucidates the government interactions with Tiger:

“Tiger possesses certifications with the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone Program, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council, TERO Cherokee Nation and the United States Department of Interior.”

The following press release showed up after the election on the non-profit 501(c)(3) Pacific Justice Institute site:

“With nearly all the votes counted, California voters passed Proposition 8. The proposition amends the California Constitution so that “[o]nly a marriage between a man and woman is valid and recognized in California.” Nonetheless, both sides in the matter know that the struggle over the defense of the traditional family is far from over. “There will most assuredly be an attempt to prevent the enforcement of Proposition 8 by opponents of traditional marriage,” said attorney Karen Milam from PJI’s southern California office. “We intend to play an active role in any such attempts to once again skirt the voice of California’s voters. Pro-family forces are also already working on preparing another initiative that will give parents greater rights in protecting their children from controversial instruction relating to sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Brad Dacus added:

“The passage of Prop. 8 is simply the first battle in protecting the rights of parents who do not wish to have their children indoctrinated to accept life-styles that violate their convictions or faith. We at PJI will be working hard with others to make sure such parental rights protections are achieved for every family in California,” he further stated.”

Mr. Dacus takes to preaching naturally, it seems. According to the calender on the PJI site, in November 2008, he was slated tp preach at the United Methodist Church in Antioch, Ca., he was a scheduled guest speaker at the Northern California Regional Meeting-Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International (Castlepoint Ministries Lucerne Christian Conference) in Lucerne, Ca., and he was on the roster to preach at the Calvary Chapel in Upland, Ca.

In another area of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Pacific Justice Institute site, under “Articles,” there is an “article,” which sounds awfully much like a letter that urges voters to contact Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The headline on this “article” says:

“We need Governor Schwarzenegger to VETO SEVERAL IMMORAL, ANTI-FAMILY BILLS!”

The article then goes on to urge voters to read the brief description of the bills that are especially immoral and anti-family:

Sexual Orientation in Business and Education Code – AB 14 adds “sexual orientation” to the list of nondiscrimination criteria in many areas of business and association codes, including athletic clubs and ALL colleges and universities. Restricts right of conscience and religious speech.

Same-Sex “Marriage” – AB 43 creates “marriage” between any two persons, rather than between a man and a woman as voters required under Proposition 22. Under the state constitution the California legislature cannot arbitrarily thwart the will of the people, as this bill would do, but many are willing to try.

Domestic Partnerships – AB 102 allows domestic partners to easily change their surnames mimicking and undermining marriage. Sexual Orientation in Education – AB 394 requires schools districts to establish antidiscrimination and antiharassment policies based on “actual or perceived” gender or sexual orientation and requires monitoring of compliance.

Sex Education Programs – AB 629 adds to requirements for any directly or indirectly state-funded sex education programs. Requires that all programs include information on at least one contraceptive or STD risk-reducing device.

Homosexuality in the Schools – SB 777 bans any school activities, programs, or instructional materials that might be considered “biased” against homosexuality or bisexuality, K-12. SB 777 could stifle any speech supporting traditional values on our campuses. The bill could also have serious consequences for Christian colleges and universities, which would be required to add “sexual orientation” to their antidiscrimination policies unless they are specifically part of a “religious organization.”

Sexual orientation, same-sex marriage, sex education and gay people being sneaky by exchanging names like (dare to be brave) MARRIED PEOPLE!  Good grief, has anyone pointed out to these people that their complete preoccupation with other people’s sex lives is bizarre?

And finally, back to the NoToPGE site for what must have been an uncharacteristic (and unintended)  humor moment:

Question: Does Tiger Natural Gas take a stance on Prop 8? Answer: “Tiger Natural Gas is only the preferred supplier for this program and does not take a stance on this or any other political issue. By switching to Tiger you can rest assured that your money will not directly or indirectly go to supporting any political agenda.

But wait! According to Cosmos Gavin in his Opinion Bites column at newsreview.com on September 9, 2008, the offer is basically a scam. While it is true that anyone can switch natural-gas providers, doing so has virtually zero impact on PG&E. 

That company’s statement to Bites on what switching really means:

PG&E does not make a profit on the sale of natural gas to its retail customers due to the way natural gas utilities are regulated. PG&E makes its profit from delivering gas through its system as well as from other sources, but not from the sale of gas itself.”

As Gavin pointed out in his article:

You see, state regulators let PG&E earn a return on its investment in new and improved infrastructure. It’s the pipes, not the stuff in the pipes, where the sodomite utility actually makes its dough. And whose pipes does Tiger use to distribute gas to its customers in California? PG&E’s pipes. So, it seems unlikely that PG&E will care one bit if their customers switch natural-gas providers—no matter how, er, principled the reason. Then again, who is Bites to question anyone’s faith?”

Indeed.

So, let’s review, shall we? We have the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization sending its voters to the NoToPGE site, the unknown operators of the site are mad at PG &E because they gave so much money to we No on Prop 8 voters, and NoToPGE, in turn, sends its voters to an Oklahoma gas company of, dare I say it, biblical proportions. And then Mr. Dacus does some preaching. Is there anything wrong with all this? Is there anything illegal about all this? Let’s have the Supremes decide, shall we?

 

::Launching into song:: “Ain’t no mountain high enough…. to keep me from getting to you!” ***  (Bold face happily provided by The Daily Horse)

***Lyrics by Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, 1966

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About TT Thomas

Writer, Reader, Reviewer, Thinker, Tinker, Accumulating Amazing Things That Other People Say and Do.
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2 Responses to Prop 8: How They Did It… “Oh, My God, George!” ***

  1. logophilos says:

    really quite sickening, the hypocrisy of these people

  2. TT Thomas says:

    You know, I’m starting to see a lot of hypocrisy when it comes to how certain groups treat the GLBT community while simultaneously profiting enormously from that same community. I’m going to be doing a multi-part story on a topic near and dear to our hearts: publishing.

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