CA councilman 'purged' for views on marriage

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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A California city councilman targeted for his biblical defense of natural marriage should send a message that a "purge" is under way, says an attorney who fights for religious liberty.

"Where we're at now," says Pacific Justice Institute attorney Brad Dacus, "is an agenda to purge people from expressing their Christian worldview, who are in public service or heads of corporations."

Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, a committed Christian, sent an email to constituents critical of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing unnatural marriage. That sent homosexual activists into an uproar.

natural marriage"Of course if he'd uttered his support for same-sex marriage," says Dacus, "that would have been acceptable and he would not have been censured."

In the email, Poetter wrote:

I do find it interesting that the homosexual movement adopted the rainbow as their symbol, as it was God's symbol that he wouldn't destroy the world by flood again. Maybe they are wishful thinking.

Newport Beach is a seaside city of approximately 85,000 in Orange County, California.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)

The Los Angeles Times reported the Newport city council did not technically censure Peotter but "disassociated City Hall and the council" from his comments. The council voted 4 to 3 on August 11 for a "softened" version of an original resolution that censured him, the newspaper reported.

City Council Keith Curry wrote the original resolution and claimed, according to the Times story, that Poetter had created a "hostile workplace" at City Hall for homosexuals.

Dacus tells OneNewsNow that Curry is pushing for the district attorney to prosecute Peotter for "hate speech."

The PJI attorney says people need to decide "whether they're going to compromise their faith, or whether they're going to stand firm by their faith, and stand up to those attempting to push this agenda of censorship."

California's Prop 8, which affirmed natural marriage in the liberal Golden State, passed in Newport Beach and 29 other Orange County municipalities in 2008. It passed statewide with 52 percent of voters. 

OneNewsNow reported in recent days that homosexual activists are attacking "religious exemptions," the use of a person's religous beliefs as a legal defense, such as the Hobby Lobby case in 2014.  

The Catholic News Agency quoted a well-known homosexual activist, Tim Sweeney, who told other activists earlier this year that the movement can fight religious exemptions for two to three years or, if they fail, have a "protracted twenty-year struggle on our hands." 


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