From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog

Thursday, April 22, 2004

The Goddess replies to Richardville.

Dear Mr. Richardville:

I am writing in response to the above referenced legislation, sponsored by your, and recently passed in the Michigan state legislature. Please note that I would be writing to you as a citizen of this nation, of this world, and as a member of the human race. I would be writing to you even if I were not Catholic, and even if I were not a former resident of the state of Michigan (Ottawa Lake, Monroe Country, 1973 - 1979).

May I ask how, as anyone claiming to be an American and indeed an elected official under oath to uphold the principles of liberty and independence upon which our nation was founded, you could possibly justify the introduction of such an inhumane and hateful law? For make no mistake, Mr. Richardville, this law grants legal credibility to hate.

How could anyone claiming the above possibly deem it appropriate to embed the practice of discrimination, which you may have learned in grade school was the very reason the pilgrims journeyed to and overcame great misery to settle our land, on ANY basis into the legal code?

And lastly, please explain to me how anyone who could describe themselves as conservative, Republican or indeed republican (small case 'r' intentional) would possibly grant themselves or any other person the legal power to once again swell the size and power of government by taking punitive action against those whose intimate practices take place in their private homes?

This law is not an act of religious or moral courage, as you probably assure yourself whenever you have to look at yourself in the mirror, but a cowardly act of pandering to those special interests who have decided that they can not and will not treat other human beings with dignity or respect. Many members of the Michigan Catholic Conference were present in the legislative chamber when this law was passed. How many of them, Mr. Richardville, immediately went home and wrote a check to your elective efforts? How many wrote checks prior to your sponsorship of this bill? Rest assured that I will research the question, assuming such demographic data is available, of how strongly your re-election (or previous election) success rests on the far right Catholic/Christian/religious vote.

I am,
A Catholic who loves ALL others as my neighbor,