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A CONSISTENT ETHIC
OF LIFE AND THE COMMON GOOD
Consistent Ethic of
The Common Good require respectful,
and broad application
of moral principles valuing the sacredness of human life. While the major
threats to life (abortion, fetal plundering, euthanasia) are nationally debated,
there are local manifestations that can be addressed, such as crime, failing
schools, library pornography, problem pregnancies and homelessness. Threats
to The Common Good include acquiescence to special
interests (e.g. the abortion lobby) and governmental coercion (e.g.
State agencies) that promote moral degradation. Will you as a city council member
work for public policy that promotes The Common Good and a Consistent Ethic of
PUBLIC LIBRARY PORNOGRAPHY
The US Supreme Court
in its 2003 ruling
United States v. American Library Association, Inc,
upheld the use of library internet pornography filters. Chief Justice Rehnquist
stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their traditional
missions, public libraries must have broad discretion to decide what material to
provide to their patrons. Although they seek to provide a wide array of
information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal coverage,'" and "most
libraries already exclude pornography from their print collections because they
deem it inappropriate for inclusion." In 2010,
the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public libraries' use of
internet filters does not violate the state constitution.
See FVRL porn history here.
Will you as a city councilor appoint, recommend or
request (depending on your level of authority) only library board
candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public
libraries, whether by internet or printed materials?
PUBLIC LIBRARY DRAG QUEEN STORY HOURS
Recently, some public libraries have been hosting
Drag Queen Story Hours.
These events use men dressed as burlesque and flirtatious women to read
gender dysphoria stories to children, with the purpose and effect of facilitating
More information here. What is your position on public libraries
hosting Drag Queen Story Hours?
_____ No Opinion
REGULATION OF SEXUALLY
The U.S. Supreme Court in
Young v. American Mini Theaters, Inc., (1976) and
Renton v. Playtime Theater, Inc., (1986), concluded that municipalities have
"substantial governmental interests" in protecting and preserving the quality of
life for its community against the adverse secondary effects of sexually-oriented businesses while allowing for "reasonable alternative avenues of
communication." Land Use Studies from cities around the United States were
cited in both U.S. Supreme Court cases documenting
the harmful secondary effects of these businesses including 1. Increased Crime - rape, sexual assault,
prostitution and illegal drug sales; 2. Decreased Property Values - both
residential and commercial; and 3. Urban Blight - people and businesses fleeing the
Will you diligently seek
zoning ordinances, licensing procedures, permit requirements and operational
regulations which serve to minimize the adverse secondary effects of Sexually-Oriented Businesses?
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND PARAPHERNALIA
Recreational marijuana was
legalized in Washington State in 2012 by
Initiative 502. The drug though is still
banned federally, and considered dangerous by many, including
the AMA, and
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Citizens
Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) states "The normalization,
expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana in our communities
are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to the safety of
our society." The Alaska Association of Police Chief
describe some of the negative aspects of legalizing the drug here. For
additional dangers see
here. For an extensive
report by the National Academy of Sciences (Jan 2017)
What is your
position on the legal production, processing and sale of
the jurisdiction of the office you are seeking?
_____ No Opinion
proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.
What do you believe? Does a unique human life begins at conception?
If not, how long after conception does a human life begin?
___3 mths ___6 mths ___9 mths ___1 yr ___18 yrs?
14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive any person of
life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Supreme
Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion of personhood is
established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to
life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." The
Court regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the difficult
question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines
of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the
judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a
position to speculate as to the answer."
believe that the right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th
Is taking the life of a pre-born child
through abortion ever
Check all that apply:
_____ No, it's never permissible
_____ Yes, to save mother's life
_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest
_____ Yes, for physical deformity
_____ Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish spouse
_____ Yes, it's always permissible
The nation's biggest
Planned Parenthood, in
the 2017-2018 fiscal year received
$564 million in tax payer funding and aborted 332,757 babies.
Should Planned Parenthood be contracted with to make community
presentations, provide literature, birth control chemicals or devices,
and/or abortion services?
CONTRIBUTIONS OF RELIGIOUS
"Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil
institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race,
class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural
understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is
needed most" (World Conference of Religions for Peace). Southwest
Washington has a broad range of religious communities that contribute
substantially to the welfare of families, children, seniors, the homeless, sick,
and refugees. They are a highly valued part of our community which respects
and defends human life at every stage. Are you an active member
in a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other religious assembly?
If so, you may
state where at:
White House's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships ensures that religious and other community organizations are
able to compete on an equal footing for participation in Federal programs
without impairing the character of such organizations and without
diminishing the religious freedom of those served. Is the
collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works good
for our communities?
US Supreme Court
Greece v. Galloway, all nine justices (following
affirmed the acceptability of having an invocation at the beginning of
public meetings. Writing for the court, Justice Kennedy stated:
"Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was
founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own
existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of
government to alter or define and that willing participation in civic
affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgment of their belief in
a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other
beliefs. The prayer in this case has a permissible ceremonial purpose.
It is not an unconstitutional establishment of religion." What is
your position on your city council instituting (or continuing) a prayer at
the start of the meeting?
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