Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Family Values

For those of you keeping score at home, here's what the Illinois Family Institute, whose self-proclaimed mission is "dedicated to upholding and re-affirming marriage, family, life and liberty in Illinois. For the past fifteen years, the IFI has worked to advance public policy initiatives consistent with Judeo-Christian teachings and traditions, educating citizens so that they can better influence their local communities and the state" has had to say recently:

Regarding State Rep. John Fritchey's parental notification legislation: "a slap in the face to concerned parents everywhere."

Regarding the Hastert/Foley teenage sex scandal: Silence.

Draw your own conclusions about the sincerity of their mission.


Anonymous,  6:53 PM  

Easy to draw YDD. Fritchey, and half a dozen other legislators act in good faith to put an idea forward based on their view of an issue, and get crucified for it. (pun intended) The far right wants issues that are easy for them to act self-righteous about.

Foley exposes the hypocrisy of the demagoguery by the right, hence silence from the masses.

Apparently they care so much about the unborn, they don't have time to care about the young and vulnerable.

dan l 11:52 PM  

This is why I hate the IFI:

It's jerkbags like them that make it hard to be a republican.

David E. Smith 7:21 AM  

Does anyone want to comment on the fact that Rep. Fritchey is legislating parental rights to everyone but the postal carrier? Or is it just easier to “hate” IFI because of we stand for?

As far as Foley – I have commented on it. Unlike others who want to pile on without the benefit of the full story, we have not issued a statement or a press release yet, because all the facts are not in yet. Go to my blog at:

Pat Collins 9:33 AM  

The IFI homepage also links to a story "Who protected the Pervert Congressman"?

And I might comment on the irony of those who denounce the fact that a know homosexual was too interested in geeting close to teenagers but condemn the Boy Scouts for having an effective policy of handling such issues.

Yellow Dog Democrat 9:53 AM  

Thanks for joining the fray, D. Smith.

In a perfect world, we could trust parents to have their kids safety and best interests at heart.

In a prfect world, we could trust our Congressmen to have kids safety and best interests at heart.

Alas, we don't live in a perfect world.

Sometimes, parents and Congressmen are the predators.

That's why clergy and other trained professionals are sometimes needed to step into the role of protector, and Congressional leaders too.

I find it unbearably hypocritical that you decry that our abortion laws could protect pedophiles and rapists and have had nothing to say about the Republican Congressional leaders who have protected a predator in their midst. Having all of the facts in never stopped you before.

Yellow Dog Democrat 10:00 AM  

Pat -

Cong. Foley's have nothing to do with his being gay and everything to do with his being a pedophile. Sexually abused as a teen, he turned into a teen predator himself.

Word on the street is that another GOP Congressman who has been preying on teen girls will soon be outed.

Repeat after me: "Nothing to do with being gay. Everything to do with being a pedophile."

These Republican pedophiles in Congress do what pedophiles everywhere do: they seek positions of power, trust and self-protection so that they can prey on children. Boys, girls, doesn't really matter.

In fact, while most of the clergy sex abuse scandals making headlines involve male victims, that just because of the myopia of the media. Priests and ministers who have sex with 15 year-old girls just don't make for flashy headlines.

fed up dem,  10:10 AM  

Perhaps in the future the IFI will print their voter guide on Charmin or Northern tissue, so it can actually be useful by those who think for themselves.

Pat Collins 10:34 AM  

Well, to address your point, right now molesters are very well served by IL's abortion law.

Meet teens on AOL chat rooms, knock them up, take them for abortions.

And why are waiting periods GOOD for gun sales, and yet BAD for abortions?

As for horny congressmen, you'd think with all the young girls like "washingtonienne" around, (and their gay counterparts)there'd be no need to go for pages.

Larry McKeon,  5:26 PM  

Tucker Carlson on conservative evangelicals:

The Republican Contradiction

Tucker Carlson was brutally honest on the Chris Matthews' Show about
the dysfunction and hypocrisy at the core of the current GOP:

CARLSON: It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the
elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals
who put their party in power. Everybody in ...

MATTHEWS: How do you know that? How do you know that?

CARLSON: Because I know them. Because I grew up with them. Because I
live with them. They live on my street. Because I live in Washington, and I know that everybody in our world has contempt for the evangelicals. And
the evangelicals know that, and they're beginning to learn that their
own leaders sort of look askance at them and don't share their values.

MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the
gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?

CARLSON: That's exactly right. It's pandering to the base in the most
cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out.

Anonymous,  12:06 PM  


Republican Gays are Closeted Dems

Instead, the GOP has played a trick on itself. The party brought so-called gay Republicans into positions of power in Congress only to realize that the confidential information they held about a secret gay network was political dynamite that could backfire.

At this point in the scandal, the issue is not whether there was such a network, but how big it is. CBS Evening News correspondent Gloria Borger reported the emerging belief that "a group of high-level gay Republican staffers were protecting" Foley. A New York Times story by Mark Leibovich confirmed that gay Republicans have occupied "crucial staff positions" in Congress and "have played decisive roles in passing legislation, running campaigns and advancing careers."

The mystery man at the center of the scandal, Jeff Trandahl, is supposed to be a "lifelong Republican" who is gay. But Trandahl, who supervised the congressional page program as House clerk and knew about the controversial Foley emails many years ago, has a strange way of showing his Republicanism. A search of Federal Election Commission (FEC) records over the last six years shows no financial contributions to the Republican Party or Republican candidates. Instead, Trandahl in 2000 gave $1,200 to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which gives over 80 percent of its political campaign money to Democrats.

Trandahl is so much of a Republican that he joined the board of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, another gay political action committee that commits most of its funds to electing Democrats. Its latest list of "winning candidates" is all Democrats, except for Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, who admits not voting for President Bush in 2004.

If you are getting the idea that gay Republicans may be closeted Democrats, then you are beginning to understand how the Mark Foley scandal could have been a Democratic Party dirty trick.

it continues

Some liberal and left-wing groups, in addition to the gay Republican organizations, seem fearful of what the investigation might uncover. But radical gay activists sympathetic to the Democratic Party's pro-homosexual agenda are already naming the names of members of the secret network, reaching from Congress into the White House and the Republican National Committee. One such activist is Michael Rogers. Another is John Aravosis, who worked for Republican Senator Ted Stevens from 1989 to 1994.

Trandahl, who was appointed by Hastert as House Clerk in 1999 and resigned on November 18, 2005, figures in almost every important account of the Foley scandal as someone with inside information. David Rogers of the Wall Street Journal noted that Trandahl was "an adviser and friend" to Foley and was "in a unique position to recognize the implicit danger in the fact that Mr. Foley wasn't just close to pages on the House floor but was pursuing contact via email." Although Trandahl has hired a lawyer and hasn't talked publicly, numerous reports portray him in a flattering light, saying he tried to warn various Congressional officials about Foley's conduct. Calls to Trandahl and his lawyer were not returned.

BTW having sex with prepubesant children is being a pedophile sex with 17 and 18 year olds is sick but NOT illegal since consent is16 in DC.

Yellow Dog since you are obviously against pedophilia will you join with the conservatives in demanding that tax money not be used for the Center on Halsted st? Did you know that they have a teen center there for Kids as young as 13? Why should tax payers build a homosexual center that grown men can use to pick up young boys?

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