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Letter: Leftist thug tactics are equivalent to bullying

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:00 am

We don’t hate gays, we who defend marriage. We know and appreciate gays, work with them and respect them. But we do hate the left’s thug tactics — the lies, malice, false stereotyping, defamation, religious intolerance, blacklisting, intimidation and extortion that Deborah Goni supported in her recent letter attacking Pastor Frank Nolton.

Brendan Eich was indeed hounded out of the business. He had routinely hired and promoted gays, treating them with dignity. But the intolerant left’s extortion campaign over his 2008 Proposition 8 donation forced his recent resignation. Intimidation is a well-worn tactic of the left. I know businessmen right here in Lodi reluctant to support conservative political campaigns for fear of retaliation from Democrat office holders.

“Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson was indeed bullied and censored by intolerant leftists over his personal views, made off the set — views no more “vile” than those made daily, live on TV, by Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg. The left does not tolerate free religious speech, but applauds any hate speech aimed at Christians and Jews.

The left’s attack on Chick-fil-A was indeed, admittedly so, a salvo aimed against Dan Cathy’s donations to pro-family organizations, not because he runs “a restaurant that wants to segregate” as Deborah charged. Chick-fil-A hires gays and cheerfully serves gay customers without segregation.

Support for marriage is not an attack on human rights. It’s vastly different. In every state, gays can and do have their weddings. They are free to pledge their love and live together for life. Indeed, commitment can be beneficial. But most News-Sentinel readers recognize that a husband and wife family unit is not equivalent to roommates in an intimate relationship. And it is bad law that recognizes no pertinent difference. Family law has been carefully developed, legislated and adjudicated with popular consent for hundreds of years. We just don’t like changing good law by a wholesale, ill-considered, coerced and forced redefinition of marriage.

Destroying careers is cold. Extortion is not a civil sales method. Intolerance does not make good law.

Peter Stearns


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  • Christina Welch posted at 11:02 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460


  • Christina Welch posted at 11:01 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    "But most News-Sentinel readers recognize that a husband and wife family unit is not equivalent to roommates in an intimate relationship."

    That's why gays and lesbians want the right to marry, Mr Stearns, so they don't have to be FORCED to be just roommates in an intimate relationship.

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:52 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "Move on"

    Sage advice folks!!


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:52 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "We don’t hate"

    Folks, check out Joanne's posting down below and please read Peter's hateful rant from 2008!

    "We don't hate"


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:46 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "other gay supremacists"

    Will, do you attend the "Pastor" Frank's church too?


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:41 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:41 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "2008 LTE"


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:37 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191

    "out pastor"

    Typo or freudian slip?

    Nora, thanks for your note.

    I wish more of Peter and your's congregation would write letters to the LNS.


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:28 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1191


  • M. Doyle posted at 7:41 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 188

    Dear Mr. Stearns,
    Calling out bigotry is not bullying. Proposition 8, invalidated by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional, was a cruel campaign to strip a minority group of an existing and fundamental right. Civil rights are not up for vote, Mr. Stearns, and denying equal rights to a group of human beings based on your religious beliefs is still called bigotry. "We don't hate gays, we who defend marriage," said no one ever who respects their LGBT family members and friends.

    Your words indicate a belief that gays threaten marriage and must be held down, their relationships unworthy of legal protection. Fortunately, a majority of Californians and a majority of Americans do not share your view and have wielded power with their pocketbooks. Decent folks do not care to support the Phil Robertsons, Dan Cathys, or Brendan Eichs of the world.

  • Ed Walters posted at 2:42 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Boben wrote: I would hate to write and the News-Sentinel would hate to print, ( they wouldn`t ) a full description of the open depravity that went on at San Francisco`s " Up your Alley "gay street faire. To ways Boben would know about this street faire, she read about it or was there on that gay day, take your pick. Though I am straight as a stick, when I was very young gay meant your were happy, so you can see how far that word has progressed. Now gays are in the government, you might not like it but they are and will continue to advance, when ever gays are spoke of in the paper, I turn the page. No use of getting to a boiling point where there is nothing your can do about it. You keep tearing at that anger and it will eat your up inside. Move on.

  • Nora Rowland posted at 11:56 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Nora Posts: 8

    Peter, thank you so much for standing up for out pastor. He gets treated so poorly by people who, I have a feeling, have never met him or spoken to him. I appreciate your letter more than you could possibly imagine.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:20 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Wow!! If Ms. Goni was "attacking" "Pastor" Frank Nolan in her letter in which she solely gave him a lesson in civil rights, then Mr. Stearns is: A) Way too sensitive to make an intelligent assessment of the written word; or B) Not familiar with the meaning of the word "attack."

    And don't play coy with your readership, Mr. Stearns. There has been plenty of gay hate statements made both in letters and statements.

    Seems Mr. Stearns has amnesia when it comes to HIS former writings about gays, such as this piece from his August 2008 LTE:

    "Gay coupling is not equivalent to holy matrimony. You don't see a straight marriage partner who publicly advertises himself as a human toilet.

    There is a reason we see so little description of gay sex. I would hate to write, and the News-Sentinel would hate to print, a full description of the open depravity that went on at San Francisco's "Up Your Alley" gay street faire, July 27. Most ominous is that San Francisco police stood by making no attempt to enforce the city's valid laws against indecent public acts. In a PC town, sex confers immunity. What went on at the street faire also happens in San Francisco's parks and squares. And it could happen in Lodi's parks.

    The California Senate has before it a bill, SB 1437, that would make it mandatory for textbooks in California - math, science, history, English, reading, spelling - to teach the contribution of gays. Will your kids benefit from knowing perverted scientists? Do they need a paragraph on gays in their spelling book? Would it profit their lives to see a few article boxes revealing the unwholesome sexual habits of famous Americans?

    You're not fooling anyone."

    Read the whole disgusting diatribe at


    This current letter is hypocrisy at its best!!

  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:13 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Peter says he doesn't discriminate but he goes on to say that the relationship between same sex couple is somehow less than a relationship between opposite sex couples this is discriminations. It is not up to bullies to say whether their actions are discriminatory and abusive it is up to those who are being discriminated against to decide. If Peter can find a group of same sex couples who feel that their unrecognized relationship is not discrimination than peter may have a point.To claim that you "know and appreciate gays, work with them and respect them" and than go on to say that allowing same sex couples the same basic rights as the rest of Americans is an "ill-considered, coerced and forced redefinition of marriage" and that their relationship is no better than roommates with benefits is dishonest. Peter proves that if you want to find out if people are being oppressed don't ask the oppressors ask the oppressed.
    One other thing if family law has "been developed for hundreds of years" how do you know that allowing same sex marriage is not the next stage in the centuries of marriage evolution? Certainly a opposite sex marriage today and the rights allowed women and children in those family units is very different than it was a 100 years ago and the rolls men and women play in those families has also drastically changed.

  • Will Rainwater posted at 7:58 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 46

    Liberals and other gay supremacists only tolerate speech they agree with, everything else must be shouted down or censored. Unless you`re a big Democratic Party donor like Alec Baldwin or Don Sterling, then it`s OK, until you strike a nerve at least. [wink][wink]


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