The fraud in question caused a special hearing of the Judiciary Committee in October 2005 in which one of MFI's spokesman (Chip Faulkner) said citizens who where duped must be as "dumb as eggplants". As a result of the legitimacy of the fraud complaints legislation was proposed by Senator Edward Augustus that would prevent future public harm of similar nature.
Now MFI wants to further insult the public intelligence. They tell us that we should not support transgender rights bill H1722. The reason they give, get this, is on the off chance a sexual offender would use this law to gain access to the women's bathrooms around the state. The insult here is two fold; on one part they want us to see this cockamamie reason as meritorious enough to deny others needed protection and equality. The other insult is that we would not see through the more obvious reason for their interest; simple bigotry. We do not live in a magical world that prevents sexual predators from entering a women's bathroom simply because a transsexual's rights have been denied. To defend such a position is insanity.
MFI is the same group that found themselves at the losing end of a vote on their failed petition last June 16, then without proof had accused those legislators who changed their votes as having been bribed to change them. The number of the vote alone can tell the story; 151-45. Here is an email from MFI that someone received by them and forwarded to Live, Love, and Learn:
Further Action Needed on H1722
Email the Judiciary Committee on the Transgender Bill ASAP
Last week the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H1722, the so-called "Transgender Rights Bill." Many more supporters of alternative sexualities than supporters of traditional values came to testify, numbering in the hundreds. In a scene that would be disturbing to most Americans, men and women dressed as the other sex paraded in and out of the Statehouse bathrooms designated for the sex opposite of their biological make-up.
From what we have heard, emails to the committee in support of H1722 far outnumber emails against it. WE MUST NOT LET THIS STAND!
We need to turn up the heat in opposition to this bill. Rumors abound that after the intense hearing last week that the bill will emerge from the committee and be taken up by the full House very soon! We need to prevent that from happening.
H1722 would add the vague category of "gender identity or expression" to the state ban on discrimination. Among the negative consequences of this law are: a) school children would be taught that they can change their gender if they want and b) women and children would be put at risk since access to sensitive areas such as single-sex bathrooms, locker rooms and women-only fitness facilities would be open to anyone, regardless of biological sex.
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Indeed, please take a moment to add your voice to those of your courageous neighbors before you. Help end discrimination once and for all by standing up for your neighbors in their time of need. Let us all pray to see the day our children can grow up proud of who they are inherently, and as a friend of mine said, when groups like Massachusetts Family Institute "can't fool enough people to stay in business".
When equality happens, and it will, there will come a day your children's children will ask what it was like before we all had equality. Will you be able to tell them you did your part when it mattered most? I hope so. Until this day comes it is comforting to know that even MFI now finally recognizes themselves as fighting the tide.
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