Meet the top donors who helped get the marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot


The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled last Thursday that major corporate donors related to the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage  must be disclosed. But Minnesota’s strong disclosure laws already reveal many prominent movers and shakers behind the seven-year battle the Minnesota Family Council has waged to get the amendment on the ballot next year. High-dollar contributors include the owner of a DVD-replicating business who has given large sums to Republican causes and the chairman of a sports apparel company that’s received $2 million in defense contracts. And even staffers of the Minnesota Family Council have kicked in big money.

The Minnesota Independent took a look at lobbying reports, campaign finance filings and foundation tax records and found a large amount of money coming from a handful of people. Lobbying reports don’t include the amount of money given to a particular lobbyist, only whether the donation was more than $500 per year. And campaign finance reports are limited to funds that went toward advertising, print or other electioneering communication and activity.

Three groups have been behind the push for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Minnesota Family Council (which also runs Minnesota for Marriage), the Minnesota Catholic Conference (a part of Minnesota for Marriage) and Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage (which reformed under the banner of Minnesota Majority several years ago).

Reports show that lobbying by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the policy arm of the Roman Catholic Church in Minnesota, is exclusively funded by the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis, unlike other organizations which have a diversity of donors.

For the Minnesota Family Council (MFC), Minnesota for Marriage (M4M) and Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage (MCDM), the money is primarily from large donors. Here’s a look at some of the biggest:

Robert Cummins, Primera Technology

Robert Cummins donated $90,000 in 2005 and $38,130 in 2006 to M4M to get the marriage amendment on the ballot. He’s the founder of Primera Technology, a DVD duplicating company in Plymouth, Minn. He also gave $280,000 to the now defunct MCDM.

Cummins is a major donor to GOP and conservative groups, having given millions over the last 10 years. And it’s rumored that Cummins, along with other conservative donors, have promised Republicans big-dollar donations in 2012 if they passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

A source recently told Politics in Minnesota that “promises must have been made to outside sources” that in exchange for getting the amendment on the ballot Republicans would get millions of dollars to help with the 2012 campaign to retain control of the state House and Senate. Cummins is notoriously shy about speaking with the media.

A very religious man, Cummins founded a Catholic school, Providence Academy, in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. His religious faith is a driving value for his company: Primera markets specifically to churches to help spread the gospel.

Primera has done business with Pat Robertson’s Regent University, Oral Roberts University and Patrick Henry College, which was founded by the conservative Home School Legal Defense Association.

Primera has also done work for 45 state governments including Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, over 40 US Air Force bases, Metro State University, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota system, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University Mankato and the Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves franchises. Primera’s work for the state of Minnesota in 2010 and 2011 comes to just under $2,000.

Rodney Huisken, Huisken Meats

Rod Huisken made his money in the family business, Huisken Meats in Chandler, Minn. Huisken passed away earlier this year, but his legacy lives on through donations to anti-LGBT groups. Huisken and Cummins teamed up in 2007 to defeat former Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson of Wilmar by funding attack ads through anti-gay and anti-abortion groups. The Worthington Daily Globe explained at the time:

Who was behind the hateful, fear-mongering ads on the gay marriage non-issue that blared from your radio, filled your mailbox, and plastered your windshield at church on Sunday morning? You might picture pious little old ladies fearful that their grandchildren will turn into homosexuals, but you would be wrong. Most of those ads came from Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage. More than half of that organization’s funding came from one wealthy man, Robert P. Cummins of Deephaven, who contributed $155,000. When his contribution is combined with the $45,000 from Rodney Huisken of Chandler, Minn., the two provided about 70 percent of MCDM’s funding. MCDM targeted about two-thirds of its statewide independent expenditures against one candidate, Dean Johnson.

Minnesota for Marriage spent roughly $100,000 attempting to get the so-called marriage amendment on the ballot. Of that total, Robert Cummins gave more than $38,000 and Rodney Huisken provided $25,000, which when combined made up almost two-thirds of the budget. Huisken provided all of the funding for Minnesota for Life. Cummins kicked in $20,000 to MCCL as that organization attacked Johnson and sponsored Michael Cruz in the primary election.

Johnson was a top target of groups during that election because he wouldn’t allow the marriage amendment, sponsored by then-Sen. Michele Bachmann, to come to a vote in the state Senate. It had already passed the House.

Huisken was also a faithful donor to Bachmann for Congress over the course of her congressional career.

All told, Huisken gave $36,000 to Minnesota for Marriage and $85,000 to MCDM, and was a reliable donor to the Minnesota Family Council’s lobbying activities until his death.

Joel Jennings, Gopher Sport

Joel Jennings is CEO of Gopher Sport, a sporting apparel and equipment company based in Owatonna. Gopher Sport also goes under the name the Prophet Corporation. Jennings personally gave M4M $15,000 in 2005, and the Jennings Family Foundation, which was previously called the Prophet Corporation Foundation, has given the Minnesota Family Council $80,000 since 2003.

The Minnesota Family Council is consistently in the top five recipients of the foundation.

Jennings also gave money to MFC’s lobbying efforts in 2010.

At least a portion of the company’s profits come from the government.

The company received more than $2 million in defense contracts between 2000 and 2010 and another $130,00 in other government contracts.

George and Barbara Anderson, Crown Iron Works

George Anderson of Roseville-based Crown Iron Works has funded the Minnesota Family Council’s lobbying efforts for years. He also made a $10,000 contribution to Minnesota for Marriage in 2006 to help get the bill passed. His wife, Barbra, is an outspoken member of the staff at the Minnesota Family Council.

Barb recently claimed credit for stopping anti-bullying efforts and claimed that the reason that LGBT students get bullied is because they have come out of the closet.

She said that it was LGBT groups that caused the bullying because more students were coming out of the closet.

“That is one of the tactics that they are using now, to say that by not legitimizing and normalizing homosexuality, we are creating an atmosphere in the schools that is hostile to quote-end-quote gay kids,” she said. “What they are doing is just the opposite themselves. They are creating an environment where these children that are sexually confused suddenly become affirmed as a homosexual or that they are born that way, and then these kids are locked into a lifestyle with their choices limited, and many times this can be disastrous to them as they get into the behavior which leads to disease and death in some cases.”

She added, “So, it’s really… They are the ones that are contributing to an atmosphere that can even increase bullying as more kids get into this kind of a lifestyle.”

She made that statement on the radio program of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center has dubbed a hate group.

Ron King, real estate developer

Eden Prairie–based real estate developer Ron King has given $45,000 to Minnesota for Marriage over the last seven years.

“I have a faith that moves me to make decisions like this,” told the Pioneer Press in 2006. “I believe our state of Minnesota and our nation need it in order to solidify family as a unit of society, integral to the continuation of a productive society.”

Last week’s decision by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board means that large scale donations from corporations will have to be disclosed in addition to the personal donations that wealthy business owners have made in previous years. The Minnesota Independent will be reporting on the money behind the campaigns surrounding the amendment to ban gay marriage in the coming weeks.



Jeff Wilfahrt
Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 9:29 am Thanks Andy, now we know who owns the message, who has excess money to be taxed and who feels their citizenship shall trump the rights of a minority in the legal arena, to the point of enshrining discrimination in our state constitution.These are the names of those who think they own our political agenda. Money gets what money wants.Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

Randi Reitan
Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 9:42 am Thank you, Andy. You have done it again. Leading with way with a story people need to hear.

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 10:20 am What jerks! I’d like to vote on their marriages!

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 10:29 am Thank you for exposing the disease infested roaches of the Republican party. We must continue to expose every hoary troglodyte, and, at least, hit them where it counts; their wallets. Preventing and repealing marriage rights are personal acts against an entire class of people. The acts will not be ignored, and the offenders deserve wicked scrutiny.

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 10:32 am Where does the Catholic Archdiocese get it’s money from? Is it legal?

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 10:46 am Great info! Thank you, but will the vast majority of MN folk even hear about this? I have my doubts KARE 11 or anyone else will report this.Flex said:
“Where does the Catholic Archdiocese get it’s money from?”It’s my understanding a certain percentage (maybe 10%) of what individual parishes collect goes to the Archdiocese. At least that’s what I remember a Catholic friend telling me. Then of course you have major donors like the Knights of Columbus who gave mega bucks to the Archdiocese for the anti-gay DVD production and distribution. I’m sure it’s all perfectly legal, but not all that transparent.

Steve B
Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 10:57 am Keep up the great work!!

Jeff Wilfahrt
Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 11:13 am FYI, a little bird told me last week that the big money behind the Archdiocese DVD distribution was the Knights of Columbus, to the tune of one million. That is unconfirmed but the source seemed convinced.Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 11:19 am “Reports show that lobbying by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the policy arm of the Roman Catholic Church in Minnesota, is exclusively funded by the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis,”All the MORE reason to keep your money and NOT donate to the Bascilica Block fundraiser for the Archnemesis.

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 11:39 am Oh lookie….! Look who’s getting HUGE tax subsidies from gay/straight taxpayers and scrubbing it into funding ideoloical “warfare” against certain taxpaying Minnesotans.

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 11:55 am So much for a “grassroots” effort to enshrine discrimination in the Constitution. It sounds much more like astroturf to me!

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 12:22 pm End the phoney tax exempt status for the Catholic Church. If anything should be exempt it should only be the property of the actual church buildings…they are a political lobbying force and have clearly demonstrated they have a political preference and a bias towards wealth!

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 1:18 pm Interesting to note that these folks are driven almost exclusively by religious fundamentalism, proving once again that this “movement” is all about instituting a “christian” theocracy in Minnesota.

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 1:38 pm Trust me, none of these lowlifes will ever see a dime from me. I won’t contribute to their causes or buy their products, and will do all I can to encourage others to take the same actions. If enough of us will just get the facts out there, we can hit these people and companies in the wallet–and then maybe they’ll start getting the message. After all, the regressives place money and power above anything else.

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 2:33 pm ANDY!!! GREAT JOB on reporting this! These people who use their money to help force discrimination will be exposed. How sad when that money could have gone to better use to help other humans instead of for restricting people and peaceful unities of love. I hope these people feel the backlash from their poor choices to try and suppress a minorities basic civil rights.

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Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 5:42 pm Who’s interested in a constitutional amendment eliminating the tax exemption for religious institutions?We could put it to a popular vote. You know, let the people speak.Anyone?

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 9:14 pm Defense contracts being awarded to WHAT?? A sporting goods store?!?

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 9:16 pm Thank you. I live in Los Angeles now but am from Minnesota having spent 23 years there. This is painful and difficult to read – so disappointing and a waste of money – but it’s important to know the facts. I plan on sharing this news with anyone I can. F these people.

Comment posted July 5, 2011 @ 9:45 pm Please contact Primera and let them know you oppose their CEO’s donations, you can find their contact information on their web site,

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 12:01 am Nice how these pricks can’t afford to pay a cent more in taxes but can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on discrimination. Follow my lead and write all their business crappy reviews.

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 12:19 am @Let’sVote, YOU, my dear friend have an excellent concept. If this Tea party headed by the Loon(Mrs Bachmann)(Your state bird, I might add), would like the control to go back to the states, then look into YOUR state’s referendum policies. See if this can be done? You guys in MN have to look into this! You may just be able to pull this off.As far as your Loon is concerned, it comes as no surprise to me that the Constitutionally ignorant twit would introduce legislation to ban SSM. Have any of you taken a closer look at the husband?? Talk about GAYdar! This charlatan is soo completely in denial.I, myself, can’t wait till your Loon gets dragged through the mud in the GOP caucuses. She shall indeed provide all of us with enough comedic relief.

Andy, Thank You, for helping to expose the NOM donors. However the #’s don’t jibe. Your talking 10k’s, 100k’s, where are the MILLIONS coming from?

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 5:34 am Google an interesting little character who currently resides in Orange county, CA. His name is Howard Ahmanson Jr.. A wonderful human being who gives MILLIONS in support of ultra wing loony candidates and who also donates said amounts to ultra right wing causes like prop H8 in CA.

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 9:09 am Just imagine what all this money could be doing serving good and humane purposes!

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 9:59 am They’re really going by the name M4M?hahahahahahaha

David in Houston
Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 10:06 am So, Barbara Anderson thinks that kids that supposedly “choose” to be gay, deserve to be beaten up by bullies? What a vile un-Christian woman.

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Zera Lee
Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 12:38 pm @Let’sVote
Tax exemption is the only restraint on religious participation in politics. It is not working very well, but eliminating it would likely lead to theocracy and the end of religious freedom.The last time I checked, the IRS was prohibited from investigating suspected violations of the relevant sections of the tax code. They had to have documented evidence handed to them before they could open an investigation. I think that this is where the changes need to be made.The IRS needs to be carrying the handcuffs, not wearing them, when it comes to defending Separation of Church and State.

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 1:11 pm Andy:Thanks for lifting up that rock.

Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 8:04 pm I think homosexuality is a perversion that should only be tolerated and not condoned or allowed marriage. Guess what, I am a democratic atheist. I view homosexuality, bestiality, and incest to be pretty much acts of perversion. My logic is that you can’t marry your dog,sister, or the same sex of the exact same reasons. Supporting “gay rights” is a great way to get republicans elected to office. I will not drive around with a straight pride sticker on my car if you don’t drive around with a gay pride sticker on yours.

DC Hart
Comment posted July 6, 2011 @ 8:13 pm When DOMA goes – and it WILL be gone – that could restore “full faith and credit” which will make all of this nonsense irrelevant. This year Elaine Donnelly had to find a new hobby. With any luck at all, Robert George and Maggie Gallagher will be forced to find more productive pursuits. Brian Brown’s best bet is a job that has lines like “fill ‘er up?” or “Want fries with that?”

G Deeming
Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 8:05 am Pay back… these donors efforts are hurting real people – Republicans can only be hurt by cutting THEIR funding. Cut them off at the knees by refusing to do business with them. Picket their businesses.

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 9:07 am @Sherm,Bestiality and incest are acts committed by heterosexuals as well. You are surprisingly ignorant for someone claiming such otherwise enlightened views.Praise Jebus, God hates the well informed, Amen.

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 12:19 pm FYI, the anti-gay-marriage DVD put out by the Catholic archdiocese last October wasn’t funded by the membership at large, but by one donor who wished to remain anonymous. The timing of that funding (just weeks before the election) and the anonymity of the donor suggests to me that the anti-gay element was using the church loophole to skirt campaign finance rules while influencing the election.My theory is that such bigots learned their lesson from the Target boycott, in the wake of their Emmer donation. They picked the Catholic church as their cover, because no laws can require the church to name donors.I quit my part-time job at the Basilica when I found out about that DVD distribution, and let them know exactly why.

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 12:42 pm ShermI believe types like should be only tolerated.almost all acts of abuse that uses sex as part of that abuse is done by someone you know and a straight person.

Same sex couples and marriages have been accepted by society since the beginning of time. Since you follow no god tell exactly why you oppose same sex marriage.

I like most here do not believe you are a) a Dem, b) an atheist.

Although Bigotry isn’t only for the religious minded!

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 4:50 pm Primera Technology, huh? Is DVD duplication is still considered a technology? What a bigot that Robert Cummins must be!

Michelle Bachmann 4 President (not)
Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 5:07 pm Email to all employees at Primera, Huisken Meats, Gopher Sport, and Crown Iron Works! Let them know what the upper management is up to. This is vile.

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 5:50 pm FYI, following on Jeff Wilfhart’s item about the Knights of Columbus funding the DVD, I was looking at the list of Minnesota non-profits that have lost their status as 501(c)3s, and a long list of MN KofC chapters were on IRS database.
Makes ya wonder….

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 7:04 pm marie
What is the point of “gay” marriage? There is no procreation involved. There are no children involved. Marriage was set up to make sure there was a structure in society to create children and have the procreators raise the children. If gays want to act like heterosexuals then marry someone of the opposite sex and have children. Otherwise I don’t see the point in changing the definition of marriage to include gays. Does this mean I am a bigot in your mind?

Comment posted July 7, 2011 @ 9:57 pm What is the point of “hetero” marriage if there is no procreation involved? There are no children involved. If infertile hetero couples want to act like homosexuals then marry someone of the same sex and have no children. Otherwise I don’t see the point in preserving the definition of marriage to include infertile hetero couples. Does this mean i am a bigot in your mind? LMFAO!!

Comment posted July 8, 2011 @ 7:54 am In other words, a bunch of Dominionists are funding this anti-gay theocratic high tea… color me stunned..

Comment posted July 8, 2011 @ 7:58 am @Let’sVote“Who’s interested in a constitutional amendment eliminating the tax exemption for religious institutions?”I’m in.

Comment posted July 8, 2011 @ 8:01 am @evolutioinisfact“Defense contracts being awarded to WHAT?? A sporting goods store?!?”Otherwise authorized under the fundie scam of “faith based intitiatives”?

Betty Rubble
Comment posted July 8, 2011 @ 4:05 pm If anything happens to these people or their property you are personally responsible. We’ve seen what the tactics are of the gay “marriage” supporters. They can’t fight on principle so that try and use intimidation. Thank God that HE is in control and you can only do as much as HE will allow.

Comment posted July 8, 2011 @ 4:37 pm @Betty RubbleYou are clearly paranoid and fear based. How sad of an existence for you. Don’t worry, it’s only fair that these “donors” be exposed for their discrimination and acts of bigotry. The light of Gods justice will shine on ALL people. Even the religious hypocrites using false justice in the glory of God’s name. The conservative religious bigots are being funded so money is their fuel, not pure intention of upholding a bible’s laws. They are roaches to the true good of the Christian faith.Peaceful unions between two loving souls isn’t hurting anyone. Only the enlightened and spiritually wise will see this truth without having financial agendas grossly disguised with the false manipulated shield of religious self-righteousness. It is an act of religious perversion to gain wealth in this mannor. It’s far worse than any homosexual act.

Betty, it’s sad you follow the teachings of these false prophets and spiritual-con-artists. Turn some of your focus on how you’ve been programmed so you can maybe break free and develop your own choices with open minded critical-thinking. It’s time to wake up.

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Comment posted July 9, 2011 @ 7:56 am Just continue to vote for conservatives Mrs. “Rabble” errr…”Rubble”. It’s a WHOLE lot easier than thinking!

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted July 10, 2011 @ 11:26 am @ Betty, just like you’re responsible for all the deaths and bullycides of gay people around the country and recently, the 4 y/o boy that was shot the other day by his father because he thought he “might be” gay. You did that. You’re responsible. Your ideology.BTW… you a5re not the KEEPER of rights. You do not get to decide who pays the taxes and either GETS TO or DOESN’T GET TO benefit from those rights. Even if an amendment would be passed it would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL and in violation of the 5th and the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. You cannot even say you’re a fiscal conservative with a straight-face and be FOR this amendment. It will cost us ALL a fortune just to tell you that from a judge. Special you. 8 /

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted July 10, 2011 @ 11:29 am @ Loren, you almost read that verbatim from the FRC/NOM websites. Lay off the kool-aid. Gay people have children and straight people have gay kids. Oy.

Comment posted July 11, 2011 @ 1:19 pm @Loren – Marriage was set up as a form of ownership from man to woman and was a legal contract. Do a simple history research on Marriage you will learn that.As for having children, I know hundreds of married people who never wanted to have children but are married, these are opposite sex couples. Then hundreds more that didn’t have them cause they couldn’t I suppose all of those people should be annulled now?Then I know more Gay people who have families (cause why? I have children so we run in the same circles) than not. As history is showing us and stats show us now, there is actually some good evidence that Gay families are actually raising their
children a little smarter and happier and safer than the rest of all society. Why? Their is more planning, and choice in the matter of having or raising a family if your choosing to adopt (which I believe stats show that is the larger amount of numbers) you have to be tested, mentally, physically, and financially to do so, which you are not if you have one biologically.

Now back to that Marriage document, you are physically taking away from families, from the mouths of children. So who is the sinner?

@Betty a question to your statement….. Thank God that HE is in control and you can only do as much as HE will allow.. … Why try and stop or indoctrinate society at all? If you are pious wouldn’t God see that and just stop the bad guys (the gays and people who support them) right in their tracks? Or has God spoken to you recently and told you that Only you or perhaps its Bachmann only Bachmann is the one that can save all of society?

If God wants it stopped wouldn’t God just stop it?

Betty Rubble
Comment posted July 11, 2011 @ 2:55 pm Since I have a life I don’t have time to respond to all of you so let’s just say “even if every person on the planet supported gay “marriage” it wouldn’t make it right and it’s NOT a civil right.

Comment posted July 11, 2011 @ 8:31 pm Betty again, fact over fiction.Recognized federal civil rights law in the United States is grounded in the U.S. Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court. By this standard, marriage has long been established as a civil right.The operative constitutional text is section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified in 1868. The relevant passages read as follows:

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United 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 U.S. Supreme Court first applied this standard to marriage in Loving v. Virginia (1967), where it struck down a Virginia law banning interracial marriage. As Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote for the majority:

The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men …

To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on same-sex marriage, it is unlikely that it would overturn the foundational premise that marriage is a civil right. Lower courts, even when relying on disparate state-level constitutional language, have consistently acknowledged the right to marry. Legal arguments for excepting same-sex marriage from the definition of marriage as a civil right have rested, instead, on the argument that the state has a compelling interest in restricting same-sex marriage that justifies limiting the right to marry (an argument that was also used to justify restrictions on interracial marriage), and/or that laws permitting civil unions provide a substantially equivalent standard to marriage that satisfies equal protection standards.

Comment posted July 11, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Betty, Gay family exisit, they live, breath, and raise children, they bond and live together for as long as anyone else is bonded together, this has been a true statement over time, before your Christianity was even have the right to make the choice to say its wrong. But you do NOT have the right to tell others its wrong.I do NOT follow your religion, I will never follow your religion.

I have one question, you say there is only one God and your God who is the only one God says that its a sin to be in a same sex religion. Is it not a sin to say that your God is not God? or to Worship another God? Is it a bigger sin to say I denounce your God or to have a bonding relationship that is bonded in trust, love, and happiness? Should all Jews, Muslims Buddhists, Hindus and all the other major religions around the world that have even been formed longer than your religion be outlawed? or do you believe in the freedom of having the faith of your choice and to practice within your faith? I have no troubles with you thinking its wrong to be gay, I have a problem you telling people who are gay that they must live the way you tell them to live.

I have my faith, my faith is personal and important to me and I have my own rituals and practices and plans, moral structure and code. I teach my children these things as you teach yours.

I will NOT tell you how to live STOP telling the world they must be Fundamental bible literalist’s.

Comment posted July 15, 2011 @ 9:26 pm @ Betty Rubble – you are right on. Good for you not to bow down to much that is being stated about you, your religion, your God. You know what is right and what is wrong. God loves all people – and from what you write, I see you know this to be truth. God has the final say… period. I don’t live out of fear, and don’t see that you do either. Thank you for your posts.

Comment posted July 15, 2011 @ 9:28 pm As for what the donors were listed as saying… I don’t take much in this paper to be truth. Much may just be taken straight out of context.

Comment posted July 18, 2011 @ 12:05 am @KateNothing is being thrown at Betty about her God and her Right to praise, and worship, and practice in any way, and to make that choice which is religion.Its the fact that she continues to indoctrinate and push her God, her Religion onto others.

For the truth is that as Americans we have the Freedom to practice any religion or no religion.

Comment posted July 23, 2011 @ 2:35 am What’s the purpose of disclosing the full details? As you know, even on this thread, there is a lot of intimidation and even death threats (outside of here) lobbed at people who try to protect traditional marriages. There’s been a lot from the other side as well. Both should try to be civilized, but considering the reality of these threats, I think it is a bit irresponsible to publish the specifics. We need to promote compassion, not hate.

Comment posted July 23, 2011 @ 8:23 am It’s great that these companies are willing to put their money where their mouth is! I only hope and pray that the comments, etc. against them won’t deter them from donating in the future. It seems that whenever the radical agenda of homosexual bullies is opposed, comments can get pretty ugly (to put it mildly). That’s just my observation.I wish that Andy would do an expose on some of the ultra-radical causes Obama has supported. Or maybe he has…. I don’t read this rag, so how would I know?

mark williams
Comment posted July 24, 2011 @ 3:31 am For Marie
I’d like to address a few of the misconceptions and or errors if i may.
It is true that homosexuality has bee around awhile. To say that it is older than Christianity is untrue. The Bible states that The first two people on earth were male and female. They were not homosexual. We wouldn’t be here if they were. The old and New Testaments make up the Bible and while the name Christianity may not have been used at that time, we
can be sure that the God of the Bible was active in the lives of his people from the beginning.
You stated that “you have the right to make the choice to say its wrong. But you do NOT have the right to tell others its wrong” . Why/ Has her freedom of speech been taken away from her? By whom? On what authority? Denying the free speech right of those who dis-agree with the homosexual agenda is a favorite tactic. It works well. It has been used by many who want only one side to be heard. Pol Pot, Stalin to name a few.
So Its Ok to think something is wrong, Its just not OK to verbalize it. How intolerant!.I’m not sure about the next paragraph so I’ll address it this way.
Christianity teaches that there is only one God. The Bible states that ” You shall have no other Gods before me” -Your next line reads“Is it a bigger sin to say I denounce your God or to have a bonding relationship that is bonded in trust, love, and happiness?”

Denouncing or denying God and having the relationship are both wrong presuming that the relationship in question is a homosexual one. So is heterosexual sex if the two are not married.

Outlawing other religions is not the answer. Christianity is about teaching others about Christ and why he died for them. Free speech. Its about having honest and educational dialog.

We do not tell people they CAN NOT live the way they want. They obviously will, and do.
We teach that mans ways are flawed and ultimately bring pain and suffering.

Generally I get that you don’t have a problem with what Christians think. Its just that you don’t have a problem denying us our First amendment rights to speak our minds in the public square. Is this censorship? Do only certain people get a voice on controversial subjects?
As for Loving v. Virginia (1967), where it struck down a Virginia law banning interracial marriage. Before you make any suggestions as to what this might imply, I recommend you check with people and organizations who are better equipped to explain the fine points of law than either of us, unless you are an attorney. Jay Sekulow, ACLJ,
Alan Sears.
Alliance Defense Fund are the ones who come to mind. These people are in front of the Supreme Court on a regular basis and they could provide any answers you would like.

mark williams
Comment posted July 25, 2011 @ 8:15 am You can debate the accuracy of this. It can be attacked from many viewpoints.
But one thing is certain. If you read it you can easily see that our country is in danger from people and organizations that do not have the best interest of the U.S. in mind.The Communist Takeover Of
America – 45 Declared Goals
From Greg Swank
12-4-2You are about to read a list of 45 goals that found their way down the halls of our great Capitol back in 1963. As you read this, 39 years later, you should be shocked by the events that have played themselves out. I first ran across this list 3 years ago but was unable to attain a copy and it has bothered me ever since. Recently, Jeff Rense posted it on his site and I would like to thank him for doing so.

Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963


Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Comment posted July 31, 2011 @ 9:08 pm Lutheran Community Foundation, Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis gives money to a couple groups prominent in anti-gay action.In 2004, the Lutheran Community Foundation, a foundation of Thrivent Financial, gave $500 to the Minnesota Family Council. The foundation also gives annual grants to Focus on the Family of which MFC is affiliated. In 2009, Thrivent’s foundation gave Focus on the Family $5,774.Any Lutherans out there need to get busy within your communities. Another Church-State violation whether legal or not!

Comment posted August 2, 2011 @ 11:55 pm @mark williams: Seriously? You’re pulling out hand-me-downs from the Red Scare days? Written by a hyper-conservative, future-fearing, cross-burning (oh yes, he burned crosses), end-times-predicting nutjob? Of course he predicted that anything resembling progress towards a more civilized world would end in communism, he was anti-progressive and saw communism everywhere. This is as completely ridiculous as pointing to recent events as a clear indication that the Rapture will occur any day now: someone made some vague predictions that would eventually probably come to pass, and all you need is some unfounded faith to convince yourself that IT’S A SIGN!!!Even conservative groups regarded this guy as a dangerous wackjob. He was thrown out of the American Security Council in 1962. Yet here we are, 50 years after this guy was thoroughly discredited, and 20 years after global communism stopped being anything like a threat (and maybe that bubble would have burst sooner if we hadn’t been constantly been upping the nuclear ante and creating a threat to be countered), and people are still trotting out his dire predictions of red doom.Just because it’s in a book, doesn’t make it true, useful, sane, or remotely valid. This book isn’t worth the landfill dirt it displaces.

Comment posted August 3, 2011 @ 12:03 am @Mark
Yeah, it’s me again. Nevermind my previous post, I just read yours and discovered you are in fact one of those ridiculous people who believes everything you read, and that your belief in your religion somehow allows you to apply your religion’s guidelines, as you and who knows how many other people have misinterpreted them for centuries in the world’s most historically catastrophic game of ‘Telephone’, to others who have absolutely no belief in your religion, just because Invisible Sky Friend Who Doesn’t Return Our Calls Anymore said so, in that vastly misinterpreted book.One of these days, maybe you’ll have that epiphany where you realize, “Hey, I’ve spent my life buying into a load of crap that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” and move on. Or maybe you won’t. Honestly, that doesn’t matter; believe, don’t believe, believe some of it like the very nice things advocated by Jesus, find spirituality in nature, whatever. But stop assuming you have some divine right to judge and, worse yet, impose restrictions on rights, just because you decided a book written and rewritten by people who could never have imagined the world of today says so.