Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Protecting Traditional marriage and to Combating Same Sex Marriage in Hawaii

Divine Mercy Image - Sacred Heart Church, Punahou
There is a real danger of Hawaii legalizing same-sex marriage with the upcoming Special Session on October 28th, 2013.  There is a heavy push from our own governor, his advisors, gay activists and gay lobbyists to destroy marriage in the name of equality.  Christians of all denominations must stand together to fight this evil that they want to force of the people of Hawaii. These activists and politicians do not care about anything but making sure this bill gets approved.  They will not let anything or anyone stand in their way.

However, they do not realize that they are awaking a sleeping giant.  The people of Hawaii, whether Catholic, Christians of other denominations, Jews, Muslims, etc., must unite to say to these activists.  "Enough is enough!"  We have to speak out and defend the sanctity of marriage.  We must stand up and support our bishop, priests, pastors of other churches, organizations who are taking a firm stand to protect traditional marriage.  We can no longer be silent with a false sense of being polite.  We cannot afford to be complacent.  We must as individual,s take responsibility and do our part.  My friends, if we sit back and hope that others will do the speaking up for us, we will lose.

The line has been drawn.  It is now a fight against good vs. evil.  Do not be fooled when you are called intolerant or uncaring.  Do not be concerned when you are personally attacked for standing up for the truth. Remember, the Pharisees and Sadducees did the same to God's Son!  Can we really asked to be spared from persecution, if God did not spare His only begotten Son?  No, we should ask God to strengthen us so that we do not apostatize out of fear for ourselves or our families.

There are many ways to do something.

1.  Do not tire in contacting the governor's office and your state representatives. (Hawaii Family Forum, Hawaii Family Advocates, Hawaii Christian Coalition have easy ways of contacting them). Get on their emailing list!

2.  Speak out when your family or friends speak in support of marriage equality.

3.  Visit organizations such as Mass Resistance and The Hawaii Republican Assembly to see the most current news and how they are fighting to protect marriage as aforementioned.

4. Ask your priest if he can place an announcement in the church bulletin addressing the danger of same-sex marriage in Hawaii and maybe even speak out in his homily.

5.  Sign up to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as follows. Ask your priest to announce this prayer petition too and also print out the prayer petition for the parishioners to sign.

The following are from two Eucharistic adorers who have asked to get the word out:

Attached is a notice about the upcoming same sex issue that will be coming up for vote fairly soon. Pat & I and a very insistent adorer discussed this problem and have decided to do something CONCRETE about it... Please feel free to share this w/friends, prayer groups, etc.. I will be posting it up in the Chapel tomorrow morning for signatures, etc. Please check it out when you visit Our Lord there... (hopefully you will sign it and be a part of those trying to 'fight the good fight' against this evil that is hovering over our State!). Thank you!
6.  Pray the Holy Rosary asking Our Blessed Mother to intercede for the State of Hawaii, make an hour of adoration for this same intention, make a novena to Sts. Joachim and Anne for the protection of marriage.  Do not cease praying!

7.  Lastly, be ready to go to the capitol on October 28h, 2013 from 4-7pm when the special session will be meeting, and stand up in defense of marriage as God created it.

3 comments:

Fred Douning said...

THE HAWAIIAN STATE LEGISLATURE RECENTLY DEMONSTRATED THE NEED FOR THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT ----- BY VIOLATING IT!

TEXT OF THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

CRUEL

From NY Times: Some ethnic Hawaiians tearfully said the bill would destroy their culture, … television and radio ads described as endangered the Hawaiian heritage of “ohana” or family, of “mothers and fathers caring for each other and their keiki,” or children.

UNUSUAL

The 1998 amendment reads: The legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples. On November 3, 1998, Hawaii voters approved the amendment by a vote of 69.2–28.6%, and the state legislature exercised its power to ban same-sex marriage.

However, McDermott notes the people were told by the Office of Elections in an aggressive 4-week campaign that the meaning of the amendment was:

Meaning of a Yes Vote: A "yes" vote would add a new provision to the constitution that would give the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples only. The Legislature could then pass a law that would limit marriage to a man and a woman, overturning the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage.



HISTORICAL VIEWS

Justice Potter Stewart's opinion for the Robinson Court held that "infliction of cruel and unusual punishment [is] in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments." The framers of the Fourteenth Amendment, such as John Bingham, had discussed this subject:

[M]any instances of State injustice and oppression have already occurred in the State legislation of this Union, of flagrant violations of the guarantied privileges of citizens of the United States, for which the national Government furnished and could furnish by law no remedy whatever. Contrary to the express letter of your Constitution, "cruel and unusual punishments" have been inflicted under State laws within this Union upon citizens, not only for crimes committed, but for sacred duty done, for which and against which the Government of the United States had provided no remedy and could provide none.[14]

In Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972), Justice Brennan wrote, "There are, then, four principles by which we may determine whether a particular punishment is 'cruel and unusual'."

The "essential predicate" is "that a punishment must not by its severity be degrading to human dignity," especially torture.
"A severe punishment that is obviously inflicted in wholly arbitrary fashion."
"A severe punishment that is clearly and totally rejected throughout society."
"A severe punishment that is patently unnecessary."
Justice Brennan also wrote that he expected no state would pass a law obviously violating any one of these principles, so court decisions regarding the Eighth Amendment would involve a "cumulative" analysis of the implication of each of the four principles. In this way, the United States Supreme Court "set the standard that a punishment would be cruel and unusual [,if] it was too severe for the crime, [if] it was arbitrary, if it offended society's sense of justice, or if it was not more effective than a less severe penalty."

JUSTICE BRENNAN WOULD CONCUR

Freddie Douning said...

Thank you for posting this. Please read my new updated blogspot at tradmarriage.blogspot.com. This legislative injustice could be adjudicated by addressing it through the courts.

Feel free to contact me whenever convenient.
Thank you. Sincerely yours,
Fred Douning

Esther Gefroh said...

Fred, can you give me the direct link to your post?