published Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Pam's points: Curbing youth violence and gay rights: Cities at the forefront

Finally, movement on event halls

Kudos to Chattanooga officials for moving forward on new rules for event clubs this week.

Mayor Andy Berke's chief of staff, Travis McDonough presented the City Council with a revised resolution that establishes clear requirements and consequences for owners who rent their property for events halls after recent violence at two such halls.

The new rules are intended to help stop youth violence after several shootings at at least two such event halls have left people dead or injured.

The city already had a special gathering permit for businesses that don't fall under regulations for bars or nightclubs, but no one had ever requested or been issued a permit. The revised resolution says owners who rent their property for events that serve alcohol, charge admission, operate after midnight and have 50 or more people at the event must get a special gathering permit oR face shutdown. Owners cited a second time will not be allowed to get another permit for a year.

Several local venue owners have said as long as the new city rule targets people who charge a fee and operate late into the night, such an ordinance wouldn't hurt their business. "When you're running a legitimate event hall most events are done by midnight," one owner said.

Kudos, too, to Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem who stopped short an owner of an event hall where a shooting had occurred. The man stood to say the ordinance wasn't fair to hold the owner accountable.

"If people are dying at your location you should be responsible," Hakeem told him.

The new proposal passed on its first reading this week. One down, one to go.

Same-sex marriage rally here

While federal entities like the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service are moving to adjust policies to give same-sex couples the same tax treatment and benefits as other married couples, in keeping with the recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, Tennessee still has on its books a 7-year-old constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that won 80 percent of the vote.

But already this summer, two Tennessee local governments are turning that conventional thinking on its head by advancing gay equality: the Collegedale City Council and the Knox County Commission. Knox County leaders voted in July to include sexual identification and gender identity under its employee nondiscrimination ordinance. Earlier this month, Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer family health insurance to same-sex spouses of employees.

All of this is not sitting well with Tennessee's conservative Christians. David Fowler, a former state legislator and the state's leading conservative Christian lobbyists with Tennessee Family Action Council, is claiming the Collegedale vote was illegal, and he wants state Attorney General Bob Cooper to take some kind of legal action against the city to stop the new policy.

Gay rights activists, however, are keeping the heat on with a rally planned here today to protest "Traditional Marriage Day," set this year by the legislature. Chris Anderson, a new Chattanooga city councilman, plans to advance a resolution for Chattanooga to give health insurance and benefits to city employees with same-sex spouses or domestic partners.

Anderson says more than 200 people are expected, and he will speak, as well as Kat Cooper, the Collegedale detective who sought and received benefits from Collegedale.

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conservative said...

Well it seems sexual perverts intend to meet other sexual perverts.

They are sure to have a gay old time.

August 31, 2013 at 7:06 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

The law of the state of Tennessee is that marriage is between a (as in one) man and a (as in one) woman.

The two Seventh Day Adventist Collegedale City Commissioners may, or, may not know of this fact. They voted to give two women, who some say are homosexual lesbians), benefits that can only lawfully (within the state of Tennessee) go to a 'legitimate' (meaning legitimate under Tennessee law)marriage.

Regarding: Obey the law of the land

Romans 13:1–7 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are * ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

August 31, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

~~~~~~HOMOSEXUALITY: SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST OFFICIAL STANCE~~~

@@Excerpt from The Council of the General Conference Executive Committee@@

"Seventhday Adventists believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. This was the design established by God at creation. The Scriptures declare:.. "And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed. The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. Sexual acts outside the circle of a heterosexual marriage are forbidden (Lev 18:5-23, 26; Lev 20:721; Rom 1:2427; 1 Cor 6:911). Jesus Christ reaffirmed the divine creation intent:.., "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh." (Saint Matthew 19:4-6, KJV)...Seventh day Adventists believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed. For these reasons Seventh-day Adventists are opposed to homosexual practices and relationships."

August 31, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

אִשָּׁה <<Do You know what this is? It is the word Wife written in the Hebrew of the Holy Bible. It means:

'ishshah = ish·shä' = 1) woman, wife, female a) woman (opposite of man) b) wife (woman married to a man) c) female (of animals) d) each, every (pronoun)

Hey, it's a 'feminine noun'.

Now for 'HUSBAND':

אִישׁ, = 'iysh, = 1) man a) man, male (in contrast to woman, female) b) husband c) human being, person (in contrast to God) d) servant e) mankind f) champion g) great man 2) whosoever 3) each (adjective)***

Hey, it's a masculine noun. Any questions? kwo

August 31, 2013 at 6:57 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

gynē <<Do You know what this is? It is the word Wife written in the Greek language of the Holy Bible.

It means: 1) a woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow 2) a wife 3) of a betrothed womand

Hey, it's a 'feminine noun'.

Now for 'HUSBAND':

anēr = 1) with reference to sex (gender) a) of a male b) of a husband c) of a betrothed or future husband 2) with reference to age, and to distinguish an adult man from a boy 3) any male 4) used generically of a group of both men and women (as in 'mankind', etc.)

Hey, it's a masculine noun. Any questions? kwo

August 31, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.
fairmon said...

It seems those opposing gay marriage would seek to abolish laws that discriminate against singe people, reported earlier by this paper as over 1100 laws, rules, codes etc. Why should single people pay a higher tax rate than marrieds when it is believed it is cheaper to be married than to be single? Why should singles with no kids pay to educate other peoples kids? Are those opposing gay marriage too hypocritical, greedy and selfish to address the root cause of the push by gays to marry? I have no problem with gays being married but I am damn tired of politicians that find it easy to spend other peoples money on special interest and issues like this that should not even be on their venue. The Collegedale city council did not display good stewardship of tax payer money with their initiative. I would like to hear any justification for singles being discriminated against other than some bible verse quotes or references.

September 3, 2013 at 7:46 a.m.
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