Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sioux City

The Sioux City Human Rights Commission made news when it became known that its newest member admitted to hate filled Facebook posts, from nearly three years ago, to the executive pastor of Cornerstone World Outreach.

The now Commission-err, who is gay, wrote -- “You are haters and bigots and you will get what’s coming to you sooner or later. I hope you rot in hell.”

The pastor responded, “I hope you repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I wouldn’t want you or anyone else to go to hell.”

The now Commission-err replied, “I know Christ and don’t need a snake oil salesman like you to tell me about him. I guess that’s the difference between us because I think there are many people that deserve to burn in hell … including you and your entire family.” 

Not quite Christ like, it looks like bullying is not limited to Sioux City Schools and the scientific community is united in that fact.

The Commission-err now says, "I would like to say that if I caused him or his family any stress, I do apologize for that, as that was not my intention.

What was the intention?

The Commission-err continued, “I feel badly about this, I don’t want to get off to a bad start. I think I can do a good job on this commission.”

According to its website, The Human Rights Commission enforces local, state and federal anti-discrimination laws.  It also works to prevent and eliminate discrimination in our community.  The following are the protected classes:  race, color, religion, creed, sex, nation origin, age, marital status (in credit), families with children (in housing), mental or physical disability, actual or perceived sexual orientation, and gender identity

They continue --

To Ensure a Fair and Equitable Community for All


Whereas we investigate cases of discrimination we are
also devoted to preventing such incidents. We are willing
to educate community members by request. For
example, we often meet with landlords and employers
who wish to understand best practices for operating in a
non-discriminatory manner and avoiding allegations.

We also sponsor a wide variety of outreach events that
connect with and support the diversity of our community.
With our events we seek to promote goodwill and
understanding. We currently have five annual events. We

also host a variety of forums throughout any given year.

Indeed, as one of the events is called UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

The Sioux City Human Rights Commission celebrates this day with the annual War Eagle Human Rights Awards ceremony. Each year nominations are sought for individuals or groups who have worked to promote human rights, diversity and tolerance locally.

If this Commission-err is allowed to remain as a member, it will make a mockery of the entire Commission and process.

However, it's not the first time members of the Cornerstone World Outreach have been a target.

Also in 2010, Two former members of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission told the City Council in early August that they believedthe commission was no longer diverse because five of its 11 members belonged to the conservative Cornerstone World Outreach church.

Sioux City, where it's okay to be intolerant of religious conservatives.


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