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Scottdale’s Unity Pledge

Recently I received a letter from the City of Scottsdale. The first two paragraphs read:
“In August 2014, your City Council unanimously passed a resolution to endorse the Unity Pledge as promoted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The Unity Pledge is a free and voluntary expression of our commitment for the equal, inclusive and fair treatment of all people in Scottsdale.”

The letter went on to encourage me to sign (online) the Unity Pledge.

Of course we should treat everybody fairly. We don’t need a pledge to do that.

However, it is obvious that Scottsdale’s community leaders have given in to the pressures of special interests at the expense of family values and long-standing standards of morality. I am sickened and disgusted by Scottsdale’s official position on homosexuality, and I’m ashamed and embarrassed to live anywhere near the place.

Does the Scottsdale leadership consider condoning the homosexual lifestyle to be the best policy in the long term for the community? Really?

“When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.”– Edmund Burke

Sherlock Holmes said, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, HOWEVER IMPROBABLE, must be the truth.” If that is true, then the motivation of Scottsdale’s political leadership must be to ultimately destroy the very fabric that holds their community together.

On the other hand, we have this: “Never attribute to skullduggery what you can’t attribute to stupidity.”

Unfortunately, there is no stopping this LGBT avalanche which started as snow flurries decades ago.

I appreciate greatly the Sonoran News. It stands stalwart as a reasonable alternative to the mainstream media and has the courage to express a rational viewpoint on the issues that are affecting our community and society.

G. Smith
Cave Creek


The unfolding of unintended consequence

September 2015 will mark two years since I wrote the opinion letter titled - How worse is worse in Syria? I ended the letter by saying, “If we trust only diplomacy and redlines, rather than to show America’s military or economic might, then the world’s bad actors like Iran and other middle-east countries or North Korea have nothing to fear.”

Guest what … as the civil war and brutality appear unstoppable, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is more powerful than ever. And if that war isn’t horrific enough, an Islamic State (Isis) emerges that surpasses any brutality known in the region. The tenacious terrorists group is a force wreaking havoc in the middle-east.

But wait, there is more. Isis is inspiring Jihad in America, using our social media platforms to radicalize people here, and killing Americans in our homeland. Isn’t that a kick in the head!
To add to the calamity, now the White House and Secretary of State are campaigning for acceptance of the Iran Nuclear deal. It is a good deal for America and its allies, they tell us.
Does anyone really believe that? Does it not matter that the Iranian Supreme leader and its people chant “death to America,” and one of our most trusted and long-time ally, Israel vehemently opposes the deal?

The region is already very unstable without the deal. Imagine what is to come if the sanctions are lifted, allowing $150 billion to flow to Iran. With a conviction so strong, I say, this President of the United States is taking the American people down very a disastrous path to solve the middle-east crisis.

Ray Torres


Dear City Council of Scottsdale

When I opened my water bill this week I was absolutely floored and disgusted to see included with my bill a letter from the council. The letter was regarding a notification of a resolution to endorse the Unity Pledge as presented by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Apparently, learned council has passed this resolution unanimously. How special.

Was this pledge put to a vote by the good folks of Scottsdale?

Rhetorical question. It is a stupid and meaningless pledge any way. Only the LGBT crowd would have voted for it. Every state in the Union that had the proposition on its ballot voted against “gay marriage.” However, the votes of the people were negated by the unilateral decision of the Supreme Court recently. Not the first time, the outcome of the people’s will was shopped to a corrupt court.

So, City Council of Scottsdale:

I am sick and tired of being bombarded with gay, lesbian and transgender propaganda on a daily basis through all forms of media. And now I need to see LGBT circulars in with my bills. When does it stop, this aggressive and obnoxious movement to get everyone on the same page, especially with regard to so-called homosexual rights. Homosexuals have the same rights as straight people. No more.

I am a Christian and deviant behavior is sinful and unacceptable to me as it is to many people. They are free to live their way and I should be free from being bombarding with their so-called rights and their lifestyles. Are there any ordinances to protect my rights as a Christian? Will the City Council or any government body protect my first amendment right to be a Christian. The LGBT crowd and their progressive friends are always crying foul and claim they are so mistreated. In recent years, I have seen the most vicious outpouring of hatred and intolerance toward any group who professes a conservative or religious belief coming from the “gays.”

Discrimination against homosexuals is a red herring issue and always has been. Homosexuals are not barred from employment or housing. In fact as a group they tend to be pretty high on the socio-economic food chain. There has not been one case of discrimination against them in a court of law. If there had been, the NY Times, every rag newspaper in the country and CNN would be broadcasting it round the clock.

The hypocrisy of the LGBT is astounding. While they bash Christians and anyone who does not revere their lifestyle, they demand continuously and stridently that every respect be accorded to them. They have bullied themselves into the Boy Scouts, demanded legalization of their unions, forced bakers to bake their special cakes and have filed endless lawsuits putting honest people out of business in the process. No gay bakers out there? And why the sudden interest in the Boy Scouts – oh yes, for more cries of discrimination and fodder for lawsuits.

They continue to push their lifestyle on every one and at the same time displaying a total disregard for the mainstream society. The behavior of this poor, persecuted group includes, but is not limited to, defacement of church properties, interruptions of church services, spitting on clergymen and a demand that preachers stop preaching Biblical principles. The gaul of these people and the gaul of you for inserting your stupid letter in with my bill.

Don’t bother wasting your time by calling me homophobe. I am undaunted. Homophobia is a total made up word any way.

So I hope you like my letter City Council of Scottsdale and shame on you and you know what you can do with your unity pledge.

Guess I won’t be signing it.

Mary Seales

What does the Muslim’s book of guidance, the Quran, say about treating non-Muslims (Infidels)?

Muslim’s follow the Quran and related texts for guidance on how to live. The Quran says the following:

Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax (Quran 9:29)

Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable (3:85)

Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam. (5:33)

Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them (2:191)

Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood (9:123)

Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them (9:30)

Infidels are unclean; don’t let them into a mosque (9:28)

Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, boiling water (22:19)

Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them (47:4)

The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them (8:65)

Muslims must not take the infidels as friends (3:28)

Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels (8:60)

Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an (8:12)

If all Americans do a small part, we can keep our way of life our forefathers made for us and fought and died for.

John Smith


Iran agreement jeopardizes security

President Obama and Secretary Kerry put the United States and other countries in jeopardy by entering into an agreement with Iran which temporarily curbs its nuclear armaments program. They have either been duped or they are naïve or both. Both are more concerned about their legacies than the security of the world.

Iran said it will place its nuclear development program on hold and allow inspection of its facilities, but Iran has had time to disperse and hide its nuclear facilities. Under the nuclear agreement Iran can deny access by inspectors to undeclared sites and then the inspection process goes before a number of committees for resolution, which can take close to a month. This is enough time for Iran to move the equipment and materials.

The agreement will allow lifting of economic sanctions which will immediately release $150 billion and cumulative trillions in subsequent years. This money will allow Iran to purchase armaments, which will be used to continue the destabilization of Middle East countries and the ongoing sponsorship of Islamic terrorism in the world. And don’t forget, Iran hates the U.S.
The U.S. Congress should not approve this terrible agreement.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, New Hampshire


Yes, I like Trump. Yes, I am angry.

I was going to send such a letter today but when I turned on my computer to write it I got an e-mail containing a letter Jennifer Kabbany wrote 7-21-2015. I don't know this lady but I like her already. She said just about the same thing I was thinking except for some choice words I had about our admitted Muslim President and admitted hate for our American Flag which he and his wife were proud to help burn. I had some choice words for his cabinet selection Eric Holder as "Attorney General" who stayed in office to select his replacement. Look what he did to hurt our friend Joe Arpaio who we elected as our Sheriff here in Maricopa County, Arizona time and again because he is so honest and would rather die than take a nickel from anyone and has no baggage with lobbyists. Joe tried to do his job which we in Maricopa County elected him to do but Holder put a couple federal judges outside of his Phoenix office. Our president issued an executive order after he allowed millions of illegal people to come across our borders and then made them legal to stay here and made it so Joe's Deputies could not pull them over for justifiable reasons. Judges called it harassment. Now they have Joe on the stand in front of a Judge and he has to defend himself. Now where can an honest man like Joe come up with money like that to fight the U.S. Government? Yes, I know some people have sent some donations to help but we need to get those that can only afford to send $5 and money for a stamp to mail it to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Phoenix, Arizona 85003 and if they can afford more please do it, Joe's goal is "Take Back America" before all of these ISIS cells already imbedded on our American Soil can kill more Americans.

Anything else I had to say you can read in Jennifer Kabbany's letter.

Semper Fi,

Blaine F. Keith


Convention of States

Friday was the official launch of the Convention of States Caucus, when the initial draft of the rules for the first ever Article V Convention of States was presented. State legislators from across the nation eagerly signed on to the Convention of States Caucus to be a part of this historical process! These legislators are working together online by providing input to the draft rules, to reach a final set of rules that will be submitted for approval at the Convention.
More than 200 State Legislators, representing 40 states, have already signed on as Charter Members of the Convention of States Caucus and more legislators are signing on as I write you this update.

If your state legislator has joined the Convention of States Caucus, you can be sure of the following things:

1) They hear your voice and knows that you want them to implement the only solution as big as the problems facing the nation – a Convention of States;

2) They are forward thinking and want to be a part of forming and approving the rules for the upcoming Convention of States;

3) They are engaged in the fight for self-governance in America, and answer the question, “Who Decides?” with “The people in my state and not the federal government.”

4) They are now plugged into the premier national caucus for the support of legislators committed to calling a Convention of States, allowing them networking and training opportunities with state legislators nationwide.

Will you help us foster self-governance? Will you help us draw the decision making closer to home?

Will you help us afford the support systems, meetings, and needed tools to allow the COS Caucus to be a self-governing network and finalize these Convention rules?

Yours in the fight,

Mark Meckler, President
Convention of States Action


Stop the federal government from religious discrimination

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, requiring states to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Then, not even a week later, on July 2, 2015, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ordered Sweet Cakes by Melissa to pay a lesbian couple $135,000 because Melissa declined to bake them a wedding cake.

With some state government agencies and officials already penalizing people for their moral and religious convictions defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, there are now calls to revoke the tax exempt status of organizations that support natural marriage, and for the federal government to otherwise penalize natural marriage supporters. It is imperative Congress pass legislation that prevents activists in the federal government from discriminating against pro-family individuals and favoring the agenda of liberal activists over religious liberty.

Liberal activists are already attacking the First Amendment Defense Act with false allegations regarding its purpose and effect and Congress needs to know you support legislation that protects the first freedom of all Americans, the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs. Liberal activists falsely claim the First Amendment Defense Act allows federal employees to refuse to do their jobs, for example, by refusing to issue passports to same-sex couples, and even falsely claim it allows employers to fire folks based on sex and familial status. However, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, S.1598, in the Senate, and Representative Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the companion bill, H.R. 2802, in the House, to prevent the federal government from discriminating; these bills do not affect private party relationships and do not give employers free reign to violate current civil rights laws. Rather, the First Amendment Defense Act reiterates the protections the Founding Fathers adopted in the First Amendment to the Constitution in 1791 – protection from government discrimination against Americans by refusing them programs, grants, loans, contracts, and tax benefits, among other things, simply for exercising their religious liberties and acting on their moral convictions.

Act now to ensure religious liberties and moral convictions are not trampled at the feet of liberal, same-sex marriage activists. Contact your Members of Congress today, and tell them to co-sponsor and call for a vote on the First Amendment Defense Act. Call your Congressman and Senators at (202) 224-3121, or email them at the link below and ask them to call for a vote on this critical legislation today.


Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council



America is the country we live and work in. It is a country that soldiers have fought and died for. Families have lost sons and daughters, so businesses and the people that work could have liberties, rights and freedoms. Some of those rights are the right to own prosperity and the right to have a jury trial. If these rights are taken from one American, it means all of the soldiers that have been wounded, or have died in any conflict, will be in vain.

The right to own property and the right to a jury trial could be taken from a veteran soldier. This is all happening in legal proceedings – on appeal in the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit court case AZ-14-1511 and AZ-14-1514.

The time has come in American history that all Americans must stand up and ask attorneys and judges to make a commitment to legal reform. We as Americans are controlled in our daily lives by some type of rule or law. If you do something wrong you will be put in front of attorneys and judges. If judges and attorneys become corrupt then we lose our justice. It’s time to ask attorneys and judges to protect the people’s rights to own property and their rights to have a jury trial. There are many more freedoms and rights that should be protected. If these two rights are covered over with false presentation of laws, then the great America you grew up in, will not be the America the children and grand children will see or be part of.

It’s time for all of us to make a commitment to save America. The beginning of that commitment is for every person in each state to send all of the attorneys and judges an email asking them to make the commitment to legal reform.

If America is going to be saved, we all must care about our country.

Other information: The America Nightmare: the criminal justice system by John Whitenead

Roger Chantel
Veteran and Concerned Citizen