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All Kinds Of Everything In The Race For The Áras

 

Well, it seems my most recent article on Fine Goirm’s Gael’s presidential hopeful Gay Mitchell has unleashed something of a political storm. Mitchell is now being pressed hard to explain his pleas for clemency on behalf of a Christian fundamentalist convicted of a double-murder in the United States back in 2003, his friendship with homophobic American preacher Alveda King (whom he introduced to members of Dáil Éireann and the European Parliament), and his links to a conservative Roman Catholic think-tank which operates at the EU headquarters in Brussels called the Dignitatis Humanae Institute. As RTÉ reports:

‘A spokesman for Fine Gael’s presidential candidate has said it is his understanding that Gay Mitchell, over his more than three decades in politics, has made pleas for clemency on behalf of members of the public.

However, the spokesman said that Mr Mitchell is not currently in a position to specifically identify the number, nature or outcome of those pleas, or the jurisdictions where they were made.

The statement comes as it emerged Mr Mitchell made an appeal for clemency in 2003 in an effort to prevent a double killer being given a lethal injection in the US state of Florida.

Paul Hill, an anti-abortion fanatic, was sentenced to death after murdering a doctor and his bodyguard outside a Florida abortion clinic in 1994.’

So far the Mitchell campaign have yet to release the details of any other pleas for clemency Gay Mitchell may have made in any other capital punishment cases. Though it has been revealed that FG is prepared to spend a hefty €500,000 on the campaign backing him for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann. So obviously Kenny’s qualms about Gay Mitchell only go so far.

One side-effect of all this controversy has been the appearance of a new Facebook Page, Stop Gay Mitchell from becoming president, which seems well on its way to having 1000 members already. For the record, though my blog is linked to the Page and is mentioned frequently, I have no involvement with it.

Meanwhile my two posts on Gay Mitchell have been widely linked to from around the interwebby so I’m getting a lot of traffic at the moment. But it is a bit of a surprise that I myself have come under some scrutiny in the last 48 hours with several contacts being made by journalists (as well as others) wanting to know who I am, who I know and what I know.

Well, the former is not exactly a secret (its in the masthead, folks) and as to who I know, that there is a wide field. But if you’re looking here for a conspiracy theory you’re looking in the wrong place. Everything I’ve written about Gay Mitchell is public knowledge; its just that some of it is not widely known public knowledge: until now. So no secret tip-offs, leaked emails or meetings in underground carparks à la Deep Throat. A simple Google search and some lengthy reading brings it altogether. Like this letter from the World Congress of Families featuring Gay Mitchell introducing Alveda King to members of the European Parliament, which also includes a link to King’s Priests For Life group and her personal blog where she quotes approvingly of a letter addressed to President Obama on the ‘abominations of abortion and homosexuality’:

‘Mr. President, there are two sins, which once they reach heaven will invoke the wrath of God upon any nation that dares to practice them. They are child sacrifice, the shedding of innocent blood (abortion) and homosexuality. Every nation that has allowed these abominations to run rampant was dispossessed by Almighty God. The classical judgments of the Lord are upon us. He is touching our ecology. We can blame “global warming” all day long, but this will not solve the frequency and intensity of the natural disasters that are striking us. He is touching our economy and draining our wealth. You may mean well with the “bailout,” but God has more woe, than you and the federal government have relief. War can also be a judgment from the Lord and left unchecked can lead to civil war. It cost America 630,000 lives to atone for the sin and crime of slavery. One can only imagine the cost of American lives to atone for the 50 million children we have slaughtered on the altar of choice.

There is a direct connection between the domestic terrorism we are committing in the womb and the foreign terrorism threatening us from without. God’s word warns, “Bloodshed touches bloodshed, it breaks out (Hosea 4:1, 2).” We have sowed bloodshed in the womb and we are reaping it in our streets, schools, workplaces, and churches. Death has become the solution to solve our economic and moral problems. God’s word affirms, “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death (Proverbs 8:36).” America has proven that we will destroy marriage for sex, (adultery and “gay marriage”) kill for sex, (abortion) and we will die for sex, (HIV AIDS).

Biblically, homosexuality means the “burning out” of man. It is a sign that our civilization is burning the candle at both ends and is going the way of every other nation that dared parade their sin like Sodom in the face of a holy God. Historically, rampant homosexuality has been one of the social malignancies that have preceded the fall of nations (Greece, Rome, etc.)

Tragically, it is these constituencies that helped catapult you to power and thus you are deeply beholden to them. You have clearly pledged to implement their agenda.

Mr. President, whether or not you are willing to face the self-evident truth, there is a direct connection between our national sins, immoral state and the burden of debt crushing our nation’s future. Our nation is deluded to think that we can lie, steal, cheat, defraud, kill babies, promote homosexuality, spread pornography, destroy marriage and continue to live high on the hog. We imagine there is no connection between our moral and spiritual state and the litany of woe consuming our country. Americans act as if there is no God, no objective truth, no transcendent commandments, and no eternal accountability. Unfortunately, history will prove us wrong. How dreadfully wrong remains to be seen. Surely, our national pride jealousy guards our blindness and fuels our rebellion against heaven!

Mr. President, we can treat symptoms, but it will never bring the restoration of America’s greatness. America was great because America was good. America for far too long has ceased to be good and our greatness is fading.

God’s word states, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:19).” Mr. President, if you move forward with promoting that which is invoking God’s wrath, America will continue its slide into perdition. If you muster the courage and humility to end abortion and the homosexual agenda, yes, it will raise the ire of those who placed you in the White House, but it will also bring God’s favor and blessing upon your administration.

Those who honor God, God will honor. You can continue to please men and offend the holiness of God or you can please God and offend men. The choice is yours, but please remember that abortion and homosexuality is choosing death and cursing for America, while choosing life and righteousness brings God’s blessing. What will you choose? Whatever I can do to assist you in making the right choice, I’m at your service.

Mr. President, you have come into the kingdom for such a times as this. The question that must be answered is it for America’s further demise or for America’s much needed recovery. It will be your policies that will determine the outcome. Therefore choose wisely.’

Well now. Here is a question or two that Gay Mitchell might answer. Does he agree with his friend and compatriot Alveda King and the sentiments that she approves of , which link terrorism and abortion to homosexuality? Does he believe that gay men and women will lead to the end of civilisation as we know it? And if he doesn’t, what on earth was he doing allowing this militant, right-wing American Christian fundamentalist into the European Parliament, or worse into our national parliament? Does Enda Kenny and other senior members of Fine Gael agree with Alveda King, that homosexuality is an abomination? Well…?

And so on to some other presidential news from the Irish Times:

‘Former MEP Rosemary “Dana” Scallon is considering an attempt to get on the ballot paper for the presidential election this October, according to her brother John Brown who acts as her spokesman.

“She is deliberating on the matter and is looking at it very seriously,” he said yesterday following Senator David Norris’s decision to withdraw.

Mr Brown said that Ms Scallon had come under great pressure from various elements in society to stand in the election. He said she had gone on a two-week holiday and would make a decision on whether or not to seek a nomination on her return.

Mr Brown said the message was coming through that the people wanted to decide who would be president and they didn’t want the decision made for them by political parties. To secure a place on the ballot paper Ms Scallon would need the backing of four county councils or 20 Oireachtas members.

She ran for the presidency in 1997 and secured her place on the ballot paper by winning a nomination from four county councils.

Ms Scallon finished third in that election behind Mary McAleese of Fianna Fáil and Mary Banotti of Fine Gael. But she was ahead of Labour Party candidate Adi Roche.’

Yikes. This contest for the presidency is rapidly turning into the Holy Joe Show. Who’s next? Bishop Casey?!

 

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